Tag: innovative leadership

Grades and test scores should not be your driver. This is not why the vast majority of people became educators. Yet, we still have to pay attention to them.  For me to tell you otherwise would be irresponsible. It is easy for someone that is not in the classroom to say this, but it’s not … [Read more…]

Read More Grades and Test Scores Should Not Be Your Driver

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

Many schools that are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for students.  Simply put, students are able to bring in their own laptops, iPads, phones, etc., into their classrooms. Oftentimes though, this based on “teacher discretion”.  If the teacher is not comfortable with students bringing in devices, they will have to leave them out of the … [Read more…]

Read More On “Teacher Discretion”

Many schools that are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for students.  Simply put, students are able to bring in their own laptops, iPads, phones, etc., into their classrooms. Oftentimes though, this based on “teacher discretion”.  If the teacher is not comfortable with students bringing in devices, they will have to leave them out of the … [Read more…]

Read More On “Teacher Discretion”

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

Recently at a workshop, one of amazing educators in the room talked about the shift in language from a “fixed mindset” to a “growth mindset”.  She made this distinction: Fixed Mindset –> “I don’t know.” Growth Mindset –> “I don’t know…yet.” This belief in your ability to learn is crucial not only for our students, but … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond Knowing

I originally posted “5 Critical Questions for the Innovative Educator” in September of 2014.  Here are the original five questions that I still think are crucial: Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom? What is best for this student? What is this student’s passion? What are some ways that we can … [Read more…]

Read More 3 More Critical Questions For the Innovative Educator

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

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”

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

“Every single employee is someone’s son or someone’s daughter. Parents work to offer their children a good life and a good education and to teach them the lessons that will…

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