Tag: #Book2

In the follow-up to “The Innovator’s Mindset,” my book written with Katie Novak titled “Innovate Inside the Box” (expected release mid-August 2019), I identify three critical areas for learning by educators and why they are crucial.  They are the following.” Learning about our students Learning for our students Learning from our students The first two are … [Read more…]

Read More The Value of Learning From Our Students

One way you can think about leadership when you are frustrated with others: Why won’t they move forward? A better way to think about leadership when we are frustrated with others: What can I do better to help others move forward? In the first scenario, you are looking for ways to control others. Good luck … [Read more…]

Read More “Leading” often means going first.

I am playing with some ideas in my head, so I am “writing to learn” in this post instead of writing to share my learning.  Bear with me as I work through this post. I have been playing around with this term in my head of “Education Centrist” and wondering what that term means for … [Read more…]

Read More Somewhere in the Middle

I have shared the “8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset” for several years, and the one characteristic that seems to get the least attention and is the least “flashy” for many people is the ability to be “observant.” The more I think about it; this ability is becoming more critical in our world than ever. … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Tips for Becoming More Observant in a World Full of Noise

The article, “The Most Important Skill at the Office Isn’t Being Taught in School” (it’s curiosity) stuck out to me not only because of the focus on curiosity, but I believe in the inaccuracy of the title.  From my perspective, I have seen more of a discussion in schools on having students ask great questions … [Read more…]

Read More Where Curiosity Will Lead Education

“Student Voice” is something that many schools are focusing on and for a good reason.  If we, as educators, understand that we serve our students and not the other way around, getting their thought and feedback for not only problems but solutions in moving our schools forward, is crucial. From my experience though, I have … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions for Reflection to Move Forward

I shared this post recently, “These Are The Skills That Your Kids Will Need For The Future (Hint: It’s Not Coding),” and I want to start with a quote from the end of the article first. Perhaps most of all, we need to be honest with ourselves and make peace with the fact that our … [Read more…]

Read More Teachers as Agents of Change

I have been paying a lot of attention to the importance of stories in changing school culture.  While many people are focused on the idea of “data” changing the culture, the reality is that practice doesn’t change because of numbers. It can inform our practice, but it is unlikely it will inspire us to do something … [Read more…]

Read More Change the Story, Change the Culture

One of my fears when writing, “The Innovator’s Mindset“, was that I would leave something out and that it would be incomplete.  I then came to grips with the idea that although the learning is shared in book form, the learning on the topic, one that I am extremely passionate about, would continue.  Waiting until … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Images to Further the #InnovatorsMindset

I recently heard this term called, “Occam’s Razor”, and I found it quite interesting: Occam’s razor is a principle first developed by the Franciscan friar and philosopher, William of Ockham. Whilst it is likely that the philosophy was posthumously attributed to him, as it was based upon common medieval philosophy, it seems to be a … [Read more…]

Read More Education Decision Making Flowchart

The perception of what “innovation” is seems to be a barrier in many circumstances in embracing the idea.  In “The Innovator’s Mindset“, I use the following definition: Innovation is a common term in many educational circles today and has been used a number of times in this book already. But what does it actually mean—especially … [Read more…]

Read More Innovate Forward

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s).  They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students.  Unfortunately, this can be either shape us in a positive or negative manner. I asked this question of educators recently: In your time as … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s).  They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students.  Unfortunately, this can either shape us in a positive or negative manner. I asked this question of educators recently: In your time as a … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

In my post, “4 Non-Negotiables for Schools“, I wrote that the first one was the most important: 1. They are a welcoming and warm environment. As someone who goes into schools often, I can get a feeling of the culture within a few minutes. Whether it is talking to the secretary, or seeing what is on … [Read more…]

Read More “…in the service of the right aims”