Tag: innovate inside the box

  The above quote is something I am known for. Not just the quote, but the ability to find positive and opportunities in tough situations. I am not sure if I would consider myself an “optimist,” but I have worked to become a solution-focused person. Sometimes, I do force myself to be positive because I … [Read more…]

Read More Start Again Tomorrow

You can listen to the full podcast discussing the post below on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, or watch it on YouTube.        I read a comment on a feedback form that said something like, “These are great ideas, but how do they apply to teaching math?”  Every educator, including myself, wants ideas and … [Read more…]

Read More Creating Our Own Connections for Learning

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

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

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 discuss the story below more in my most recent podcast. You can check it out on Apple iTunes or Soundcloud. Years ago, I had the opportunity to do my first presentation for a conference outside of the country. I was asked by a group in New York to lead a session at a conference. … [Read more…]

Read More You Are the Solution #Podcast

In “Innovate Inside the Box,” I discussed three types of learning essential for educators: Being a master learner requires that we look at learning in three ways: learning about our students, learning for our students, and learning from our students. In the video below, I talk about each concept in under a minute.  I made … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Types of Learning Crucial for Educators #Video

  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet … [Read more…]

Read More Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast

I was recently participating in a FlipGrid book study on “The Innovator’s Mindset” and was asked this question by one of the participants: In writing a book on innovation, did you ever struggle with the idea that you were using a very “traditional” format? I loved the question, and here a couple of thoughts. 1. … [Read more…]

Read More Going to the Spaces Where You Can Inspire Change

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

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)

A book that shifted my thinking to focus on what people can do versus what they can’t do was Jennifer Fox’s “Your Child’s Strengths.” From the book: Children cannot develop interest in a subject just because adults tell them they should be interested. Children become unmotivated when they don’t understand the importance of what they are required to learn. … [Read more…]

Read More Valuing the Strengths of Learners that Go Beyond Academics

A book that shifted my thinking to focus on what people can do versus what they can’t do was Jennifer Fox’s “Your Child’s Strengths.” From the book: Children cannot develop interest in a subject just because adults tell them they should be interested. Children become unmotivated when they don’t understand the importance of what they are required to learn. … [Read more…]

Read More Valuing the Strengths of Learners that Go Beyond Academics

Katie Novak and I had a chance to discuss some of the concepts from our book, Innovate Inside the Box, on the below webinar with CAST.  It is an hour-long if you are interested in watching it. Here is the full webinar below: Here are a few things that I wanted to highlight from the video: 1. … [Read more…]

Read More Surround Yourself With Those that Make You Better