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  1. 1. Collaborate. Create. Learn. Creating the schools our kids need
  2. 2. http://todaysmeet.com/igenatl
  3. 3. http://bit.ly/igenatl #igenatl
  4. 4. I was there...
  5. 5. ...now I’m here.
  6. 6. IF WE COULD START FROM SCRATCH, WHAT WOULD SCHOOLS LOOK LIKE?
  7. 7. Remember...kids are different now.
  8. 8. THIS IS ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF SCHOOLS
  9. 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. 10. From: http:// engage.education.alberta.ca/ inspiring-action/
  11. 11. Trinity Student
  12. 12. They lost money because they didn’t adapt. What are we willing to lose?
  13. 13. WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?
  14. 14. Collaborate. Create. Learn
  15. 15. Collaborate.
  16. 16. You.Me. We.
  17. 17. “Everybody needs help in this game...We're all susceptible to falling down and being exposed. But when we lose our fear of that, and look to each other, then vulnerability 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. 18. AUTONOMY. MASTERY. PURPOSE.
  19. 19. “We don't need sweeter carrots and sharper sticks...we need a whole new approach.” Daniel Pink
  20. 20. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” Daniel Pink
  21. 21. What works for us, often works for kids.
  22. 22. Motivation a Autonomy: The urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: The desire to get better at something that matters. Purpose: The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
  23. 23. Motivation...in schools a Autonomy: The urge to direct Autonomy: The urge to direct our own lives. our own teaching/learning. Mastery: The opportunity and Mastery: The desire to get time to deepen and improve our better at something that matters. practice. Purpose: The yearning to do Purpose: The importance of what we do in the service of contributing to the greater school something larger than ourselves. vision.
  24. 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 are disappointing, it can be very difficult to know why. All you can do is assume that “someone screwed up.” - Peter Senge
  25. 25. SCHOOL TEACHERS VS. CLASSROOM TEACHERS
  26. 26. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CHILDREN
  27. 27. Learning needs to be seen as a continuous journey, not done in “chunks”.
  28. 28. Conne
  29. 29. WE NEED TO DRAW UPON THE EXPERTISE OF OUR PARENTS.
  30. 30. Revisiting Learning Spaces
  31. 31. We need to rethink and effectively use our learning spaces
  32. 32. “Involve your students’ parents as much as you can. Try thinking of them as your students as well, that is, as people you are educating.” Marc Prensky
  33. 33. The Power of Sharing
  34. 34. Connected Principals
  35. 35. Create.
  36. 36. “We should not be blown away by our students; we should be expecting even more from them.” Marc Prensky
  37. 37. Flow
  38. 38. IF WE HAVE ACCESS TO ALL INFORMATION, HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD?
  39. 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. 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. 41. cc licensed flickr photo by steren.giannini: http://flickr.com/ photos/steren/2732488224/
  42. 42. PASSION (PERSONALIZED) BASED LEARNING
  43. 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. 44. “Once children leave childhood, they can never return. Childhood affords them the time to be creative dreamers.” Jenifer Fox
  45. 45. A CHILD’S IMAGINATION IS ENDLESS
  46. 46. Transfer of Ownership
  47. 47. Innovation Day
  48. 48. Student Led Assemblies Hip Hop Identity Day Forest Green News Student Led Conference 1-1 Laptop Program
  49. 49. If we are doing a good job in schools, we are not only preparing our students to be leaders in the future, but leaders today.
  50. 50. THIS IS NOT LIMITED TO STUDENTS...
  51. 51. “Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” Stephen Covey
  52. 52. Our Professional Development Plan
  53. 53. Learn.
  54. 54. It is not enough to simply stand our ground and expect people to follow us. As leaders we 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. 55. The most important role a leader can play education is that of a learner.
  56. 56. TRANSPARENT AND CONTINUOUS LEARNING
  57. 57. http://georgecouros.ca http://connectedprincipals.com
  58. 58. Continuous (Transparent) Learning
  59. 59. LEAD LEARNER VS. TEACHER
  60. 60. WE NEED TO ASK THE SAME OF OURSELVES THAT WE DO OUR STUDENTS.
  61. 61. Growth Fixed What is your mindset?
  62. 62. DOES THIS LOOK DIFFERENT FROM GRADE TO GRADE?
  63. 63. We need to focus on engaged learning, not big rewards.
  64. 64. Learning vs. Performance
  65. 65. This kills me
  66. 66. The question that should be behind every answer in education... what is best for kids?
  67. 67. Moving Forward
  68. 68. We can no longer work in isolation
  69. 69. We need to learn alongside our students
  70. 70. How many of us purposefully and explicitly model the learning process for our children? How many of us stand up in front of kids and say, "This is what I'm learning right now.” Scott McLeod
  71. 71. THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL WE NEED TO IMPART TO OUR STUDENTS IS LEARNING TO LEARN
  72. 72. No matter how far we are, we need to get on the path.
  73. 73. We have to keep asking... WHAT WILL MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM SCHOOL EXCEPTIONAL?
  74. 74. GET BETTER... OUR KIDS DESERVE IT
  75. 75. Contact Me Email - georgecouros@gmail.com Email - gcouros@psd70.ab.ca Twitter - @gcouros Blog - georgecouros.ca

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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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  • Teachers waiting for this to be implemented into the curriculum? How long does that take? Parents to let us know what is better?\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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  • 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
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  • 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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