Tag: innovator’s mindset

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

I recently shared this video based on an interaction that I had with a teacher who was sharing about how they felt uncomfortable trying new things.  I wanted to share my thoughts in video form below: Some random thoughts I shared last week on the importance of celebrating those in our buildings and local communities. … [Read more…]

Read More The Fear of Success

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

A teacher was sharing a story about a student in her grade one class that had struggled with reading. One thing she tried was providing a student an iPad to read texts, and because of the ability to enlarge the text, all of a sudden, the student was reading. More importantly, the student was enjoying … [Read more…]

Read More Is it transformative to the learner?

Years ago, I remembered walking into this redesigned library that was seemingly the stuff of dreams in education.  It was more like a media center and had spaces that were created for collaborative learning as well as spaces to work your own. Flexible seating accommodated the learning needs of many different learners, and it was … [Read more…]

Read More Going Beyond the “Cool” Factor

This post is from my “Innovate Inside the Box” co-author, Katie Novak.  In her recent work, she connected the idea of graduate profiles and “The Innovator’s Mindset.” Check out her post below.  Today I had the opportunity to work with an amazing administrative team in the Del Norte School District on the northern coast in … [Read more…]

Read More The Innovator’s Mindset and the Profile of a Graduate

I read this great post from Deidre Roemer recently, where she discusses a letter she received from a former student. With deep reflection, although the message was very complimentary of the student’s time with Deidre, I appreciate Deidre’s self-reflection on what she read: When I read the letter the first time, I felt really good … [Read more…]

Read More Empowered in the Process

I was listening to a student who had struggled in school share an important story.  She shared that every single day she was in school, a teacher, who had never taught her at any point in her academic career, would say “hi” to her and address her by her name.  What seems like a simple … [Read more…]

Read More Big Impact from the Smallest Interactions

This quote from Barry Schwartz always makes me think: Rules and incentives may improve the behavior of those who don’t care, though they won’t make them wiser. But in focusing on the people who don’t care—the targets of our rules and incentives—we miss those who do care. We miss those who want to do the … [Read more…]

Read More Developing Wisdom in the Service of Learners

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)

One of the blessings of my work is that I work with so many different schools and districts that I can garner so many great ideas from their learning and leadership. Recently, one of these school districts started the day off with having a panel of students that “traditional school” had seemingly failed. These students … [Read more…]

Read More Learning from What Doesn’t Work for Students

Something I have been focusing on quite a bit as of late is the idea of innovation in education being more focused on depth rather than being something new.  For example, a lot of organizations (including education) are always touting being on the “cutting edge” as they are embracing the “latest and greatest” technologies or perhaps strategies.  … [Read more…]

Read More Innovation Focused on the Ability to Improvise

I received a really great question the other day from a teacher regarding the notion of “innovation” and how I see it as something that is both “new and better” (with the emphasis on the “better”). I discussed this concept from “The Innovator’s Mindset” in the following paragraph: For the purpose of this book, I’m … [Read more…]

Read More Defining a Personal Path to Success

In my upcoming book, “Innovate Inside the Box“: Our imperfections and failures are often what make us relatable to our students and the people with whom we work. As my good friend and brilliant educator Meghan Lawson says, “We don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. We need to care deeply about our … [Read more…]

Read More Embrace Humanness

My friend and an educator that I have incredible admiration for, Bill Ferriter, recently wrote a post titled, “The Best Innovation Ever” where he discusses the importance of relationships in his classroom environment. He wrote the following: It was a different kind of year for me for one simple reason:  I stopped scrambling to find … [Read more…]

Read More Relationships at the Core

In the leadership blog, “Lead Change,” the article “Addicted to Change” starts by discussing exactly what the title suggests; leadership is often addicted to continuous change.  As indicated by the author, purposeful change begins with why you are changing, but it takes time and a focus on depth for any critical change to be meaningful to the … [Read more…]

Read More Purposeful Change That is Focused on Depth and Time

In the leadership blog, “Lead Change,” the article “Addicted to Change” starts by discussing exactly what the title suggests; leadership is often addicted to continuous change.  As indicated by the author, purposeful change begins with why you are changing, but it takes time and a focus on depth for any critical change to be meaningful to the … [Read more…]

Read More Purposeful Change That is Focused on Depth and Time