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Discussing the vision for schools and how we need to work together to be better for our students

Discussing the vision for schools and how we need to work together to be better for our students

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  • Fantastic George, I enjoyed meeting you at the Cegsa Conference and will be making staff aware of your ppt's here, thanks for sharing.
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  • Hi George...I just watched your slide presentation and would also love to use a few of the slides to motivate my teachers...My task this year is to help create a culture of learning at my school. Can you send it to me directly at rgellman@eesd.org?
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  • Hi George, I very much enjoyed your slide presentation and was hoping to use some of the slides to show my teachers. Unfortunately, although I have a slideshare account I could not download your presentation because it is in a file that I cannot open. Can you send it to me directly? Or give me some direction? Thanks, MJ
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  • This is a question that we need to start asking....this also means that a lot of the things that we do are already great.\n
  • This is a question that we need to start asking....this also means that a lot of the things that we do are already great.\n
  • This is a question that we need to start asking....this also means that a lot of the things that we do are already great.\n
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  • This is not about throwing out everything that schools are, but instead building upon the great things that we are already doing.\n
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  • But if sc\n
  • Teachers waiting for this to be implemented into the curriculum? How long does that take? Parents to let us know what is better?\n
  • This is my vision of schools...what I would like to see happening in the future\n
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  • Good Boss, Bad Boss analogy...Men’s Warehouse analogy. Roles on the team.\n
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  • How do you motivate staff? I help them motivate themselves. They ask, “what do you need me to do?”...Talk about Kelly Wilkins, trust, what I would do, her motivation etc.\n
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  • The environment that we want as teachers, we need to create for our students. Trust, risk taking, flexibility, lateness.\n
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  • We need to quit working in isolation and start connecting with one another...\n
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  • The ray of learning...discuss the conversation about the Kindergarten teacher that asked me about keyboarding and the amount of time to log on to the computer.\n
  • The importance of our kindergarten teachers participating to some extent.\n
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  • How do we get parents involved? Their expertise with ours is essential.\n
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  • It is essential that we have the mindset that we are willing to connect\n
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  • It is so essential that \n
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  • We need to allow students to develop their own thoughts and ideas...\n
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  • Forest Green News, Student Led Conferences, Portfolios, Hip Hop Dance\n
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  • This is not only for our kids to be leaders in their learning, but also our staff\n
  • This is not only limited to students....we have given our students the opportunity to create, we need it as well. We also need to do it with purpose. When staff had this opportunity to develop based on their strengths, this was also an opportunity for them to become leaders in our school.\n
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  • We all learn...we are sitting here today and learning. Does anyone know this is happening? Is this PD day enough? Is this all we would ask of our students?\n
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  • We often want our leaders to be a certain way, and our students, but we need to ask more of ourselves.\n
  • Having trouble moving from grade to grade, switching subjects, adverse to change? Our students have to do it all the time.\n
  • When we give grades or limits to learning, aren’t we holding back our kids?\n
  • Discussion of how teachers in different areas may have different learning...not really how it works. Teachers need to follow in the path of their own passion and learn about it.\n
  • Sticker charts, etc....blah blah blah. Good teachers engage kids in what they are learning.\n
  • The example of a second language...French\n
  • This is not about throwing out everything that schools are, but instead building upon the great things that we are already doing.\n
  • How much content do we need to remember or will we use? It is the process that is most important. Creating is more importa t than content\n
  • Why do we do all of this?\n
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  • Students and teachers nee to be learners...we need to learn alongside our kids\n
  • Reference Scott McLeod’s article...blah blah \n
  • Kids are watching more now than ever...\n
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  • This is the most important skill we need in schools.\n
  • The talk of implementation. If you really disagree, not implementing will not prove anything right. Implement and if it fails, it is not because of effort.\n
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  • None of this matters if the vision is not clear...\n\nThere are two options here....jump in or jump off.\n
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  • 1. Collaborate. Create. Learn. Creating the schools our kids need
  • 2. http://todaysmeet.com/igenatl
  • 3. http://bit.ly/igenatl#igenatl
  • 4. I was there...
  • 5. ...now I’m here.
  • 6. IF WE COULD START FROM SCRATCH,WHAT WOULD SCHOOLS LOOK LIKE?
  • 7. Remember...kids are different now.
  • 8. THIS IS ABOUT THEEVOLUTION OF SCHOOLS
  • 9. “Instead, the individuals who are emerging as the new “winners”—the new thrivers—of the twenty-first century are those who possess above-average creativity, strong analytical skills, a knack for foresight, and—surprise, surprise—good people skills.” Stephen Covey
  • 10. From: http://engage.education.alberta.ca/ inspiring-action/
  • 11. TrinityStudent
  • 12. They lost money because they didn’t adapt. What are we willing to lose?
  • 13. WHAT ARE WEWAITING FOR?
  • 14. Collaborate. Create. Learn
  • 15. Collaborate.
  • 16. You.Me. We.
  • 17. “Everybody needs help in this game...Were all susceptible to falling down andbeing exposed. But when we lose our fear of that, and look to each other, thenvulnerability turns into strength, and we can take responsibility for our place in the larger context of the team and embrace a vision in which the group imperative takes precedence over personal glory.” ~Phil Jackson
  • 18. AUTONOMY. MASTERY. PURPOSE.
  • 19. “We dont need sweeter carrots and sharper sticks...weneed a whole new approach.”Daniel Pink
  • 20. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connectedto one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” Daniel Pink
  • 21. What works for us, often works for kids.
  • 22. Motivation aAutonomy: The urge to directour own lives.Mastery: The desire to getbetter at something that matters.Purpose: The yearning to dowhat we do in the service ofsomething larger than ourselves.
  • 23. Motivation...in schools aAutonomy: The urge to direct Autonomy: The urge to directour own lives. our own teaching/learning. Mastery: The opportunity andMastery: The desire to get time to deepen and improve ourbetter at something that matters. practice.Purpose: The yearning to do Purpose: The importance ofwhat we do in the service of contributing to the greater schoolsomething larger than ourselves. vision.
  • 24. When people in organizations focus only on their position, they have little sense of responsibility for the results produced when all positions interact. Moreover, when results aredisappointing, it can be very difficult to know why. All you can do is assume that “someone screwed up.” - Peter Senge
  • 25. SCHOOL TEACHERS VS.CLASSROOM TEACHERS
  • 26. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CHILDREN
  • 27. Learning needs to be seen as a continuous journey, not done in “chunks”.
  • 28. Conne
  • 29. WE NEED TO DRAW UPON THEEXPERTISE OF OUR PARENTS.
  • 30. Revisiting Learning Spaces
  • 31. We need to rethink andeffectively use our learning spaces
  • 32. “Involve your students’ parents as much as you can. Trythinking of them as your students as well, that is, as people you are educating.” Marc Prensky
  • 33. The Power of Sharing
  • 34. Connected Principals
  • 35. Create.
  • 36. “We should not be blown away by our students; we should be expecting even more from them.” Marc Prensky
  • 37. Flow
  • 38. IF WE HAVE ACCESS TOALL INFORMATION, HOWDO WE MOVE FORWARD?
  • 39. From: http:// www.ecorazzi.com/ 2008/02/13/british- supermarket-tesco-doubles-order-for-free- range-chickens/Is this picture okay to have in this presentation?
  • 40. From: http:// www.ecorazzi.com/ 2008/02/13/british- supermarket-tesco-doubles-order-for-free- range-chickens/Is this picture okay to have in this presentation?
  • 41. cc licensed flickr photo bysteren.giannini: http://flickr.com/ photos/steren/2732488224/
  • 42. PASSION (PERSONALIZED) BASED LEARNING
  • 43. “We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 44. “Once children leave childhood, they can neverreturn. Childhood affords them thetime to be creative dreamers.” Jenifer Fox
  • 45. A CHILD’SIMAGINATION IS ENDLESS
  • 46. Transfer ofOwnership
  • 47. Innovation Day
  • 48. Student Led Assemblies Hip Hop Identity Day Forest Green NewsStudent Led Conference 1-1 Laptop Program
  • 49. If we are doing a good job in schools, weare not only preparing our students to be leaders in the future, but leaders today.
  • 50. THIS IS NOT LIMITED TO STUDENTS...
  • 51. “Leadership is communicatingpeople’s worth and potential soclearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” Stephen Covey
  • 52. Our ProfessionalDevelopment Plan
  • 53. Learn.
  • 54. It is not enough to simply stand our ground and expect people to follow us. As leaderswe sometimes need to cross the bridge, meet people where they are, and walk beside them as they move to where we know we need to be.
  • 55. The most important role a leader can play education is that of a learner.
  • 56. TRANSPARENT ANDCONTINUOUS LEARNING
  • 57. http://georgecouros.cahttp://connectedprincipals.com
  • 58. Continuous (Transparent) Learning
  • 59. LEAD LEARNER VS. TEACHER
  • 60. WE NEED TO ASK THE SAMEOF OURSELVES THAT WE DO OUR STUDENTS.
  • 61. Growth Fixed What is your mindset?
  • 62. DOES THIS LOOKDIFFERENT FROM GRADE TO GRADE?
  • 63. We need to focus on engaged learning,not big rewards.
  • 64. Learning vs. Performance
  • 65. This kills me
  • 66. The question that should be behind every answer in education... what is best for kids?
  • 67. Moving Forward
  • 68. We can no longer work in isolation
  • 69. We need to learn alongside our students
  • 70. How many of us purposefully andexplicitly model the learning process for our children? How many of us stand up in front of kids and say,"This is what Im learning right now.” Scott McLeod
  • 71. THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL WE NEED TO IMPART TO OUR STUDENTS ISLEARNING TO LEARN
  • 72. No matter how far we are,we need to get on the path.
  • 73. We have to keep asking...WHAT WILL MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM SCHOOL EXCEPTIONAL?
  • 74. GET BETTER...OUR KIDS DESERVE IT
  • 75. Contact MeEmail - georgecouros@gmail.com Email - gcouros@psd70.ab.ca Twitter - @gcouros Blog - georgecouros.ca