I just finished reading The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. If you haven't read it - you need to. So many good points that I plan to write about in future posts. Above is a rendering of the 8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset - I have had this on my office door for all to see for over a year now. I even shared it during our monthly #NHCSchat some time ago. All before I really read the book. I'm so glad I finally read it. It was validating and empowering.
In my last blog post, I wrote about empathy. As I read this book, I realized that empathy is one of the eight characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset. I have that! Go me! ☺
But this quote also resonated with me:
If we are going to be effective leaders, we must model the behavior and attitudes we seek in our learners - be they students or educators.
Maybe it was because the next sentence says it's more powerful and persuasive to say "Let's do this together" than to tell folks to do something we ourselves aren't willing to do. I LIVE this. That is item three of the Innovator's Mindset - in the book, not on the image above. Again, I have that! Go me! ☺
Take a look at the whole list. I have a couple that I want to develop more and some that are definitely my strengths. Here are the 8 characteristics from the book:
How many do you posses? How do these impact your teaching...and learning?