Monday, February 23, 2015

Pure Genius Week 4: There Is No Plan

Although Don says that there's no plan for an innovation class, he shares a great description of how a typical week in his classroom runs and the expectations he has for his students. After reading this chapter, do you have ideas of how you could implement an innovation project or genius hour into your classroom? Or maybe you have ideas of some baby steps to adding innovation to your classroom. Please share those.

For next week, please read "Six Building Blocks of Innovative Learning."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pure Genius Week 3: Creating a Culture of Innovation and Leadership

Could you relate to Don's story about giving his students freedom to decide what to study, but a majority of the students not knowing what to do? I think I would have been one of the students asking for a topic and research paper in high school. Have you given your students opportunities to have some freedom in your classroom? What about opportunities for students to be leaders? Or what ideas do you have for doing this in the future? Do you think freedom and leadership for students in your classroom will lead to innovation?

If you know of others who would like to participate in the book club, it's not too late. Just remind them to start with week one so we all have a chance to meet them. For next week, please read the next chapter, "There Is No Plan."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pure Genius Week 2: Why Innovate?

Let's get started with -- what is innovation to you? And why do you think it's important to innovated? As I said in the introduction last week, you can comment to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.

If you are just entering the conversation this week, welcome! Be sure to scroll down to last week's post and introduce yourself. This is important so I know who you are when it's time to send out PGPs. Also, if you haven't started reading the book, it's not too late to purchase it and get started. The digital and paperback versions can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of more than 5 participants at your school or district and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com.

For next week, please read chapter 2, "Creating a Culture of Innovation & Leadership." 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pure Genius Week 1: Introductions

Today we begin our spring 2015 book club. We are reading Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick. Don is the Innovation Coordinator and oversees the media center at Noblesville High School. We are excited to support a local author and to learn about adding innovation and authentic learning to classrooms. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of more than 5 participants at your school or district and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com. If you don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:
  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In order to receive 12 PGPs and be eligible for the $1000 professional development grant (1 will be awarded at the end of the book club), you will need to make a meaningful contribution to every week’s discussion.
  • We will typically read one chapter per week.
  • There is no official sign up for the book club. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction and chapter 1, "Why Innovate."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fall Thank You and Spring Book Selection

Thanks again for all of the wonderful contributions you all made to the fall book club. PGP emails were sent out last week. They were sent to everyone who participated in at least 10 of the 12 weeks of the book club. If you did not receive a PGP email and feel that you should have, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Congratulations to Adelle Marvin from Twin Lakes School Corporation who is the recipient of the $1000 professional development mini grant. Another grant will be awarded to a participant of the spring book club.

Speaking of the spring book club, it's time to announce the selection. We will be reading Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick. Don is the Innovation Coordinator and oversees the media center at Noblesville High School. We are excited to support a local author and to learn about adding innovation and authentic learning to classrooms. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of participants at your school or district of more than 5 people and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at
daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com. Our spring book club will kick off on Monday, February 2nd. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crash Course Week 12: Conclusion

We have reached the end of the Fall 2014 eLearning book club. This week, please share what you are taking away from this book: lessons learned, an idea that you are going to implement or already have.

Please have all of your comments made to all of the blog posts by 5pm Eastern next Wednesday, December 3rd. I will send out PGPs by the end of the month. Thank you all for participating. This has been a wonderful discussion!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crash Course Week 11: Gratitude and Faith

This week we are reading the last two chapters of the book, "Gratitude" and "Faith." Now is the time of year when we really focus on gratitude. How do you encourage your students to show gratitude? Sometimes it's easy to get down and focus on the negatives. How do you stay focused on the important things in your life?

Next week is the last week of the book club. We will finish up with some concluding thoughts about the book. If you need to catch up on your reading and/or comments to blog posts, now is the time to do it. If you would like to receive 12 PGPs and be eligible for the $1000 professional development grant, you must have made a meaningful contribution to every week's blog post by the end of the day Wednesday, December 3.