Leading a Learning Community

Why People Keep Going – George Couros – Education Article

You might have seen the below picture below by Anna Vital on “Why People Give Up”:   Any single one of those reasons are things that can set us back.  They have set me back often.  I actually can take every idea listed above and think of a particular time that it caused me to give up, either personally or professionally temporarily. So let’s take the ideas above and shift them to a different way of thinking. The above image is about a…

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3 Questions to Consider to Help Get Out of a Rut – George Couros – Education Article

Ever read a sentence or two, and it just stopped you in your tracks?  This quote from Seth Godin’s blog did just that for me: “Ruts don’t dig themselves. Most of the time, we’re in a rut because that’s precisely where we put ourselves.” Yup. Sometimes it is easy to feel lost professionally and personally, but in just reading this statement, here are a few questions I have been thinking about: 1. What is a current situation that I am…

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Switching it Up to Move Forward – George Couros – Education Article

Success can lead to failure. The Blockbuster video example has been used over and over again because it is a great cautionary tale of how success can lead to comfort, and comfort can eventually lead to failure. I was asked recently to share what makes a successful school, and my answer was the same as it has been before.  Successful schools appreciate and celebrate their success, but they never stay stagnant because of it.  If learning is the goal of…

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Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

  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 the needs of all students. Our goal has to be to create schools where excellence is the standard.” I thought about this quote when I…

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3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your School or Classroom #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

“We are developing the leaders of tomorrow!” This statement has excellent intentions, but it also assumes that students can’t make a significant impact in our world today. What are some of the mindsets and actions that we can take within education to ensure that we develop our students as leaders immediately so that they can make an impact on the world that we live in right now? In this podcast that revisits the November 2018 post, I will dive deeper…

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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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Learning to Learn Beyond the Test – The Principal of Change – Education Article

My good friend Katie Martin, author of “Learner-Centered Innovation,” and I were having a conversation about the importance of focusing on going beyond “test scores” in education and focusing on providing powerful learning opportunities for students.  Standardized tests are a reality of most education systems, and I am not sure they are going away any time soon.  I am not against “tests,” as I have seen educators use them to provide useful feedback to lead to the growth of students,…

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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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Surround Yourself With Those that Make You Better – The Principal of Change – Education Article

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. I was asked what my background in UDL was, and my answer essentially, “Katie is my background.” Katie taught me a lot about UDL through…

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Learners Are the Driver of Innovation in Education – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One of the things that I am often asked: ” Is innovation all about technology?”  I can understand why I often receive this question because a lot of times when I am sharing some new ideas with a group, it is while I am using technology.  But my issue is that I am comfortable with technology and don’t think of it much while I am using it.  To me, technology is as much of a factor to the idea of…

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Looking Inward to Move Onward – Education Article

From Katie Martin in “Learner-Centred Innovation“: Just think how you might begin to make the changes and the impact you desire in school if instead of statements like, “If they would have, . . .” you started asking, “How might I…?” This is what is referred to by psychologists as the locus of control or the extent to which people believe they have power to influence events in their lives. A person with an internal locus of control believes that…

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Memorization is Not a Bad Thing – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Here is a scenario: The year is 2030, and you are having a conversation at a dinner party.  Eventually, people start talking about a significant historical event, and you have never heard about it before. You quickly check out of the conversation and go to your mobile device (it is totally going to be called something else but bear with me) to figure out what people are talking about because your school was against memorization of anything because you could…

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What does “better” mean to you and your students? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have been discussing innovation for probably the past ten years, and I agree with John here, 100%.  When people use the word “innovation” to describe something new (usually technology related) than it does become a buzzword.  This happens a lot in education where a term becomes “trendy” and is used without thought of what it means, which in turn makes the word a buzzword.  It is not saying that the word in itself is terrible, but it is in…

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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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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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Empowering Learning Through Student Strengths – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Jeff Kubiak posted this image on Twitter: LOVE! The concept of “focusing on strengths” is something that I have shared in “The Innovator’s Mindset,” and dive into deeper in my next book, “Innovate Inside the Box” (Coming out in August 2019).  One of the ideas that I discuss as a “Core” element is focusing on “Learner-Driven, Evidence-Informed” classrooms.  This is to suggest that when we identify student strengths and help students have the ability to recognize that themselves, the experience…

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