It was great to chat with Dr. Catlin Tucker on her podcast titled “The Balance.” I have always enjoyed her blog, and we have recently published her latest book with Katie Novak, “UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes.

We covered many topics during her podcast, but as I was listening, I wanted to highlight one in particular.

I shared the idea of focusing on creating the incredible thing we want to do in our schools and classrooms and not waiting for someone to give permission to do so.

The example I shared was with portfolios. If you…

As of my last recorded weigh-in, I have officially crossed the 100 pounds lost plateau since August 2020. I am pretty proud that I have got to this point, but I am also excited for continued growth. I haven’t decided what is next as this was a goal that I had set out for myself, and I know that once I reached losing 100 pounds, I would re-evaluate what I would want to do next for my health and fitness goals.

Many educators are now about to apply for new positions in the field or are already deep into the hiring process. I receive many questions about applying for jobs, as well as conducting the process. I decided that it would make sense to put this post together with some of the links that I have shared with others in the past (at the bottom of this post) and some quick points for those in either the position of holding interviews or being the “interviewee.” Of course, every school and district has its own procedures for conducting this process, but I…

In my last post titled, “A Fear of Success and the Elevation of Others,” I wrote the following:

Education is about elevation.

Not only of our students but of one another. Everything we do to create better opportunities for those we serve should be cheered on and learned from, but they don’t have to be replicated in every classroom as it is. We all bring different strengths, passions, and talents to our classrooms, and utilizing them to provide great but varied experiences, is beneficial to learning.

One thing that is important to me is that we, as adults, are modeling…

A teacher recently reached out to me and shared her frustration of being “held back” by her own school administration for pursuing a new idea that she believed would be beneficial to students. I shared the following story from “The Innovator’s Mindset”:

Years ago, another educator shared a similar story, explaining that she wanted to try something new called “blogging.” The teacher asked her principal if she could try it out and, at the time, was told “no.” The reason? The principal was concerned that if the venture succeeded, everyone on staff would be expected to do it.

What?

At…

As I write this, it is my birthday (April 12), and I was thinking about something that I heard while working out this morning.

As I sit in my office, thinking about my blog post for the week, I’m listening to an album on my record player. It is probably not an artist you have heard of (Hayden), but he is one of my favorites.

Now and then, the record skips, and you can hear some static, but there is a certain warmth to listening to a full album on vinyl. There is also a sweet inconvenience in the idea that only half of the record will play until I have to move over and either flip the album over or move the needle…

My dad passed away eight years ago this past week.

I think about him all of the time, and although it is tough to think he never met my kids, it warms my heart that I see him in my children every day. I feel closer to him every day, even after his passing.

Every year since he has passed, I notice that I struggle more on the days or weeks that it gets closer to the actual date. I sometimes have to be reminded of the actual date, but it is like a biological clock that I know is…

Some things I have been thinking about and questions I have been pondering.

1. When we talk about “learning” are we talking about the ability to do well in school or the ability to learn?

To some, it might seem like a false dichotomy, but here is the way that I see it; if you help students become great learners, they will be fine in school. But if you focus on students doing well in school, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will become good learners.

I bring this up because often, when you look at research on “learning in schools,”…

When I discuss the characteristics of the #InnovatorsMindset, the first trait shared is that of “empathy” because it leads to all of the other ideas.

Looking at the image below, these characteristics are meant to be connected and not work in isolation. For example, empathy is necessary if you want to be an effective problem finder AND solver to understand others’ needs and experiences better. Creating those solutions involves taking risks and resiliency, and networking with others will only benefit the process. …

George Couros

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant. I also like dogs.

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