Author: George

This picture was shared on Facebook and I thought it was extremely powerful:                                       To be honest, I have no idea the validity of the post or if it is from where it says it is from. … [Read more…]

Read More Developing AND Finding Intelligence

I saw a post on Twitter talking about removing the word “teaching” and simply replacing it with “learning”. I have to admit, I cringed at the thought.  That being said, I do believe a great teacher starts from the view point of a learner, not the teacher.  This is something that is a needed shift … [Read more…]

Read More #AGreatTeacherIs…

It was an interesting day for me.  I spoke in the same district that I did my first keynote in by myself, and it was an amazing experience to reconnect and think about my journey over the last few years.  The person that asked me to speak over six years ago was still there, and … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Obvious Ways Twitter Promotes Literacy

Thinking through writing… A question I always receive in workshops regarding the use of technology in the classroom is regarding the notion of “screen time”; what amount is too much (as you will never hear someone asking how much is sufficient!)? Recently, “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)”, changed their recommendations on the amount of … [Read more…]

Read More Screen time; Quality versus Quantity

Speaking about the opportunities there are for learning in our world today through technology, I asked educators in the room to do a “Twitter Video Reflection” and share their learning back to the hashtag.  Since many of them were new to Twitter, they didn’t know how to do it, so I decided to not help … [Read more…]

Read More Spoon-Fed Learning

Over my summer travels, I have heard this quote several times (attributed to Haim Ginott but may have been adapted from Goethe): “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a … [Read more…]

Read More The Most Important Part of the Learning Environment

I asked this question earlier on Twitter: Curious your thoughts…Which sign in school would do more to reduce bullying – “Bullying stops here!” or “Leadership starts here!” – Ideas? — George Couros (@gcouros) August 23, 2016 (Click on the tweet to see the responses as there are a lot!) First of all, I do not … [Read more…]

Read More Higher Expectations

I asked this question earlier on Twitter: Curious your thoughts…Which sign in school would do more to reduce bullying – “Bullying stops here!” or “Leadership starts here!” – Ideas? — George Couros (@gcouros) August 23, 2016 (Click on the tweet to see the responses as there are a lot!) First of all, I do not … [Read more…]

Read More Higher Expectations

People often say to me, “I don’t want to be a principal…The things you have to do are just not for me.” My response immediately is, “You don’t have to do what the principal does now…you have the ability to create something new.” I was reminded of this when I had a conversation with a … [Read more…]

Read More Redefine the Role

I encourage people to challenge me in my workshops, and share their frustrations and hurdles that they have to jump to get to the next level. This one amazing lady shared this with me. She said, “You know every time I learn something new in my work as a teacher, all of a sudden there … [Read more…]

Read More Learning is the Job

Digital portfolios are something that are really starting to take off in schools.  There are different software programs that will make “portfolios” easy to share, yet do we truly embrace the power that a digital portfolio can bring into our schools?  Since it is “digital”, we need to go beyond a portfolio that only represents one year … [Read more…]

Read More 7 Important Questions Before Implementing Digital Portfolios

This summer, I had the opportunity to speak to Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, and was lucky enough to get to do a podcast with Kerissa Bearce.  Take a listen below: Here is one of the elements from the podcast that I talked about and hopefully it resonates.  Enjoy the podcast! May 22, 2013 10 Ideas To Move … [Read more…]

Read More Leading Digital Innovation – A Podcast

One of the amazing things about my job, is the ability to learn from so many amazing individuals. Donna DeSiato is one of those leaders.  The vision for education, as well as the moves they are making to make that a reality, show the importance of leadership and bringing people together.  The “system” is always made … [Read more…]

Read More Grades Do Not Tell the Story of a Child

In my last post, I shared an article regarding a Michigan High School that recently banned mobile devices from their classrooms. Here was one of my comments: These articles used to really bother me, but what I have learned is that I never know the whole story. There is always more to any article or … [Read more…]

Read More Distracted From School or Learning?

My good friend AJ Juliani is about to start a Genius Hour Master Course.  His passion for this topic and his ability to share his enthusiasm has made a significant difference with so many educators. As this is a paid course, you can sign up here, and he is also offering a 20% discount if … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year