Leading a Learning Community

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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The Present Moment is Our Friend – The Principal of Change – Education Article

My good friend, Patrick Larkin, purchased the book for me, “10% Happier“.  I have been enjoying it, and this quote gave me pause for personal and professional reasons: “Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not…

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“Leading” often means going first. – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One way you can think about leadership when you are frustrated with others: Why won’t they move forward? A better way to think about leadership when we are frustrated with others: What can I do better to help others move forward? In the first scenario, you are looking for ways to control others. Good luck with that. In the second, you are looking to take ownership of your actions.  That is not only possible, but it can also happen quickly.…

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Celebrating the Success and Differences of Others #LEAPEffect – The Principal of Change – Education Article

As I was re-reading, “Take the LEAP; Ignite a Culture of Innovation” by Elisabeth Bostwick (published by Impress Books), this passage stuck out to me and was one that left me feeling uncomfortable as I know it happens far too often: Matthew and his building principal were close as colleagues, and they shared a similar philosophy of education. The more Matthew’s career blossomed, however, the more strained their relationship became. From Matthew’s perspective, it seemed that his principal resented his…

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20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019 – The Principal of Change – Education Article

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going. – Chantal Sutherland Learn to say ‘no’ to…

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#InnovatorsMindset Instagram Book Study (January 27, 2019 – February 9, 2019) – The Principal of Change – Education Article

This past July, I led a book study on Instagram, and it was a tremendous experience. It was a short process and encouraged participants to not only think deeply about their teaching and learning but also create their own media from the process while connecting with others. Because of the success of the first book study, we are going to lead another book study on”The Innovator’s Mindset,” starting on January 27th, 2019.  It will last for less than two weeks…

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Honoring the Past While Moving Toward the Future – The Principal of Change – Education Article

A couple of things that I have been thinking lately: When we say, “We want our students to change the world” or “solve tomorrow’s problems,” I wonder if we are acting like the generation of teachers before didn’t?  A lot of the great things that are being created by people today is because of teachers in the past having the same intentions of teachers’ today.  We have to realize that for the best educators, no matter the generation, the intent…

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Are you focusing on the race or the training? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have run a few marathons in my life in what seems like an eternity ago. They are as much a challenge to the mind as they are the body as any negative thought that you might have will creep into your head on a long run. After completing a marathon, someone said to me, “I can’t believe that you ran a marathon…That seems incredibly hard.” My response at the time was that the marathon was easy; the training was…

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