Monday, February 1, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 1: Welcome!

Welcome to the Spring 2016 eLearning book club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing George Couros' book, The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. 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. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
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  • 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 addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 15 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators working in a public school who meaningfully participate in all ten weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • To register for the book club please complete this registration form. 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 chapters 1 and 2.

99 comments:

  1. Andrew Kauffman:
    K-5 Teacher/ Coach for Project Lead the Way at Chandler Elementary which is part of Goshen Community Schools. This is my 8th year teaching, 6 years in 3rd and 1 year in 2nd. Follow me on twitter @atkauffman or my blog andrewkauffman.org

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  2. Thanks you, Andrew, for getting the conversation started and for sharing a great example of an introduction. Please feel free to share other ways to connect outside of this blog. My name is Meri Carnahan and I am an eLearning Resource Specialist with the IDOE. I will be writing the blog posts each week and commenting as IDOE eLearning Team. Be sure you're following us on Twitter @INelearn and use the hashtag #INeLearn to connect with other educators.

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  3. Diana Gill:
    Instructional Technology Coach for East Porter County School Corporation and former ELA teacher. Connect with me on Twitter @eastpco_tech or teachlovetech.blogspot.com

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  4. Gaelyn Mlynarcik:

    Good morning! I'm a first year middle/high school assistant principal at Morgan Twp and former middle school ELA teacher in Portage. Follow me on Twitter @GMlynarcik

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  5. Good morning everyone! Tom Stoner here from beautiful downtown Kouts, Indiana. I am in my second year as principal (really just doing what the secretary tells me to do) at Kouts MS/HS in the East Porter County School Corporation. You can follow me on twitter @tomstoner24 or blog at tomstoner24.wordpress.com

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  6. Hello, I'm so glad to have found this group. I am PhD faculty in a specialization called Learning, Instruction,and Innovation at Walden University. I'm currently looking for a textbook for a course I'm writing called "Innovative Curriculum." I bought the Kindle version of this book and think it might be just what I'm looking for. I want to shake my students up to get them to think BIG. I'm looking forward to discussing the ideas within this book with all of you. My blogs are at STEMmom.org and noabdforme.wordpress.com.

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  7. Good morning. I am the media specialist at Delta High School outside of Muncie, IN. I enjoyed the last eLearning book club and am looking forward to seeing how I can utilize the Innovator's Mindset in the library setting.

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  8. Hello! I'm the Technology and Data Specialist (fancy for tech trainer) for Carmel Clay Schools. Before starting this position, I was the media specialist for a K-5 building in my district. I'm excited to read this book with this community! You can find me on Twitter @ccstechgirl and Blogger at Adventures in EdTechLand.

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  9. HI. My name is Sandra Johnson and I am a Special Needs teacher at Twin Lakes High School. I teach direct service Algebra and Math Lab, and then World Langauge: American Sign Language. I am looking forward to this eLearning book club as I enjoyed last fall immensely.

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    1. I was not aware that American Sign Language was taught in the school system. I found this so interesting. Please tell more!

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  10. Good Morning!
    My name is Lauren Hittinger and I am kindergarten teacher at Washington Twp. This is my fourth year teaching and I can't believe it is already February! I am excited to be part of this book club!

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    1. I can't wait to see how you incorporate these ideas in Addison's class!

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    2. I can't wait to see how you incorporate these ideas in Addison's class!

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  11. Hello! I'm Sharon Van Kley, 6th grade science and digcit teacher at Kouts Middle School. I had the privilege of seeing George speak at Plymouth school corp's E-learning conference a few summers ago and he was amazing! Looking forward to reading this book. You can find me on Twitter at @vankleykms

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  12. Hello, I am Jill Deputy, Assistant Principal at Madison Consolidated High School. We had George Couros speak at our school in the fall. It was great, so I decided to join the club and read his book. I was involved in the summer club. It keeps me on track with reading and sharing with others! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. Hello, My name is Jimmy Ellis and I am a 6th grade teacher at Orleans Elementary School. I am also a member of our corporation's tech team. This will be my first time participating in the eLearning book club and I am excited to see what I can learn from the book and the discussion.

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  14. Hello my name is Lane Lewallen and I teach MS PE/Health and also coach varsity track and field/cross country for the Kankakee Valley School Corp. I am looking forward to this eLearning book club.

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  15. Hello! I am Chantell Manahan from MSD of Steuben County in Angola, IN. I have recently transitioned from HS English teacher to Director of Technology, and I sponsor the High Tech Hornets, our student tech team. I'm looking forward to connecting as we read The Innovator's mindset, and you can find me on Twitter @leadlaughlearn or on my blog laughinglearningleading.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi everyone! My name is Lynn France. I am a school based Speech Language Pathologist in the Indianapolis area. This is my first time participating in an online book group. I am looking forward to trying out this new format.

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  17. It's finally here! For once I ordered the book well in advance. I also had the pleasure of hearing George speak last summer, at the eLead Madison County event. I am a media specialist in MSD Warren Township in Indianapolis. I look forward to all of our conversations around the book.

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  18. Hi! My name is Alyson Zelencik; I am the Media Specialist at Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation in Hancock County. This is my first time participating in the DOE's Virtual Book Club, and I send a big thanks to Susie Highley for sending me the information! I look forward to reading the book and connecting with others.

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    1. Thank you for sending the information to MV staff so I could participate as well.

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    2. Yay! I'm glad you're participating!

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  20. Hi - my name is Kelly Collins and I am an 8th grade math teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Hancock County where I also coach 6th grade girls basketball. I am excited to participate in my first DOE Book Club!

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    1. I am happy to see other MV staff partaking in the book discussion.

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  21. Hi. I'm Jennifer Martin and a counselor at Salem High School. On Twitter I'm @counsjenn. This is my 3rd e-learning book club. I find them very informative.

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  22. Hello- My name is Barb Lazzaro. I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Hanover Central Middle School, Hanover Community School Corporation in Cedar Lake, IN. I teach Family and Consumer Sciences. This is my 3rd book club and I really enjoy it!

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    1. Wanted to say hello to a fellow middle school FACS teacher. I'm at Kankakee Valley Middle School in Wheatfield.

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    2. I've seen 4 FACS teachers on this book club so far; myself included. Greetings from Chesterton Middle School.

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  23. My name is Kelly Hudson and I am an innovation coach for DeKalb Central School. I am excited to dive into this book!

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  24. Saludos. I'm Lauren Angeles, Kouts Spanish teacher. I teach high school levels 1-4 and middle school exploratory. I love book clubs and I'm always looking for new tools for the Spanish teacher toolbox.

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  25. Hi. I'm Jennifer Stahl and I teach 8th grade Language Arts at West Washington Jr. High. I look forward to getting into the book and to learning from all of you!

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  26. I'm from DeKalb County Central Schools in Northeast Indiana. I am the district Technology Integrstion Coordinator. I saw George Couros speak at ISTE last year and am so excited to read his book with all of you! I'm thrilled to say that George will be our Keynote speaker at our Summer of eLearning Conference in July!

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    1. I need to check out those eLearning conference dates! I would love to attend one!

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    2. Our conference is July 26th in Waterloo, IN about 30 minutes north of Ft. Wayne. ;)

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  27. My name is Teri Oliver. You can find me on Twitter @terio356. I teach kindergarten at New Palestine Elementary for Southern Hancock schools. I am looking forward to reading this book with all of you. This is my fourth time participating in the book club. Each book I have read here has really challenged me and has helped me to grow as an educator.

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  28. Hello-My name is Annie Clark. I teach 6th grade ELA and social studies at Manchester Intermediate School in North Manchester. This is my first time participating in a book club and I'm very excited for the conversation and the book itself! My Twitter handle is @anneclark7.

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  29. Greetings: I am Tammy Farlow from Southwood Jr. Sr. High School, MSD Wabash County. I teach 8th grade math and Spanish 1, along with a 7th grade Exploring World Languages rotation class. I first heard George Couros speak a couple of years ago at the summer of e-learning Wabash WISE. He was highly inspiring in person, and I have enjoyed following him on Twitter; so, I am pleased to find his book the choice for this blog.

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    1. I attended WISE the following year and people were still using George's quotes in their presentations! He must have made a big impact!

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    2. Yes, he was the reason I attempted Twitter (a second time) and really stuck with it, making more connections each go-around. I see you are from Kokomo: maybe you can make it to another WISE event.

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  31. I am Sean Fahey. 4th grade teacher at Throop Elementary in Paoli. Ready to learn and grow with everyone here. I was able to hear George speak last year at Scottsburg's Digipalooza - Fantastic! My twitter is @SEANJFAHEY & I blog at faheystech.blogspot.com

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  32. I am Valerie Zemaitis, a Social Studies teacher at Wilbur Wright Middle School in Munster. As my department is transforming, reading about how to ditch the textbook (Miller) and how to become more innovative (Couros) have been perfect book clubs to participate in with others throughout Indiana. If you have successful resources that can help my department become completely digital, please share @vrzemaitis.

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  33. Guten Morgen! I am the MS/HS German teacher and Student Council Adviser at Kouts High School. My StuCo President has taught me so much this year about how to "get out of the way", allowing and empowering Ss to follow their own passions and interests. I'm super excited about this book! Twitter handle: kcalvert1029

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    1. I think she has taught us all that lesson. What a great lesson to learn too

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  34. Hello! My name is Caren Stinger and I teach technology and visual art Holy Cross Central.This is my first experience participating in an online book club. I am excited to hear others opinions and to learn about the topic.

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  35. Good Morning:) I am Lisa Etchason and I teach at Holy Spirit School in Indianapolis. I am the Rti Coordinator and am responsible for managing our Special Education service plans and Language Plans for our students with English as a second language. Looking forward to new learning over the next few months!

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  37. Hello. My name is Kara Parker; I am the Resource teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Fortville. This is my first time participating in the DOE's Virtual Book Club. I look forward to reading this book.

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  38. Hello! I am Desiray Tison and I teach 8th grade Special Education at Mt. Vernon Middle School. I have been teaching for 3 years. All of my years of teaching have been spent at Mt. Vernon. I am looking forward to participating in this book club.

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    1. Desiray! Looks like we'll be connecting with even more books! Looking forward to it!

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  39. Hello! My name is Morgan Jones. I teach 6th grade Social Studies at Delta Middle School in Muncie.

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  40. Happy Groundhog's Day everyone! I am Betsy Schwering and I have been the Library Media Specialist at Jennings County High School for the past 9 years. I did the fall book club discussion, and look forward to this one!

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  41. My name is Erin Mauch. I teach third grade at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne. Teaching kids to be think, get out of their comfort zone, and be innovators is a passion for me. I am really looking forward to this book club.
    Twitter @MauchErin

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  42. My name is Rachel Hamilton. I teach eighth grade Family and Consumer Sciences at Kankakee Valley Middle School in Wheatfield. I'm really looking forward to this book club as I learned a lot from the last one and was really inspired!

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  43. Hello, my name is Michael Eddie. I am a science teacher at Pike Preparatory Academy. I teach Biology and ESS for high school seniors for MSD Pike Township. This is the first book club I have ever participated in and am excited to see how it goes.

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  44. Hi-
    I am Tammy Stouse and I am the Media Specialist at Twin Lakes High School. I'm looking forward to another great book and discussion.
    Happy Groundhog Day :-)

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  45. Hi! My name is Lauren Smith, and I am a K-5 Instructional Coach at Noble Crossing Elementary in Noblesville. I'm looking forward to learning and growing alongside all of you throughout this book discussion.
    Twitter @lsmith0917

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  46. Hello, I am a high school socials studies and Television teacher at North Montgomery High School in Crawfordsville.

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  47. Hi! My name is Susan Sanders. I am in my 27th year at Kouts Middle/High School. I am currently teaching freshman algebra, senior government and econ, and remediating students in math and English. I am part of a building that is eager to see our students think for themselves.

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  48. Hello. My name is Kris Taylor. I teach computer at Benton Elementary School near Goshen. Next year, I will be teaching Business Education for middle / high school. I am looking forward to my first book club.

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  49. Hey there! I am Kyle Kline from Delphi Community Jr.-Sr. High School. I am the math curriculum coach and technology integration specialist. I am a new member to the ICE board and the ICTM board for the state. I am also part of the EdTech Heroes (@edtechheroes) I started reading this book over Christmas break and can barely put it down! Follow me on Twitter @MrKline_EdTech or check out my blog at http://oracleshotspot.blogspot.com/ I look forward to learning from you all.

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  50. Hello! My name Julia Myers and I teach fourth graders at Eastview Elementary School in Connersville. I was fortunate to attend the summer of e-learning conference where Mr. Couros was a speaker. I am looking forward to reading the book and discussing with you all!

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  51. Hi! My name is Kristie Shoup. I am a special education teacher at Winchester Community High School. I have done a book chat in the past and enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to this one and discussing it with everyone. : )

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  52. Hi everyone...George Couros from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...Honoured that so many of you are taking time to read the book. Please let me know if you have any questions through Twitter or email, or even the #InnovatorsMindset hashtag. Look forward to learning from all of you!

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  53. Hello everyone! (Glad you found us George!) My name is Jessica Hollingsworth and I am the instructional and technology facilitator at Bon Air Elementary in Kokomo, IN. I love how everyone is sharing their handles! Follow me at @J4Hollingsworth and follow my school at @academy_ba. This title and author intrigued me when I saw the book released, glad it was the pick for this semester's study!

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  54. Hello! My name is Jennifer Leavell and I teach English at Mt. Vernon High School (Hancock County). This is my ninth year of teaching, and I'm also the yearbook adviser. I'm looking forward to reading the book and connecting with other educators.

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  55. Hi! My name is Victoria Lee and I am a Biology and Life Science teacher at Jennings County High School in North Vernon, IN. I am in my second year and am always looking to learn from other educators and develop my own classroom and teaching style. I am always interested in seeing what other's do that make them successful and adapting it! I am very excited to learn from and contribute to a community that is striving to make the educational experience as uplifting and rewarding as possible for our students!

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  56. Good Morning! I am Barb Peres, and I am looking forward to bringing innovation to my Family and Consumer Science/ Math class here at Washington Township Middle/High with in the East Porter County School Corporation.

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    1. YEAH!! Love to see FACS teachers on these book clubs. I teach FACS at Chesterton Middle School.

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  57. Good evening from Kouts, IN! I am Elizabeth Chatwell, a 27+ year English teacher at Kouts HS. Looking forward to connecting!

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  59. Hey everyone! My name is Lila Jay and I am the principal at Carmel Middle School. I have really enjoyed these book studies in the past and am very intrigued by this title! This is my 14th year in education; 6th as principal at CMS.

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  60. Good day! My name is Kathryn Evans and I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Chesterton Middle School in NW Indiana. This is my 11th year teaching. I have been participating in the the last few eLearning book clubs and am looking forward to learning more.

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  61. Hi all! My name is Megan Tiscareno. I teach 8th grade Reading at Clark MS in Hammond, IN. This is my 6th year teaching. These book clubs have been an awesome way to branch out of my professional development book niche and find some new and innovative ideas. Looking forward to discussing this with all of you!

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  62. Hello to everyone! I am April Pickett!
    I teach at West View Elementary School, in Muncie, IN.
    I am currently teaching a 3rd/4th grade split class! Last year, I taught solely 4th grade. I was also a media specialist for 4 years, at the same school! I have enjoyed other books in the Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., so I am looking forward to reading this book, as well!

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  63. Hello! I am Meghan O'Connor, a World History teacher for Carroll High School.I learned a great deal from the last book club, and I am excited to continue the learning!

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  64. Hello, my name is Gregory Stetter, I teach Social Studies at Southwood Jr. Sr. High School in Wabash. I am looking forward to learning and reading this book!

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  65. Hello, I am Kerri Gieras. I am an Intense Intervention teacher for Wabash Miami Area Program housed in Vernon Manor Children's Home in Wabash, Indiana. My students are medically fragile, with cognitive and physical disabilities. This is my fourth book club. I always come away from the books we read with new ideas to incorporate with my students and my school age grandchildren. It was fun to read the diversity of all the teachers that are going to participate. I look forward to learning new concepts, as well as seeing all the passion our Indiana teachers have for our students.

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  66. Hello! My name is Kasey Barker I am a special education teacher at Pendleton Heights Middle School in South Madison Community School Corporation. I teach math and language arts intervention to 7th and 8th grade students. I participated in the fall ebook club and really enjoyed both the book and the discussions!

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    1. I should also note that I do not have the book yet... so I will be a little behind at first, my apologies!

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  67. Hi everyone! My name is Aaron Owney and I am in my second year as assistant principal of Kouts MS/HS in East Porter County School Corporation. I've been in education since 2003. This is my first e-book club and I am excited to learn and grow with each of you!

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  68. Hello, all! My name is Michelle Lyons Sparling, and I'm in my thirtieth year of teaching. I teach English 9 and Current Events classes at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School in Wabash, Indiana. I have read several of the Book Club selections and am thankful for this opportunity to obtain PGPs in a fun, self-paced, flexible schedule. Looking forward to this book since the author is someone I've heard speak at our corporation's WISE Conference a couple of summers ago.

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  69. Hi! My name is Amanda Rowe and I teach 9th, 11th and 12th grade English at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, In. I am looking forward to reading this book and engaging in conversations!

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  70. Hi! My name is Stacey Walke. I am a part-time Alg. 1 teacher at Twin Lakes High School. This is my 9th year teaching math of some sort. I have spent most of that time working with middle school students. The first step for me in becoming an "innovator" was signing up and onto my google account. I'm looking forward to "looking forward."

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  71. Greetings! Dennis Mitchel here. I'm teaching Biology at Mt. Vernon HS in Fortville. I taught many years ago, then took a hiatus and went into youth ministry. Happy to be back in the classroom and looking forward to getting better through reading and discussing this book.

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  72. Hi. I'm Tona Gardner from South Putnam Community Schools. I ordered this book with great interest. Our corporation has growth mindset and the 5 C's as driving ideas for our digital learning initiative. Reading the first part of the book, I appreciate the focus on using knowledge and skills for the "creation of new and better idea" (p. 33). I'm excited to work through this book with everyone. @TonaGardner

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  73. I'm Stephanie Steiner from the Indiana School for the Deaf. I'm the Ed Tech Specialist and enjoying exploring new ways for our teachers to not only use technology, but use it to approach teaching/learning in new ways.

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  74. I'm Lance Yoder. I'm the technology integration coordinator for MSD of Steuben County. I'm a former fourth grade teacher and I'm excited about this book club. I'm getting a little bit of a late start. I decided I might as well join in since I had already started this book. Joining this book club will help me finish it off and get more out of it. :)

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  75. Hi there! My name is Chelsea Bramfeld. I apologize for the late start, but after several weeks of sickness, I am finally able to join in!I am currently teaching 7th grade Reading and Language at Kouts Middle School. I love the premise of this book and have enjoyed the first chapters. Thank you for the opportunity to grow together!

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  76. Hello. I am Christy Ruch. Currently I am staying home with my children. I taught 5th grade for 8 years at Hamilton Southeastern Schools. I am just now starting the book and am looking forward to learning about innovation in education.

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  77. Hello-my name is Kathleen Carter and I am a Special Education teacher at Roosevelt Middle School. I have been participating with this online discussion since early February, and I am really enjoying these comments.

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  78. Good Morning! My name is Samantha Jarrett and I am a Technology Integration Specialist at East Noble High School. I am looking forward to reading this book. A little late to the game, but I hope to still glean from the comments!

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  79. Hi! My name is Katie Thompson. I am an elementary teacher in Indianapolis. I have been reading along but haven't sat down to comment each week! Looking forward to reading others thoughts and ideas!

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  80. My name is Lindsay Berndt. I am an elementary music teacher at Lake Ridge Schools. I am also starting a little late, but looking forward to reading everyone's comments!

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