The Innovator's Mindset is the catalyst for an interactive, collaborative and differentiated thinkfest. Through the power of OSSEMOOC, educators from all over the world are participating in a series of Google Hangouts as a springboard to a larger conversation about innovation. The first section deals with innovation in education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it … Continue reading Innovator’s Mindset. It’s liberating!
School leaders have superpowers. Not the old standards like invisibility, flight or x-ray vision, but something with more impact and longevity. Empowerment! And as Uncle Ben says, "With great empowerment comes great responsibility." Having a staff who are (and know they are) empowered to be creative, to innovate and to have meaningful input into directing their professional … Continue reading Staff Empowerment and other Superpowers
What is our purpose? Our why? Most people want to say learning. Student learning that carries on beyond the classroom. But the further you get from the student desk, the harder it is to say that, and mean it. Get far enough away from the student desk and it sometimes becomes less about learning and … Continue reading Learning or Achievement
"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." Douglas Adams There is no true multitasking. Your brain can really only do one thing deeply at a time. It's just that some brains are very good at switching back and forth between tasks so quickly that it looks like (and feels like) multitasking. Check out this brief … Continue reading Time is an illusion.
You can't participate in an EdChat or read an EduBlog these days without someone mentioning growth mindset. The work of Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler around fostering growth mindsets has found its way into school districts around the world. More recently, there has been a groundswell of students talking the growth mindset talk. The growth mindset … Continue reading Fluid Potential
Credibility, like so many other things, is in the eye of the beholder. Different stakeholders have different criteria for what makes an administrator credible. Rightly so. After all, stakeholders are people too. I did some polling (My methodology would make our Research Department cringe. Sorry Sandra.) and found some common themes. People value experience, pedagogical … Continue reading Credibility is in the eye of the beholder
We have heard many times that students don't care what you know until they know that you care. Like so many great ideas, strategies and tools from the classroom, we forget that they are just as valid for administrators, teachers, parents and whole communities as well. "Your school community won't care what you know until they … Continue reading Does your school community know?
Every October 5th, UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrates World Teachers' Day. While many will mark the day by thanking a teacher, there is much more to this internationally recognized day than the well deserved appreciation of our teachers. The tag line for this year's World Teachers' Day is "Invest in the … Continue reading World Teachers’ Day: More than just a pat on the back
A child's play radius is the distance from their home which they are allowed to travel unsupervised. I was one of those kids (like most others in the 70's) that was allowed to go as far as my bike would carry me, as long as I was home before the street lights were on. I … Continue reading Risky Business
We have learned plenty about school culture over the last decade - positive school climates, safe and caring schools, and learning environments. When we hear school culture, we immediately think about safe schools, positive behaviours, school spirit, and a welcoming community. But, there is a deeper and more powerful force at work in our classrooms. It requires … Continue reading Learning Culture: We have been looking in the wrong place