The #instagrambookstudy of George Couros’ Innovators’ Mindset continues this week with Chapters 7-14. You can read my documentation of participating and learning of the introduction and chapters 1-6 in Part 1.
Chapter 7 – #innovatorsmindsetch7
Everything comes down to our willingness, as educators, to see ourselves as lifelong learners, our willingness to improve pedagogy, but also develop and support#heutagogy ( self-directed and self-motivated learning)… starting with ourselves as the chief learner!#innovatorsmindset#documenting4learning #langwitches
“If we want to create a culture of innovation, we must first focus on furthering our own learning and growth.”
Chapter 8 – #innovatorsmindsetch8
How do we learn to be comfortable? Practice, practice, practice…. make the unfamiliar familiar… document to make the unknown visible for ourselves and others and to take the mystery out of the risk… use documentation to capture evidence of growth … #innovatorsmindset#innovatorsmindsetch8
“Learning is messy, and we have to be comfortable with risk, failure, growth, and revision. “
Chapter 9- #innovatorsmindsetch9
As I am reading #innovatorsmindsetch9 , I am again drawn to a quote that mentions the importance of educators seeing and considering themselves primarily as a learner. @gcouros highlights the importance of metacognition, the thinking about your thinking… I am left though contemplating what happens when educators choose not to be active learners…. when they choose to not create opportunities for their students to learn in #newforms … Can we start talking about malpractice? #innovatorsmindset#documenting4learning #langwitches
“It is now more important than ever to embrace the notion that, in education, we are all learners. It’s only when we are willing to constantly expand and evaluate our own thinking, that we will be able to create the environments our students so deeply deserve.”
Chapter 10- #innovatorsmindsetch10
In #innovatorsmindsetch10 , @gcouros asks if everyone in your school or organization knows the 3 big things you are exploring. I wonder also if the school or organization has narrowed their 3 big things down and are clear on them, if these goals are communicated visibly and transparently? Does admin or the leadership team celebrate and make the process of the journey towards the goal visible to all stakeholders? How is evidence of accomplishments captured and shared? AND how is the school as a community documenting learning and growth which is ultimately the main goal in education. #innovatorsmindset#documenting4learning #langwitches
What are the 3 big things your school/organization is exploring?
Chapter 11 – #innovatorsmindsetch11
While reading #innovatorsmindsetch11 for a second time, the quote
“Today, isolation is a choice educators make.”
was still the most significant quote for me. It is one thing when you don’t know what you don’t know… when you don’t know about all the opportunities to connect as a learner, as a teacher, as an educator that exist … once you know though, NOT being connected becomes a choice as @gcouros states in #innovatorsmindset … that is the game changer for me… once being connected or not be connected is a choice , the responsibility of that choice is with each individual person!
Chapter 12– #innovatorsmindsetch12
“Learning is deeply personal, and without reflection time and having the opportunity to connect your own ideas and personal learning to what is being shared, it is harder to go deep into ideas or retain and share them.”
Reflection is too often seen as an add-on or something that is done on the fly, informally or “quickly” in your head. As @gcouros points out in #innovatorsmindset the importance of dedicated time is essential to making connections to one’s own thinking, experiences and mindset… #documenting4learning uses a learningflow routine that dedicates reflection time as one of the five steps ( look for learning, capture learning, REFLECT on learning, share and amplify learning)
The “MINDSET” is something I come back over and over again. No book, no workshop, no conference, no Twitter chat that share new ideas, #newforms , new #bestpractices will ever make a difference or be sustainable if there is not a mindshift. As soon as the going gets tough, the learner will “bungee cord” back to old habits and practices …. #innovatorsmindset#innovatorsmindsetch13
“Our job as leaders is to make sure that innovation isn’t simply a word but a mindset that intentionally and consistently shapes our daily practice.”
I am convinced that only by sharing our experiences, successes, failures, and research of #newforms and #bestpractices in education, will we move forward to build upon, add value and find innovative ways to teach and learn. In the UNCHARTED TERRITORIES of our profession in the 21st Century into the 22nd Century. #documenting4learningstories is one way of doing that by sharing, disseminating and amplifying our continued learning as educators. We need to become chief storytellers for our students, our work and ourselves as professionals!
“Educators all over the world need to share their stories, as well, because stories inspire us all to move forward.”
This concludes the 14 chapters of The Innovators Mindset by George Couros. Following the Documenting Learningflow Routine. I LOOKED for learning and CAPTURED learning in these last two blog posts. Stay tuned for my REFLECTION on learning as I SHARE and AMPLIFY my learning in an upcoming blog post.