This year, I will start a two-year program that will eventually lead to a CAS in Educational Leadership. The first class was last week, and I loved it. It was wonderful to be back in an official classroom and be a learner.
One requirement for the class is to keep a record of professional readings from September to May. There has to be a minimum of 10; my first book to read is “The Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros. Mr. Couros was the keynote speaker at a conference earlier this summer and I wanted to begin the assignment with this book.
In the introduction, Mr. Couros mentions how innovative educators develop innovative students. Teachers need to showcase creativity and innovation inside school, so students constantly wonder, think and crave more knowledge. We need to provide students these opportunities. As Mr. Couros states, “If students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them,” (Couros, pg. 6).
Another point that stuck with me was this: we need to embrace change as it meets our community. What works in one school may not work in another. We need to build relationships with our community to implement and sustain change. The world is constantly changing, and we must adapt to meet the needs of our current student and community population. Educators must lead as learners and preserver through challenging and difficult situations.
Lastly, one of educator’s main goals should be to provide experiences that make students better people beyond graduation. It’s not all about the score of a state test. Once again, it goes back to the relationships we build.
At the end of each chapter is a section of discussion questions I hope to blog about. I am excited for this journey ahead of me.