Tag: Embodying Visionary Leadership

I saw my brother, Dr. Alec Couros, share this short and powerful video by Liv McNeil. Please take three minutes to watch it: An incredible video by a student to show one person’s experience during emergency remote teaching.  I have had a lot of conversations with educators about their students during the past few months. The … [Read more…]

Read More The “Numb” Feeling of Emergency Remote Teaching

You can listen to the whole podcast on this topic with some added stories on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, on YouTube.     One of the comments I keep hearing over and over again during this time goes something like, “It has been amazing to see teachers try so many things that they haven’t done … [Read more…]

Read More What Leads to Meaningful Change? #Podcast

Although this podcast on “4 Non-Negotiables” was recorded long before schools moved to “Emergency Remote Teaching,” these ideas still apply, but may look different.  As you read the post below or listen to the podcast, consider these questions: You can listen to the full podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Soundcloud, or check out the original post from … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools #Podcast

In this week’s podcast, I discuss some of my hopes for when schools return to a face-to-face setting and dive into those ideas.  You can check it out on YouTube, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.  Check out the full video below, and below is a summary of some of the ideas shared in the full … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Hopes for When Schools Reopen Face-To-Face

When I first did my internship, I had an awesome mentor teacher who helped to get my career started in the right direction. I know this is not always the case for new teachers, and as a former teacher and administrator, I know how much a great mentor can matter when you are new to … [Read more…]

Read More The Quickest Path to a Destination

I recently posted “4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning” and I wanted to put together a podcast for people to be able to access the big ideas in a way that makes sense to them, while also reposting the original post. My podcast discusses the main ideas from the original post but provides some … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning #Podcast

In September of 2018, I wrote the post “10 Core Values for Education” based on the “Core Values” of the online shoe company, Zappos.   In this post and podcast, I share something I did that was more focused on following the rules rather than doing what was right for my students, and how creating and discussing our … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Core Values for Education #Podcast

Check out the full podcast discussing these ideas on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes. As I have shared these questions from “Innovate Inside the Box” often in finding the strengths, passions, and abilities of the students in our classrooms: They can be modified for different age levels and can help tie teaching from a curriculum into student learning.  For … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Staff (and Students) #Podcast

I was lucky enough to record a conversation (coming out soon) with Christina Tondevold, and she had discussed her children. Paraphrasing as best as I can from memory, she had shared that one of her children could struggle in school and sometimes become disruptive in the classroom. Yet, on the other hand, her children could … [Read more…]

Read More If students could graduate from school early, would they?

No matter your position in education, you can influence change.  If we are waiting for “someone else” to create meaningful change, it might not happen.  In this podcast, loosely based on the “5 Ways to Influence Change” blog post from May 2014, mixed with a story I discuss in “Innovate Inside the Box,” I will … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Ways to Influence Change #Podcast

In this week’s episode of the podcast, I discuss why it is imperative to move beyond a growth mindset; to create something meaningful with what we know. This podcast is loosely based on the November 2018 blog post “Moving Beyond a Growth Mindset.“ You can check out the full podcast on Apple iTunes or Soundcloud. … [Read more…]

Read More What We Do With What We Know #Podcast

I have been trying to play guitar more as of late, and I was watching a video on playing guitar by Paul Davids.  I love listening to his content, and you will see people refer to him as the “Bob Ross of guitar,” and I get the comparison. I often listen to his video to … [Read more…]

Read More Playing Slow to Become Better

Just some thinking out loud…I have no idea where this is going, but I am “writing to learn” not only to share my learning. This excerpt from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” was just reshared with me on Twitter, and it sparked some of my thinking. An artist had his easel set up on a … [Read more…]

Read More On the Path to “Purpose”

My good friend Katie Martin, author of “Learner-Centered Innovation,” and I were having a conversation about the importance of focusing on going beyond “test scores” in education and focusing on providing powerful learning opportunities for students.  Standardized tests are a reality of most education systems, and I am not sure they are going away any … [Read more…]

Read More Learning to Learn Beyond the Test

I am currently recording some podcast episodes that I am planning to release in January 2020.  Honestly, I am frustrated with the process.  My mic sounds terrible and doesn’t have that silky smooth radio voice sound that I was hoping.  I tried a new mic, and although it seems better than what I had, the … [Read more…]

Read More The Needed Struggle of Learning