Wow! The deeper I delve into The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, the amazing growth in my own learning. I loved the video discussion with George, Katie Martin, and Sarah Thomas of edumatch.com Edumatch.com is finding like-minded people to carry on THE conversation with. I will be checking that out.
"If it’s not better for kids, and if you don’t know your kids and what they need, than the innovation is frivolous.” Katie Martin Innovation is doing something new and better…..but remember that’s tied to “what’s better for kids.” Not just what’s better. It’s really all about the kids. We do need to meet the needs of the kids. This is critical to innovation. Just because I'm doing new and flashy things with technology doesn't mean I'm an innovator. Say it with me....."It's all about the kids."
Teachers are not scared of change…..they are scared of spending all their time to do something that has no impact. George Couros I am amazed how the leaders in my school are not pushing me to have an impact on the kids in my class. We do spend time doing work that is not helping with my growth as a teacher. It’s my own desire to address the needs of kids through my own innovation. I want my kiddos to be deep thinkers and problem solvers. They aren’t going to get that through worksheets or just playing on computer games. Don’t get me wrong…..gaming is very important to the technology movement in our schools but it really needs a purpose. Just letting them play is really not what’s best for kids.
Making connections with other innovators opens up a whole new world. This book has the gears clicking away in my head. I’m excited to push myself further to in the pursuit of innovative growth…….wait is that new hash tag???……#innovativegrowth the reflection piece to document my change overtime. YES!
1. Document my growth overtime……I have forgotten to do that over my 30 years of teaching.
2. Make more connections through hashtags and not just people….love this George
3. Continue to seek support and space to nurture growth to get the BEST results with kids…..thanks Sarah Thomas
4. And to Share Share Share…..Sarah is right! Sharing is a way to excite others to want to be innovative with their own growth.
I’m looking forward to our Wednesday Twitter Chat on #IMMOOC! It’s the fastest hour in my whole week……I have to spend an extra hour just catching up to all of the dialog. I love it!