Leading a Learning Community

Where do you focus your attention for the growth of your organization? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Have you ever done a presentation and get overwhelmingly positive feedback but also get the one negative, snarky comment that you just can’t get out of your mind? We have all been there in some form, and although we know it can be irrational we still get stuck on it.  We can learn from negative comments but we can also get lost in them. You can pay attention to the negative feedback, but you don’t have to dwell on it.…

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The Importance of Not Stepping In – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I had a fantastic opportunity to do a student podcast recently, and although the students were there to ask me questions, I took a lot of time to ask them about their own experiences in school. Honestly, I would rather hear from them and their perspectives than I would talk so I tried to get in as many questions as possible.  It was such a pleasure to connect with these students.We got onto the topic of “empowering” students and why…

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Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. Wondering if you could give me insight?” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so.  If you want someone to be innovative in an area, they are more likely to bring and create powerful ideas in something they are passionate about…

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Two Positive Ways to Look at Change – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I’m known for the quote above, and there are two ways that it has helped me frame “change” in a positive context. Some change will come your way, and you need to see solutions where most will see obstacles. I heard this advice; you can “go” through it or “grow” through it. The most important and meaningful “change” is often the one you can initiate yourself. For the sake of this post, I am going to look at the second…

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Master Teacher, Master Learner – The Principal of Change – Education Article

The comment below is one I received from a teacher on the “Innovator’s Instagram Book Study” going on right now: For some reason, I burst into tears. To know someone has been in the profession for 37 years and is still pushing themselves to grow is a testament to so many great educators who do way more for kids and learning than they will ever be given credit. I have challenged this myth that as teachers get older in their…

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4 Thoughts to Help You Move Beyond Harsh Self-Criticism – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have been reading the “Marc and Angel Hack Life” blog for years, and it always gives me a little mental boost after soaking in some of the ideas. I don’t agree with everything that is written on there but it often makes me think, and the way they write with an emotional connection is powerful. When I read “Don’t Be Afraid to Do These 10 Hard Things for Yourself” I appreciated much of the advice, such as, “Don’t be…

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Thoughtfulness To Further Growth – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Some things I have been thinking about… Sometimes being “thoughtful” is used as a stall tactic not to move forward or grow.  We should be thoughtful of all the decisions that we make (obviously), but that thoughtfulness should be focused in the movement forward. This image created by Demetri Martin shows “success” as not only messy, with ups and downs, but always on an upward trajectory. Ownership is crucial for empowerment. There is no “empowerment” in learning without either a)…

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Celebrating the Success and Differences of Others #LEAPEffect – The Principal of Change – Education Article

As I was re-reading, “Take the LEAP; Ignite a Culture of Innovation” by Elisabeth Bostwick (published by Impress Books), this passage stuck out to me and was one that left me feeling uncomfortable as I know it happens far too often: Matthew and his building principal were close as colleagues, and they shared a similar philosophy of education. The more Matthew’s career blossomed, however, the more strained their relationship became. From Matthew’s perspective, it seemed that his principal resented his…

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20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019 – The Principal of Change – Education Article

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going. – Chantal Sutherland Learn to say ‘no’ to…

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#InnovatorsMindset Instagram Book Study (January 27, 2019 – February 9, 2019) – The Principal of Change – Education Article

This past July, I led a book study on Instagram, and it was a tremendous experience. It was a short process and encouraged participants to not only think deeply about their teaching and learning but also create their own media from the process while connecting with others. Because of the success of the first book study, we are going to lead another book study on”The Innovator’s Mindset,” starting on January 27th, 2019.  It will last for less than two weeks…

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Honoring the Past While Moving Toward the Future – The Principal of Change – Education Article

A couple of things that I have been thinking lately: When we say, “We want our students to change the world” or “solve tomorrow’s problems,” I wonder if we are acting like the generation of teachers before didn’t?  A lot of the great things that are being created by people today is because of teachers in the past having the same intentions of teachers’ today.  We have to realize that for the best educators, no matter the generation, the intent…

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Are you focusing on the race or the training? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have run a few marathons in my life in what seems like an eternity ago. They are as much a challenge to the mind as they are the body as any negative thought that you might have will creep into your head on a long run. After completing a marathon, someone said to me, “I can’t believe that you ran a marathon…That seems incredibly hard.” My response at the time was that the marathon was easy; the training was…

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