Would you want to be a student in your own classroom-

Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?

George Couros innovators mindset empathy

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

it isn't about changing everything (1)


George Couros Empathy Innovator's mindset

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Sydney February 1, 2016 - 3:14 pm

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!

Melanie Hill February 4, 2016 - 12:33 pm

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.

Amy Taft February 15, 2016 - 1:13 am

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.


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