Tag: George Couros

  “The driver for learning is social connection.”   The statement above from the Edutopia video on “Making Connections with Greetings at the Door” is one that truly resonated. Check out the entire video below.    “I see you, I know you, I’m connecting with you, and you’re important to me.”   How powerful is … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance and Impact of Greetings in Virtual Hallways

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

Since I initially recorded this podcast in early February, a lot in our world has changed since then. Instead of posting this now, I hope that you can glean some insights from what I am sharing and create some ideas to apply to today’s context.  That is the whole premise of the Innovator’s Mindset. What … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Leader #Podcast

This week, I have released episode 1 of a weekly podcast that I have planned for years but, finally, have taken the initiative to put together and release it to the world.  Each podcast is meant to be 10-20 minutes long and discuss something I have been thinking about, and hopefully provide some inspiration or … [Read more…]

Read More Making an Impact on One Person (#Podcast)

For the last three years, I have shared some of my favorite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing year and beyond!! 2017  |  2018   |  2019 “Students should have rich, relevant, … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2020

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

All over Canada, and at many schools in North America, today is the first day of school. Doing the work that I do today, I did not realize that until I opened up Facebook this morning and was hit by a barrage of “the first day of grade _____” pictures all over my feed.  The … [Read more…]

Read More Maintaining “First-Day” Excitement

It is with great pleasure that I share  “Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset” my co-authored book with Katie Novak, is now available. As the follow-up to “The Innovator’s Mindset,” this book is meant to not only help you create a vision for what our schools and classrooms can … [Read more…]

Read More Innovate Inside the Box (The Book)

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

There was an interesting conversation between two participants in a workshop that I was facilitating that I have been thinking about a lot over the last 24 hours.  One participant asked the following question (paraphrased): “What do you do if you have someone in your organization that has great leadership skills, but they are leading … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ways to Develop a Shared Path Toward One Vision

In March of 2015, I wrote the post, “3 Important Shifts in Education“, and focused on moving these three conversations: “Digital Citizenship” to “Digital Empathy”  “Student Voice” to “Student Leadership” “Growth Mindset” to “Innovator’s Mindset” The focus of the original post was not moving on from the former to the latter, but building upon and … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Conversation Shifts in Education

Eric Sheninger tweeted this out recently: Kids aren’t distracted because of devices. They are distracted because of the task, lack of relevance, and no real accountability. — Eric Sheninger (@E_Sheninger) February 28, 2018 When you have a moment, read the comments back and forth on the tweet. The most important aspect of what he tweeted … [Read more…]

Read More Your Best “Classroom Management” Strategy

Alec Couros shared this on Facebook: Every “new” revolution or trend in education is inevitably accompanied by the critics who wisely note “We tried this back in the x0’s. If you want change to happen and to stick, engage your historians to better understand why things failed the first time around. I then shared his post on […]

Read More Been there, done that? Actually, no.

Although this commercial is a few years old, and it is a scotch commercial, it is a beautiful story. Seriously, take the time to watch it. If you watched this, you might be crying. Over a scotch commercial. When I show this to educators, I always remind them, that if you would cry over a … [Read more…]

Read More What’s your compelling reason?

The term “world class education” has been something that I have heard several times this summer in my travels, and I appreciate so many teachers, schools, and districts setting the bar high for themselves.  When the highest expectations that are set upon you are from yourself, the chance of disappointing others becomes minimal. In a … [Read more…]

Read More A World Class Education?

When I first started teaching, I was blessed to have a grade level partner who shared everything with me.  As an educator, I was extremely lucky to work beside someone who had a lot of experience in education and was willing to share their knowledge and wisdom with a brand new teacher. I was also lucky to … [Read more…]

Read More The Education “Bat Signal”

When I first started teaching, I was blessed to have a grade level partner who shared everything with me.  As an educator, I was extremely lucky to work beside someone who had a lot of experience in education and was willing to share their knowledge and wisdom with a brand new teacher. I was also lucky to … [Read more…]

Read More The Education “Bat Signal”