Author: George

This time of year can be emotionally exhausting, so here is something that might brighten up your day. Watch this GIF of a dad teaching his son to hit a baseball and tells him to “keep his eye on the ball”: “Keep your eye on the ball son” I laughed hysterically at this when I … [Read more…]

Read More The Emotional Roller Coaster of Being a Teacher

  In my consulting work with Winnipeg School Division (#WinnipegSD), we have developed a program in which we develop “Innovative Teaching and Learning Leads” (ITLLs). The purpose of this program is to focus not only what innovative teaching and learning looks like, but also to develop teachers as leaders to support the process within their schools. When … [Read more…]

Read More “Telling will never be as effective as experiencing.”

Education is an extremely tough profession.  Spend any significant amount of time in a classroom or a school, and you will see how complex the profession is, and the many roles that educators serve in the work that they do.  Each year, it is only becoming more and more complex. With countless initiatives, either new … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Things We Need to Always Remember in Education

Education is an extremely tough profession.  Spend any significant amount of time in a classroom or a school, and you will see how complex the profession is, and the many roles that educators serve in the work that they do.  Each year, it is only becoming more and more complex. With countless initiatives, either new … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Things We Need to Always Remember in Education

In my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset“, I shared “The Mantra of an Innovative Educator”.  Here is what I wrote: I am an educator. I am an innovator. I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask: “What is best for learners?” With this empathetic approach, I will create and design learning experiences with … [Read more…]

Read More The Mantra of An Innovative Educator (Video)

The narrative of “are you a manager or a leader?”, is one that is shared too often.  I tweeted this article yesterday that talked about this very thing: What do you think? – 9 Differences Between Being A Leader And A Manager https://t.co/b22BOQEllj — George Couros (@gcouros) November 15, 2016 Here are some of the … [Read more…]

Read More We Need Leaders AND Managers

A very close friend of mine, were talking about “innovative spaces” in schools, and the thought of bringing someone in to talk more about it.  My question was, “So if you get people excited about redesigning their classrooms, how are you going to support it? Are you spending money on something that you might actually … [Read more…]

Read More An Idea To Help Develop Innovative Spaces In Your Schools

More of a message to myself than anyone else… Sometimes people post things at exactly the right time.  My good friend, Amber Teamann, posted this on her blog titled, “Calm the Storm…You’re the Principal”.  These words resonated: What I have learned, through that example and several others, is that students (or grown-ups!) are going to … [Read more…]

Read More Being a Fountain

So many people go to conferences and they will say things like, “I really loved the speaker, but I really loved the time that I had to connect with colleagues informally and share our ideas.” I could not agree with this statement more. Too often when I speak at events, their is a short break … [Read more…]

Read More Give Me Time to Think, Connect, and Reflect

Grades and test scores should not be your driver. This is not why the vast majority of people became educators. Yet, we still have to pay attention to them.  For me to tell you otherwise would be irresponsible. It is easy for someone that is not in the classroom to say this, but it’s not … [Read more…]

Read More Grades and Test Scores Should Not Be Your Driver

You can’t change anyone but yourself, but you can create the conditions where change is more likely to happen for others.  As I work with many educators in leadership positions, I try to focus on going beyond the content of a message, and looking at the delivery of the message. Yet there are things that I … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ways We Hold Others Back

Last week, I had a couple of interesting conversations… The first one was when I was delivering a session on portfolios.  To start off the session, I tell people immediately, “This is not going to be something I show you that you can do the next day with kids. It is hard and will take … [Read more…]

Read More Patience, persistence, and a willingness to grow.

I was inspired by this Medium post from Bryan Alexander , going through some terms on “Educational Technology”, that may be misconstrued or used incorrectly.  This was one of my favourites: Blended learning, n. The practice of combining digital and analog teaching. Also referred to as “teaching”, “learning”, and “the real world”. Yes!!!!  We don’t pull out … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Terms We Need to Rethink in Education

Many schools that are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for students.  Simply put, students are able to bring in their own laptops, iPads, phones, etc., into their classrooms. Oftentimes though, this based on “teacher discretion”.  If the teacher is not comfortable with students bringing in devices, they will have to leave them out of the … [Read more…]

Read More On “Teacher Discretion”

Many schools that are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for students.  Simply put, students are able to bring in their own laptops, iPads, phones, etc., into their classrooms. Oftentimes though, this based on “teacher discretion”.  If the teacher is not comfortable with students bringing in devices, they will have to leave them out of the … [Read more…]

Read More On “Teacher Discretion”

Your students go through the process of coming up with a great idea…It could quite possibly be the beginning of a business, a medical breakthrough, or maybe even change the world. But an idea can’t change the world unless people know about it. Is this something we explicitly teach in schools? Recently working with some amazingly thoughtful … [Read more…]

Read More Developing Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Years ago, interviewing for a grade 2 position at my school, I asked the candidate, “How would they integrate technology with grade 2 students?”  Their response was along the lines of, “I don’t think students should be using technology in grade 2.”  When I asked her why, she said things like “it takes much time … [Read more…]

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