We are in an exciting time in education with so many opportunities for ourselves and our students, so George starts by defining innovation "...as a way of thinking that creates something new and better." As educators, shouldn't we always be searching and developing new and better? His positive approach throughout the book encourages his readers to embrace change. After all, "Change is an opportunity to do something amazing" as educators consider what is best for each learner. George further develops the definition of The Innovator's Mindset through an explanation of each of the "8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset," which are depicted in the following infographic by Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth):
1. an educator or school leader.
2. truly focused on "What is best for each learner?"
3. open to new ideas to ponder, discuss, and develop.
4. ready to challenge the status quo.
5. interested in creating new and better educational opportunities for your students.
6. open to considering well-developed ideas to make school a more innovative place for students.
The words in The Innovator's Mindset are not just words in a book, but rather a thoughtful culmination of George's own journey towards an Innovator's Mindset. As a connected educator himself, George connects the dots of current education thought and synthesizes the information in a way that encourages all educators to move forward. As George states; "If we don't really think about the way we teach, and, more importantly how both educators and students learn, we will all miss out on the opportunities that lie in front of us." Most importantly, "If students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them" (George Couros). What are you doing to learn and ensure students leave your classroom/school/district more curious than when they started? Spending some quality time with this book is the perfect place to start.
The Innovator's Mindset is another outstanding book from Dave Burgess Publishing (http://daveburgessconsulting.com/books-2/). I have read most of the books in the Dave Burgess publishing series and found each one to be though-provoking as each author underscores better educational opportunities for students. As educators read these books and become connected educators, they model what it means to be a learner, for our students. Even more importantly, these books are outstanding for book study discussions which will hopefully lead to positive changes in your classroom/school/district.