Innovation Year #boti

“After reading this, I have realized that I have to change.” -Amazing Educator

As I reflect on another year, the statement above from one of our third grade teachers continues to rise to the top of my thoughts. This team wanted to be proactive and innovative with unexpected student behavior. After several discussions, we decided to begin reading and exploring Conscious Discipline.

If you have discovered this framework, you know it is a different way of thinking about classroom management and student behavior… a complete disruption in our traditional methods. Our approach to setting up classrooms, responding to student behavior, and keeping our emotions regulated takes intentional effort, practice, and dedication. To say the least, I have been in awe of the commitment of this team. Each member has taken the term getting out of your comfort zone to a new level.

A great teacher adjusts to the learner, not the other way around. – George Couros, Innovator’s Mindset

Merriam-Webster defines innovation as:
1. An introduction of something new
2. A new idea, method, or device

As I focus on the needs of our students in 2018, innovation continues to be the one word that stands out. As we explore innovation at Elliott Elementary, we will repeatedly ask the question that George Couros presents in his book, Innovator’s Mindset, “Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom?”

Moreover, I will continue to ask myself the following questions:

1. Would I want to be a teacher in my own school?
2. How am I leading innovation that facilitates our students to thrive in the 21st Century?

Stay tuned…
We are bringing on the innovation #boti and leading to inspire positive actions for student success! #L2ipa