Monday, February 29, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 5: Chapters 6 and 7

We're reading two information-packed chapters this week. How are you empowering your students? Does your school community have a shared vision for learning? If so, how are you working that into your classroom? Or feel free to share some other thoughts about these chapters.

A couple of reminders -- if you haven't responded to all weeks' blog posts yet, make sure that you do. Also, don't forget to register for the book club by completing the form here. Be sure that you have completed your Google profile so that your name shows up with your blog comments. There's at least one person who is showing up as Unknown, which means I don't know to whom those comments belong.

For next week, let's read and discuss chapters 8 and 9.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 4: Chapters 4 and 5

There are a couple of questions that came from chapters 2 and 3. We can assume that you feel relationships are important in your classroom or building, but how do you build those relationship? How do you create opportunities for your students or teachers to learn based on personal learning styles or interests? How do you get in the trenches to find out what your students or teachers really need?

If you have just recently joined in the reading and conversation, welcome! Don't forget to go back and comment to every week's post, including the introduction the first week. Also, please fill out the registration form. If you have friends or coworkers who would like to join, please tell them they are still welcome to, just try to catch up as quickly as possible. For next week we will read and discuss chapters 6 and 7.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 3: Chapter 3

Do you see characteristics of the innovator's mindset that George shared in this chapter changing learning experiences in your classroom? How are you taking risks or networking or creating...or how are you having your students do these things?

Great conversations so far! Keep up the great work! Next week we'll read and discuss chapters 4 and 5.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 2: Chapters 1 and 2

After reading the first two chapters of The Innovator's Mindset, has your definition of the "innovation" changed? If so, how? What are your thoughts about having an innovator's mindset in your school or classroom? Are there other thoughts or questions about the reading you'd like to share with other participants?

It has been great to see quite a few new names along with many familiar ones in the comments. Welcome, everyone, to the conversation! A few housekeeping things before finishing up this week's post. If you are joining in the conversation for the first time this week, be sure you go back to last week's post and introduce yourself. Also, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is a new addition with this book club and will provide me with all of the participant's names, schools/corporations, and email addresses so I can send out PGPs at the end of the book club. As I've been looking through comments I've noticed a few people's names are showing up as "Unknown" when they comment to blog posts. Please ensure that you have completed your Google profile. I need to know who is making comments so that I can award PGPs at the end of the book club. 

For next week we will be finishing up the first section, reading chapter 3, "Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset."

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.
  • 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 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.