Here is the short of it:
- #InnovatorsMindset is told in a narrative the draws readers into the learning story.
- This book is great for Central Admin, Principals, Teachers and Parents - everyone can be a learner!
- This will open the reader up to new perspectives, new ways of thinking and most importantly, new ways of learning.
- Not only a passionate narrative, but George lays out a solid foundation and plan to improve school culture and the learning environments in our buildings.
- The ideas in this book are transformational!
And the long of it:
I have read many a resource on supporting learners, assessment, leadership, 21C teaching and learning and innovation. Many of these books, while having some valid points, lack the personal touch and narrative. These two points are extremely important when it comes motivating staff to take action and bring about a change in learning for students. The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros (@gcouros), has BOTH of these and easily engaged our staff.
The personal narrative the George winds throughout the book entices readers along in their learning journey throughout all of the chapters. This narrative causes readers to reflect on their practices and asks them if they are bringing out the best in our students. Further to this, the narrative also encourages staff to create a safe culture and to focus on building relationships where all people feel safe as they challenge their current practices and educational philosophies.
Our staff have been reading this book as we re-examine our school's vision and we craft our new direction and it meshes perfectly with what we are doing. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter assist staff to deepen their understanding and broaden the possibilities of innovative learning opportunities. The resource links that George provides are current, relevant and engaging and are highly suitable for professional learning opportunities. They really help to illustrate the points that George makes and they resonate with staff.
Initially we purchased copies of this book for just our school leadership team. Our staff were so engaged and passionate about the book, we purchased copies for everyone in our school. We are also undertaking the revision of teaching and learning for our entire school board; and we purchased copies of The Innovators Mindset for everyone on the committee.
George's book is a must have for any organization looking to help people out of their comfort zone in order to build innovative learning environments for students.