Teachers go into professional development and they complain. This is boring! There's nothing here I can use! I don't have time to learn anything new! But these same teachers who have such high demands of those who teach them — go into the classroom and deliver a lesson that could bore the ticks off a hound dog. No pizzaz! No joy! No intrigue! WE CAN DO BETTER. Listen now.
George Couros is beginning a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset (George's new book.) Today we're talking about empathy. (There were so many great quotes, I've made quite a few images to tweet and pin to Pinterest.)
Have empathy for your students! Design awesome learning experiences. You can do this, teacher! If not, why not?
Essential Questions: Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?
- How do we consider what learning looks like to the students?
- What is an important question principals should ask themselves?
- What is the pathway to create better schools?
- How do we need to get past a growth mindset?
- How can schools create a culture of innovation and not just have a few teachers who are on fire for learning?
Educator Resources from this Episode
- George Couros @georgecouros
- The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros
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This is awesome. Keeping students engaged is essential, and if we ourselves think something is boring, then how do we expect our students to want to do it? Great insight into something that we need to think about everyday!
Fantastic post! As a parent, I have high expectations for my child’s teachers. As a teacher, my drive comes from asking myself, “would I want my child to be enrolled in my class?” Thank you for your insights on working toward an innovative mindset.
This is an insightful topic. I am a student obtaining my bachelors in Special Education. Your article gave me somethings to consider. Thank you for sharing.