Personal Learning

Creating Our Own Connections for Learning – George Couros – Education Article

You can listen to the full podcast discussing the post below on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, or watch it on YouTube.      I read a comment on a feedback form that said something like, “These are great ideas, but how do they apply to teaching math?”  Every educator, including myself, wants ideas and examples directly to the work that they do.  This is human nature.   But on the other hand, one of the things that I have always focused…

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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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Finding the Helpers – George Couros – Education Article

The worst day of my life was when I received the news that my dad had suddenly passed away. It was seven years ago this month, and somehow it seems like yesterday and also an eternity away. I was in San Francisco for an event when I found out the news.  I had received a message from my brother that my dad had a sudden heart attack. I closed my computer, let the group I was supposed to speak to…

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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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20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2020 – George Couros – Education Article

For the last three years, I have shared some of my favorite 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 year and beyond!! 2017  |  2018   |  2019 “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…

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5 Strategies for Improving Mental and Physical Health – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In the past year, I have tried to focus on bettering my mental and physical health. I have had ups and downs for sure, but I can say that I have made strides that I am proud of in the process.  I want to share a few things that I have done that I have felt have helped me in the process.  Part of the process is writing this all down right now, as journaling the past year has improved…

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The Benefit of “Sticking With It” – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In April 2010, I wrote my first blog post. I am almost at the ten-year mark, and I have published over 1700 posts in that time. The sole purpose of starting this blog was to understand how students could use this medium for learning in their education. In short, I didn’t want to skip to the teaching without doing the learning.  But in the process of actively reflecting through a blog, I started to love the process. It pushed me…

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On Being a Dad – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I had just finished a workshop with a group of administrators, and a participant came up to me and said, “I had seen you speak before you had your daughter and I wanted to tell you that you seem much more empathetic in your delivery. It was nice to see you grow.”  It meant a lot to me. Here are a few (of the seemingly endless) things that I have noticed since becoming a dad. I cry all of the…

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With the Support of Others – The Principal of Change – Education Article

From Wikipedia: Derek Anthony Redmond (born 3 September 1965) is a retired British athlete. During his career, he held the British record for the 400 metres sprint, and won gold medals in the 4×400 metres relay at the World Championships and European Championships.[1] I don’t know what brought me back to the story of Derek Redmond, but it is not because of a race he won, but a race in which he finished dead last. Watch this video from the…

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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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“To give your kids everything in life.” – The Principal of Change – Education Article

As a basketball fan, and also a fan of human beings, I loved this read, “My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley.” It is an excellent story of what seems to be an unlikely friendship, but as you read it, you realize how much the relationship makes sense because of the shared bonds between two people.  The part in the story where the daughter asks Charles Barkley, one of the most famous basketball players ever, why he hung out with her…

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