What Leads to Meaningful Change? #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

You can listen to the whole podcast on this topic with some added stories on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, on YouTube.     One of the comments I keep hearing over and over again during this time goes something like, “It has been amazing to see teachers try so many things that they haven’t done before.”  Some even sharing a sense of surprise in others that are now using technology. Have you watched people try things that you were surprised…

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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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Reducing the Distance in Distance Learning – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Educators continue to ask both the right and wrong questions about distance learning during this online learning period. In a recent post, I argued that instead of squabbling over which technology we use, or whether a synchronous format has advantages over an asynchronous format, we should look at distance learning through a different lens. Specifically, we should look at how we can reduce the psychological distance, aka transactional distance, between teachers and learners through pedagogy. What do I mean? During this…

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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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Toward A New and Better Normal – George Couros – Education Article

“Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.”    The above quote from “The Innovator’s Mindset” has been shared back to me seemingly 100’s of times in the past few weeks. I am going to be honest, that sometimes I get excited to see all of the opportunities this new reality is creating.  Then sometimes, I break down and struggle with all that is going on in the world. Do you have moments that you are lost in an episode…

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4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning – George Couros – Education Article

Not only have educators been inundated with information on COVID-19, but they have had to retool, refocus, and rethink completely how they are going to connect with and teach their students.  A lot is going on in our world right now, and my first instinct is that we need to slow down and focus on what is most important at this moment. My good friend Michelle Baldwin provides a critical perspective on the importance of hitting the “pause” button: I…

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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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Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades As a kid, my parents used to take me to professional baseball and hockey games all the time.  Even though I was an avid sports fan, I think I looked forward to the food and walking around the venue more than watching the sport that was being played.  Over time this changed, but as a kid eating junk food all day and not worrying about calories, sugar,…

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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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‘Abuse of power’: should universities ban staff-student relationships? | Education

Within weeks of starting her postgraduate degree, Allison Smith, then a student at Sussex University, entered a relationship with her lecturer. They had met at an induction party celebrating the new term with drinks and fireworks, where she found him “drunk and loud” but not inappropriate. He later approached her on Twitter. “That escalated quickly into flirtatious talk,” she says. Her lecturer, Lee Salter, assured her that the university approved of the relationship and said it would be “fine as…

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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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How To Handle Annoying Students – Education Article

So you have this student who seemingly at every break wants to share critical information with you. Sometimes it’s an observation. “The heater is making a strange clicking sound.” Sometimes it’s a suggestion. “I think you should line the class up in alphabetical order.” Sometimes it’s a tattle. “Leticia has a bag of chips in her pocket, and I saw her eating them.” They’re not interrupting or being rude. Nor are they breaking any rules. But it gets on your…

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How To Handle A Student Who Rejects Your Kindness – Education Article

You give and you give. You give your patience and humor. You give your positivity and respect. You give your heart and hope for their future. And they discard it. They crumble it up and toss it in the trash. They meet your smile, your generosity, and your kindness with indifference—and even cruelty. They roll their eyes at your attempts to build rapport. They stare off into the distance and mumble when you try to engage them in conversation. They…

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June Reflections – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I can still remember the lesson like it was yesterday. I was excited about it. I had an article, a video, and this group activity that would get my students to learn all about potential bias in media. It seemed so clear. They would be engaged. They would love it. And, most importantly, they would acquire this essential skill. It was the middle of September and I was ready to make a major point that would be the centerpiece of…

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