Every once in a while, I read an educational/professional development book that just rocks me to my core. The ideas, critical thinking, puzzlement, affirmation, ah-hah moments, and personal growth experiences that stem from reading a solid piece of literature is just so juicy! When moments like this occur, I can't hold it in! I have to share the book out to the world.
That my dear educator friends is why I have decided that my latest juicy read was SO phenomenal that I wanted to do a group/collaborative book study on it. When a friend and colleague recommended the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros, I bought it, read it, then FREAKED OUT and read it two more times.
Innovation is a term that is tossed around like confetti, is often misunderstood, and yet so needed and vital to our education system. Mr. Couros has done an exceptional job of pinpointing the need for innovation in education and to make learning an experience that is relevant and meaningful to every.single.student. He stresses the need to create a vision of what learning for your students could be and then the importance of following through and making it happen in the classroom.
He doesn't ask you to recreate the wheel or step outside of the box. Mr. Courus encourages you to work with what you have and make "it" happen so that your students are growing as learners, learning experiences are tailored for each student, and you are challenging yourself and your students to take ideas/experiences and make them better.
I cannot wait to see where this book study takes us! As of March 23rd, we have over 60 educators signed up for this course. We have a private Facebook group started, will be participating in slow Twitter chats, and a few Blab shows. It is going to be EPIC, and we would love to have you join us! If you are interested, please try to jump in by March 28th!
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