#IMMOOC–The Innovative Educator

Innovation is more than just inventing something new. Innovation is creative and messy. It is about creating a space for experimentation, failures, change for the better. Critical questions to ask when looking for innovation: Is it new? Is it better? How can you use innovation in teaching? How can students use it to learn?  We have to create an environment of uncertainty and unpredictability.  If you know every day when you show up to class EXACTLY what is going to happen (think about it from the lens of a student–I’m going to come in, sit down, do my warm up, listen…

More Life Lessons from Eva Kor

I posted last about attending TCSS in Corpus and having the opportunity to meet Eva Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz.  Since then, I have submitted the paperwork and have 30 students signed up to participate in a book study over her book and a SKYPE session with her! I’m am very excited about this.  We had over 30 students sign up, but the museum only allows 30 so we had to go based on time stamp of registering online. I’ve talked to a few students already and they are very excited to get started. So on to her next life…

Life Lessons from Eva Kor, Lesson #1

I was granted the amazing opportunity to attend and present at the Texas Council for Social Studies Conference in Corpus Christi (a full reflection post will be coming soon). While there, one of the sessions I attended was hosted by Eva Mozes Kor. I cannot even begin to describe the wisdom, patience, and grace of this amazing woman. She and her twin sister lost their entire family at Auschwitz and had to endure terrible conditions and medical testing at the hands of the Nazis and Dr. Mengele.  She has spent an amazing amount of her time, energy, and effort on…

EduBlogs…..who uses them?

I’m a little behind on posting for the #IMMOOC.  My plan is to watch the google hangout from Saturday either today or tomorrow and then post some reflections after that. Plus a meme (like the one of my daughter, below). I’ve been keeping up with the Voxer group and it is so great. There are some wonderful ideas being shared. If you haven’t joined, it’s not too late. But between the hangouts, facebook, twitter, and blog postings–there are so many new ideas out there! That has been the beauty of the MOOC, right?? So Edublogs…does anyone use them and not…

Shifting Culture

Shifting Culture: a reflection on being an instructional coach and week 1 of the #IMMOOC How do you create an innovative environment in your school? As an Instructional Coach, this is something I think about often. How can I help teachers try new things, reflect on their teaching, experience new professional learning, and grow in their craft?? Everyday is an opportunity to get better. Don’t waste it! And of course, a favorite quote from George Couros, Chapter 1 of The Innovator’s Mindset: Change is difficult and sometimes when we are looking for change, we expect it to happen all at…

#ObserveMe

Have you heard about the #ObserveMe idea? It started about a month ago, posted on a blog from Robert Kaplinsky.  I saw it on twitter and retweeted it to the other Instructional Coaches on my campus. I’m at a high school and we have 4 instructional coaches: Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies.  Other Instructional Coaches around the district started tweeting and emailing about it as well and it has grown! I could not be more excited about teachers being vulnerable, opening their doors, taking risks, and working on goals to improve their teaching! Here are a few examples:   So…

Joining in on the #IMMOOC

So here we go! Technically the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC doesn’t start for another week, but already people are jumping ahead and getting started! So I thought I would jump in as well. George posted a question to spark our thinking, “Why is “innovation” so crucial in education? What impact do you see it having on our students and ourselves long term?” A few people have already responded on the Facebook post with inspiring answers connecting problem solving, creative solutions, relevance, staying fresh, keeping up with the world around us, and much more. All such great answers!!! I responded with: “We, as…