Fostering Effective Relationships

Taking Care of the Adults – George Couros – Education Article

Just some thoughts swirling around in my mind… In the past few weeks, I have been discussing social-emotional learning and mental health with guests such as Tony Sinanis, Jody Carrington, and Mandy Froehlich. Why would I discuss these topics on a podcast about “Innovation” in education? This is from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “…at the heart of innovation are people, not stuff. If we always keep that truth at the forefront of our work, we are more likely to create an…

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The Importance and Impact of Greetings in Virtual Hallways – George Couros – Education Article

  “The driver for learning is social connection.”   The statement above from the Edutopia video on “Making Connections with Greetings at the Door” is one that truly resonated. Check out the entire video below.    “I see you, I know you, I’m connecting with you,and you’re important to me.”   How powerful is that statement? It reminds us of the importance of ensuring our learners feel valued each day. Simply greeting kids at the door in a way that…

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A Focus on Connection, Finding Positives, and Growth – George Couros – Education Article

I have been thinking a lot about what is going on in the world and how I am responding in a way that can help others. In this video, I share three things that have helped me through this time.   1. Having a focus on building connections and relationships. It has been helpful to hear from people that I haven’t heard from in a long time.  Also, I have been reaching out to others more and just enjoying having…

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Elevating the Work Across the Hallway #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

Check out the full podcast discussing these ideas on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes. The following excerpt is from “Innovate Inside the Box“: There is never harm in positively and authentically acknowledging the contributions the adults in our schools make. Don’t wait for someone to leave your building to appreciate them! Say good things about them now, right in front of them! As former NBA player Jalen Rose has said in the past, “People will bring flowers to your funeral but…

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Making an Impact on One Person (#Podcast) – George Couros – Education Article

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 challenge thinking for the week. There is no script; it is just me talking about some points and sharing ideas. This week, I posted about…

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Moving From Your Point A to Your Point B – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In 2019, I have set the goal to run at least 100 miles using the Aaptiv app each month. Currently, I have achieved this goal for 11 out of 11 months, and only have the month of December to go.  My running has become better, and each month, I seem to be going above and beyond my goal.  The overall focus is to get into better health, and this is one of the measurements that I use for the process.…

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The Fear of Success – The Principal of Change – Education Article

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. How do you elevate those across the hallway? #Innovatorsmindset #InnovateinsideTheBox pic.twitter.com/JIhk8O9PWi — George Couros (@gcouros) November 6, 2019 This is not the first time that…

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On Humility and Confidence – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In the article, “Think You’re Wise in Your Own Eyes? 4 Steps to Develop Leadership Humility,” they discuss the importance of humility in leadership.  The article starts with these thoughts: Leaders who are wise in their own eyes seem to be the ones who get the most attention in our world. They’re the outspoken, big personality, larger-than-life characters who always seem absolutely convinced of their own wisdom despite any evidence to the contrary. They capture the news headlines, private equity…

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Simplest Gestures Are Often the Most Memorable – Education Article

When I was in Grade 4, my teacher, Miss Butler, ended the year by giving everyone a personalized card that wrote about the unique things she saw in me in the classroom.  As my parents owned a restaurant, she thanked my family for providing pizza for the class, and also acknowledged my sense of humor in the classroom (which was sometimes seen as a detriment in later grades).  I call it a “card,” but it was a cutout on thick…

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The Trust Default – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In a recent workshop, I was asked: “Do you think that kids should just be able to bring phones to the classroom whenever they want?” At the end of the answer, I always share that ultimately, the decision should be with the teacher as they know their community the best, but here are some things that I wanted people to consider. If you throw a “device” in the classroom without changing any of the teaching and learning, it will be…

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This Moment – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Picture by Mari Andrew I saw this picture on Imgur by Mari Andrew, and I love it because of the simplicity, yet powerful emotions it evokes. Rough times will always happen, but they will not stay.  Good times will happen, but they will not remain. That is part of what it is to be human. The trick is not to get caught up thinking that one moment, good or bad, is something that will stay forever. But as school years…

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The Growth from Accepting and/or Ignoring Criticism – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I am a total sucker for quotes.  I feel short quotes are often like great song lyrics in the way that they tell the consumer a story made for their interpretation in a way that is needed at the moment.  This article providing quotes on criticism has some thought-provoking ideas from different viewpoints. For example, we sometimes need to ignore criticism in the way that it can hold us back: “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions…Do your thing,…

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Keeping “Purpose” in the Forefront – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I am trying to work through some thoughts, so bear me as it is one of those “write to learn” posts. My daughter Kallea and I are watching the movie Smallfoot (which she loves but basically if there is music and it is animated, she will love it) and there is one part in the movie that made me think.  Without going into too much detail and ruining the film for anyone who hasn’t viewed it, Danny Devito is a…

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Immeasurable Impact – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have this soft spot for music teachers.  It is interesting where you see this massive shift to focusing on “data,” that the arts tend to be cut first when they are needed more than ever. I have a deep love for hearing and telling stories that were instilled in me by my elementary music teacher, Cindy Penrose.  I learned as much in her music class that I have applied to what I do today than I did in any…

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Taking a moment to be kind could make an impact for a lifetime on someone else. – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Please take 90 seconds to watch this video (it is SOOOO worth it): Every day, this elderly woman says “hello” to school kids as they pass by her house. When they found out their beloved neighbor was moving, hundreds of kids left school to give her one last “goodbye.” https://t.co/t4TrADCOhi pic.twitter.com/jGazeW7QLI — CBS News (@CBSNews) May 3, 2019 A few things: 1. Taking a moment to be kind could make an impact for a lifetime on someone else. 2. How…

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Defining Your Own Journey – The Principal of Change – Education Article

From “The Innovator’s Mindset“: When forward-thinking schools encourage today’s learners to become creators and leaders, I believe they, in turn, will create a better world. That’s my why, and it’s the way, I believe, we must approach the what and the how of our work as educators. Here is the thing…”Forward-thinking schools” don’t just allow teachers to find and create their solutions; they encourage it.  We can all work together toward a broader vision but our pathways as individuals to that destination,…

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