Tag: Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context

I have been an advocate of technology in education for a long time. But I have been an advocate of “people” for my entire career.   People > Technology The reason I bring this up is that I have seen a lot of pushback on the idea of “personalized learning” (this is a fascinating article … [Read more…]

Read More Using Technology to Humanize

I have been sharing the below thought for years, and it is a crucial part of having empathy as an educator, as discussed in “The Innovator’s Mindset“: The key to this question is not thinking like you but thinking about your students and their point of view.  For example, I have been in adult sessions where you are sometimes … [Read more…]

Read More Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

“The best leaders are lifelong learners; they take measures to create organizations that foster and inspire learning throughout. The most effective leaders are those who realize it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts most.”  ― John Wooden Two organizations. Both have success. Both highlight high achievement in traditional metrics. One is satisfied … [Read more…]

Read More “…it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts most.”

I was sent a video called “The Adaptable Mind” by educator Erin Caldwell.  She told me the following, “I have since shared it with my students, and used it as a launching pad to discuss what are the most valuable skills we can set our students up with. ”  It would be an excellent video … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Multi-Disciplinary Thinking

When I was a student, the expectation of when you were sent to the office to see the principal was there was going to be significant trouble.  It was the place you would get scolded and maybe even, yelled at, which was seen as a deterrent to doing anything wrong. Unfortunately, the obstacle did not … [Read more…]

Read More 2 Questions to Equip Students to Find Their Own Way

I thought about this quote a lot this past week in connection to education as I listened to a powerful student speech where they encouraged their teachers not to have them conform into a specific “box” but help them bring out their talents while finding their path.  It received a well-deserved standing ovation, not only … [Read more…]

Read More The Balance Between Struggling and Developing Strengths

I was recently sent an email and asked to identify some of the challenges I see for the future of learning in education.  These are things that I have noticed through my travels and after countless conversations with educators, and things that I have seen in my work. Although I am providing challenges, I am … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Challenges for the Future of Education

I have been reading, “The Seven Decisions; Understanding the Keys to Personal Success,” by Andy Andrews, and this quote on “wisdom” stuck with me: Most people mistake wisdom for education, like a high school diploma or college degree. Seeking wisdom is not the same as gaining knowledge: Knowledge is a precursor to wisdom. Wisdom includes … [Read more…]

Read More Developing Wisdom in Schools

If you look at schools and districts around the world, the term “innovation” is everywhere, with organizations and individuals clamoring to be deemed as such.  If you have read my book or this blog for any length of time, you would know that I believe innovation, as not only a process but a way of … [Read more…]

Read More Being Innovative or Being Perceived as Innovative?

“I am not a teacher but an awakener.” —Robert Frost I tweeted this recently about the ideas of engagement and empowerment.  Engagement is more about what you can do for your students. Empowerment is about helping them figuring out what they can do for themselves. #InnovatorsMindset — George Couros (@gcouros) June 8, 2018 Some things that I have … [Read more…]

Read More “We can’t ask teachers to be innovative in their practice while administrators do the same thing they have always done.”

I read this snippet from the article, “Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It,”(a great read) in an interview with author Katherine Reynolds Lewis, regarding her new parenting book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Whether you’re trying to get your child to dress, do homework or practice piano, it’s tempting to use rewards … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions To Challenge Practices That No Longer Work in Education

The term “digital immigrants” and “digital natives” is almost as annoying as the fights are about the terminology.  These terms are often credited to Marc Prensky, and from when I have had the opportunity to have heard him speak, he doesn’t believe that kids have an innate ability to use technology over adults. They have … [Read more…]

Read More Kids are not better at technology than adults.

The saying, “The customer is always right,” has been around forever and one that I have known since I was a kid.  Switch this to the context of education, and many schools are focusing on the question of “What is best for the learner?”, which is a “learner-centered” approach to education. What is essential to … [Read more…]

Read More Focusing on 3 Layers of Education

Many educators are great at bringing “experts” into their classrooms. I always say that the best person to teach kids about space is probably an astronaut, not necessarily a teacher.  I have seen teachers do this over and over again and it is an excellent opportunity for our students. But do the students know how … [Read more…]

Read More The Process is the Product

I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students. So I am often frustrated … [Read more…]

Read More Asking Better Questions

I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students. So I am often frustrated … [Read more…]

Read More Asking Better Questions

I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students. So I am often frustrated … [Read more…]

Read More Asking Better Questions

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

I always find it fascinating when I travel to different states and provinces, and educators ask me questions on why they can’t do certain things in their schools, believing it is the “government” that is not allowing them to do it. This week in both the province of BC and the state of Ohio, teachers … [Read more…]

Read More Pathway or Obstacle?