Author: George

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

I was inspired by this post from Brady Venables, and especially this paragraph: My biggest pet peeve is when I hear people speak of wanting to provide students the same education they received.  This is a crime.  Insisting that we change our education to fit today’s kids and world doesn’t mean that the educations we … [Read more…]

Read More If we know better, we have to do better. #IMMOOC

You have heard the jokes about the “Red M&Ms” when referring to people with outrageous demands or acting like divas.  This story had been so convoluted, that many people (including myself) had thought that at some point, a rock band, had asked for only red M&Ms, but in fact, this story was wrong.  Listening to a podcast … [Read more…]

Read More Education and Brown M&Ms

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period.  We will begin on September 17, 2016 and finish at the end of October (although the learning will continue long after that).  Currently, we are planning some YouTube Live sessions that will happen on the weekends (either Friday, Saturday, … [Read more…]

Read More The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

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