Tag: George Couros

“Educators who work in isolation improve incrementally, while educators who collaborate transform exponentially!” I said this in a Twitter Chat a few days ago in response to the question: “Why do you believe that a shared vision and belief system is important to transform education?” This was one of the Twitter Chat questions posed by […]

Read More Isolation vs Collaboration

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

I had the honour to be able to keynote the “Arts Integration Conference“, an online conference focusing on the importance of arts in education (hint…it’s very important).  I was asked to prepare an online keynote discussing “The Innovator’s Mindset“, and wanted to share it below. I focus on the importance of “innovating inside of the … [Read more…]

Read More Developing “The Innovator’s Mindset” (Video)

Dealing with setbacks is tough and can often lead to feelings of resentment and jealousy. This short video from comedian Chelsea Handler is a really great story on how to deal with it, and gives a great perspective. I know that I have felt this myself, and it can be tough, but this video is … [Read more…]

Read More “There will be a place for you”

I happened across this article titled, “11 Ways To Instantly Connect With Anyone“, and although it is meant for more one-on-one interactions, there is a lot of wisdom in it that would tie into speaking or presentations. The first point in the article was the following: 1. Leave a strong first impression. Most people decide whether … [Read more…]

Read More Turning the Spotlight on the Audience

Innovation is more about mindset, than skill set.  This is something that I truly believe and focus on in my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” (Which I think would also be a good part of this list as well!). In schools though, “innovation” is not only about individuals, but something that is required at all levels. … [Read more…]

Read More 11 Books To Further an #InnovatorsMindset

If you were a new teacher, administrator, or staff member in any field, and you were posed with a new challenge or problem, what would you do? From my experience, people in newer positions are more likely to try to figure out a solution, or show a willingness to learn something new, as they are … [Read more…]

Read More The Beautiful Discomfort of “New”

Good professional learning will give you lots of ideas on what you can do with your students on “Monday”. Great professional learning will make you think about how you teach every day.  It should not only provide ideas, but make you feel a little uncomfortable.  There is a fine balance and one of the greatest … [Read more…]

Read More Creating Bridges

Spending a lot of time at technology conferences, one thing is evident; there are a ton of sessions on “stuff”.  As I write this post, people are scurrying around to find ways to connect “Pokemon Go” to the classroom. Sessions like “100 tech tools in 60 minutes”, often dominate these conferences.  So many choices, yet … [Read more…]

Read More “EdTech” is a Leadership Position

Getting a message from a friend on Facebook, she had mentioned Daniel Pink’s book “Drive”, and it reminded me of how much his Ted Talk really made an impact on my learning and thinking.  There are some really good Ted Talks (or TedX Talks), but to be honest, there are only a few that really changed my … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Great Ted Talks That Will Challenge Your Thinking

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I am excited to share that my first book, “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity“, is now available.

If you would have asked me years ago, if I would ever write a book, I would have never imagined it.  Yet, diving into my own learning through this blog, has really helped me to try to think and go deeper into what we can do for schools and our kids.

I am truly grateful for so many people that helped and inspired me (and have shared many of them in this book), and for Dave and Shelley Burgess in helping me write a book that I am really excited for others to read.  They have been remarkably supportive and I appreciate that they reached out to me.  If it weren’t for the people that I have connected with through Twitter and this blog, as well as so many educators around the world, not only would I have not had ideas to share, I wouldn’t have had the the courage to share them. I am grateful to so many that have pushed my learning and helped me create something to share.

I just wanted to say thank you.

So….thank you 🙂

Below is a summary of the book:

Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future. The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum. But our job as educators is to provide new and better opportunities for our students. It’s time to recognize that compliance doesn’t foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, or inspire creativity–and those are the skills our students need to succeed.

In The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore–and to become forward-thinking leaders. If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you. Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set: it’s about a mindset. The Innovator’s Mindset is for you if: You are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who wants to empower your staff to create a culture of innovation You are a school leader – at any level – and want to help students and educators become their personal best. You are a teacher who wants to create relevant learning experiences and help students develop the skills they need to be successful. You’ll be inspired to: Connect with other innovative educators Support teachers and leaders as learners Tap into the strength of your learning community Create ongoing opportunities for innovation Seek more effective methods for measuring progress And, most importantly, embrace change and use it to do something amazing.

Read More The Innovator’s Mindset (The Book)

I had the opportunity to talk about some of the things that are happening in classrooms in Alberta and around the world with a Calgary radio show.  It was really…

Read More Innovation in Schools (Podcast)