When I saw that George Couros was coming out with a follow-up book to “The Innovator’s Mindset”, I couldn’t wait to get my copy. I had the opportunity to attend a workshop in the spring of 2017 where George spoke, and I was instantly struck by the passion he had for creating positive learning experiences for students through the Innovator’s Mindset. I read his book not long after, and have re-read it each school year since as a source of inspiration and a reminder to myself of the experiences that I can and should be providing for my students. This past summer, I revisited his book again from a different perspective, as I ran a professional development workshop to spread the message of the Innovator’s Mindset to other teachers in my district.
I started reading George’s new book tonight, which he wrote with Katie Novak. The book, “Innovate Inside the Box”, begins with a forward from Katie Martin. She shared her experience with meeting George for the first time and how he challenged her to share what she had learned with other educators, knowing that others could benefit from what she had to share and that she could benefit from the feedback from others. This is a message I have heard from George multiple times - as educators, it is important that we share our learning with others. I always enjoy watching the Twitter videos that George posts with attendees where he speaks sharing their learning and reading his blog posts.
So, I decided to challenge myself to share my learning as I read “Innovate Inside the Box”. After each chapter, I have challenged myself to write a blog post - even a short one - reflecting on what I learned. I don’t kid myself thinking that it will be easy - I have tried blogging in the past, but never make it stick. But as I start the new school year in a new role teaching Computational and Design Thinking, I knew there was no better time to do it. I’m going to be asking my students to take risks, and I need to model that myself. I need to embrace the Innovator’s Mindset; I truly believe that this journey will lead to
something new and better for me, and I embrace that.
This quote that Katie Martin shared in her foreword really stuck out to me:
It all starts with being vulnerable, so I’m going to try. So, that being said - look for my first reflection tomorrow (hopefully) on the intro - “Because of a Teacher”.