Couros Quotes

Almost 3 years ago, I read Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros for the first time. I hadn’t heard of George before. I read the book first using Kindle Cloud Reader. I find this tool a great way to read, while working. I made 223 highlights and 11 notes. That’s basically highlighting the whole book.

It was great to meet George Couros!

As I was reading, I could feel my perspectives and thinking shifting. That’s a pretty good book, to make that happen. And 3 years ago, I was on year 32 as an educator, with half of that time being as a middle school teacher.

Sometimes I feel a bit like a crazed fan, but I can live with that. The book and George’s thinking has pushed me to be better. This week, I started tweeting my Top Ten Couros Quotes. I think I’ve timed this so that my next blogpost will be about the number one quote from the book.

The quotes I’ve chosen so far are:

10. “Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.”

9. “Any time teachers think differently about who they teach and how they teach, they can create better learning opportunities. Questioning what we do and why we do it is essential for innovation.”

8. “Technology can be crucial in the development of innovative organizations, but innovation is less about tools like computers, tablets, social media, and the Internet, and more about how we use those things.”

7. ….scheduled via Tweetdeck to roll out in about 3 hours.

6. …..scheduled via Tweetdeck to rollout in 27 hours

5, 4, 3, 2, 1….still to come!

Thank you George!

Author: Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 36 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 5 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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