Author: George

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey In a conversation with a principal yesterday, she asked me how I keep up with blogging.  I then proceeded to ask her if her door is “always open”, to which she replied “yes”. My response? You have to close it sometimes. … [Read more…]

Read More “Blogging is your job.”

Every time I have a speaking engagement or consult, I hope the people that I serve have very high expectations of what I do.  Not only do I want them to have high expectations of my work, I want to exceed their expectations. Having extremely high expectations of yourself, can be numbing and discouraging, as you … [Read more…]

Read More Education is a Team Sport

Being an administrator is hard work.  I tried my best, and although I know people thought I did a great job, some people didn’t.  I understood this but it doesn’t mean it didn’t (doesn’t) bother me. As I have talked about before, what I always tried to focus on was the question, “What is best … [Read more…]

Read More On Doing Your Best…

These lyrics from a song by Macklemore and Lewis called “Growing Up“,  brought me to tears: Don’t wanna be a dad that’s living in FaceTime But I’ve got a world to sing to and you at the same time I am truly blessed to do what I do. Travelling all over the place, learning with … [Read more…]

Read More What’s a video worth?

Anxiety can be high when you have a new superintendent, principal, or boss in general.  The thoughts of, “What changes will this person do while they are here? What will this new person mean for my context?  Will I get along with them or not?” Understandably a new person entering our lives, especially one with … [Read more…]

Read More Taking Advantage of a Blank Slate

  Leading #IMMOOC right now, once a week Katie Martin and I lead a YouTube live session for participants.  Because our schedules are busy, we can not have a show at the same time each week, as well, participants also have their own lives. It is a lot to expect people to watch a live … [Read more…]

Read More Kids Teaching the World

  Leading #IMMOOC right now, once a week Katie Martin and I lead a YouTube live session for participants.  Because our schedules are busy, we can not have a show at the same time each week, as well, participants also have their own lives. It is a lot to expect people to watch a live … [Read more…]

Read More Kids Teaching the World

  Leading #IMMOOC right now, once a week Katie Martin and I lead a YouTube live session for participants.  Because our schedules are busy, we can not have a show at the same time each week, as well, participants also have their own lives. It is a lot to expect people to watch a live … [Read more…]

Read More Kids Teaching the World

I used to be a pretty good runner, in what seems like forever a go.  I used to run marathons and would wake up every morning with my shorts and socks on (literally), so I could just brush my teeth, put on my shoes, and take off.  I was good at it because I would run … [Read more…]

Read More No Shortage of Road

I had the privilege of speaking to middle school and high school students on the notion of “Digital Leadership”, which I wrote a definition for in 2013: Using the vast reach of technology (especially the use of social media) to improve the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others. As I started the presentation, I asked … [Read more…]

Read More Focusing on What Students Can Do

Recently at a workshop, one of amazing educators in the room talked about the shift in language from a “fixed mindset” to a “growth mindset”.  She made this distinction: Fixed Mindset –> “I don’t know.” Growth Mindset –> “I don’t know…yet.” This belief in your ability to learn is crucial not only for our students, but … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond Knowing

I originally posted “5 Critical Questions for the Innovative Educator” in September of 2014.  Here are the original five questions that I still think are crucial: Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom? What is best for this student? What is this student’s passion? What are some ways that we can … [Read more…]

Read More 3 More Critical Questions For the Innovative Educator

Over the past few years, I have been really focusing on the notion of “innovation in education” and what it actually means?  Sometimes though, I feel that there is a lot of repetition in what I am saying, and although a different audience may not have been exposed to my thoughts, I am on a … [Read more…]

Read More Stuck in a rut or going deep?

My brain is in so many different social media spaces now that I have no idea where this question came from, but someone asked (paraphrased), “What do we mean by risk taking?” I thought about it, and in my opinion, when people are talking about “risk taking” in the context of education, they are not … [Read more…]

Read More What’s the risk? #IMMOOC

Starting “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC this week (#IMMOOC), a lot of people are jumping into blogging, and many people are reluctant and nervous.  Rightfully so. It can be a daunting task. But as you are doing it, think of this image created by my brother years ago: Many people focus on the technologies on the … [Read more…]

Read More The Arrows Go Back and Forth #IMMOOC