Tag: Developing and Facilitating Leadership

It is always a blessing when students are able to attend professional learning opportunities for their teachers. There is a different accountability to everyone in the room when the students are watching. Any time I have students join any professional learning opportunity that I deliver, I always ask for feedback, as I am doing my … [Read more…]

Read More The Students are Paying Attention

  One of the biggest errors in leadership is when people aren’t moving forward and leaders look outward first, and not inward.  If you are wondering why people aren’t moving forward, ask how you are changing your leadership first, not why they aren’t changing their practice.  I have seen this mistake over and over again … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions to Help People Embrace Meaningful Change

…because you are overthinking. “Will anyone like this?” “Have  I wrote something similar?” “Is it good enough?” “What does this make me look like as an educator?” “I am not sure it is ready to post?” “Maybe I should go over and edit just one more time!” “I think I need more information…” “There are … [Read more…]

Read More Why you aren’t blogging more…

This Tony Robbins quote, “Where focus goes, energy flows”, has been stuck in my head all week. Whether you look at this quote from the perspective of an individual, or an organization, it is important to understand that if  we are to grow in any area, the willingness to learn is crucial.  Not only is it important … [Read more…]

Read More The One Quality All Successful People Have

Katie Martin and I have become very good friends over the past few years. We seem to be passionate about many of the same things, yet we both push and support one another.  You need those type of people in your life; people who know when to be a “cheerleader”, but also a critical friend. … [Read more…]

Read More Smart Yet Relatable

I often get the opportunity to work with students and speak to them in large gatherings, which can be tough.  Some of the educators that I speak to might know me from my book, blog, or Twitter, but it is rare that students have any clue who I am.  Online connections help to build rapport … [Read more…]

Read More On the Other Side of the Screen

In my opinion, Bruno Mars was one of the most memorable Super Bowl half time shows I have ever seen. I have seen him in concert, and he is an amazing entertainer. When I recently saw this video being shared on Facebook, I had to share it myself. A couple of things that stuck out … [Read more…]

Read More “A Blessed Unrest”

We talk often about the importance of “collaboration”,  but talking about the impact of an individual is often taboo.  Effective collaboration is made up of bringing unique talents of individuals to move a group ahead. It is not about all thinking the same thing, but the strengths of individuals coming together.  Collaboration is talked about … [Read more…]

Read More Being a Void that is Felt

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)

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

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…]

Read More Our Students

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

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

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