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The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

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Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future.

The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum. But our job as educators is to provid
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. (first published 2015)
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Chris Wejr
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although I have been a huge fan of George's blog for the past 7-8 years, his book brings his thoughts on leadership and innovation in education to a whole new level. Many education books are either too philosophical (so you are left nodding your head and saying "yes... Now what?") or too much like a recipe (so you are left with little room for context or personalization)... This book is an effective balance between big picture, philosophical ideals and stories that share how it can be done. All ...more
Justin Nelson
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Look, this is tough. This is one of those edu books meant to get you fired up about thinking a certain, new way about education. And, honestly, my district and I are already there in this process. (Couros would argue, and does in the final chapter, that you're never "there" and must seek continuous improvement. I would agree.) So, those aspects of this work are valuable to educational professionals still looking for the "why." I'll give thos book that. The "how" of this I just...I don't know it ...more
Alanna King
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I've just finished reading George Couros ' "The Innovator's Mindset" and I think it's time that we addressed the elephant in the room.  The word "mindset" is so five minutes ago.  There I said it.  What I mean is that putting the words innovator and mindset together in the same phrase is's a contradiction in terms, like jumbo shrimp, military intelligence (ouch).  Doesn't the very word mindset imply that the mind is formed and finished?  George does acknowledge that the precur ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some key ideas:
Levels of Technology
Literate - I can use the device
Adaptive - I am doing something with the tech that I used to do with paper/pencil
Transformative - I am doing something with the device I couldn't do before such as creating video, connecting with people around the world through a blog (or other ways), or sharing items with other students in the classroom at any time, from any place.

Crowd accelerated innovation:
1 - People share a common interest
2 - Everyone shares to see what othe
Molly Dettmann
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book makes me excited to get into the classroom and do the work. I appreciate the author’s thoughts on new technology and how it isn’t best practice to throw it in there and call it innovation. Technology should be incorporated in a purposeful way and tinkering and exploring is a must to discover that purpose, not just for learners, but educators as well. Trust students and what they are capable of and watch them reach their full potential.
Kris Patrick
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
First half... Blah blah blah. 2nd half - good stuff. He extols the virtue of grit, but I thought grit is now out?
TJ Wilson
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw Couros speak at Ohio State University, and he was super inspiring. I think I came away from that session with six or seven pages of notes, a lot of them ideas unrelated to the speech itself but ideas spurred from the speech.

Education seems to be always described as this slow moving machine. People often poke fun at all government institutions this way. This book is a testament to the learner/teacher model: the best teachers are the best learners. And if we model all classrooms this way, th
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grown-up, pd
So many thoughts ... and frustrations. And plans and wishes ... and I admit, "buts." ...more
Beth Honeycutt
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has many great ideas and things to think about for today's educators! ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really can't say enough good things about this book. It took me a long time to get through it, mainly because every time I read something, I had to stop, contact a colleague about it, and brainstorm ways we could implement Couros' suggestions into our teaching. While much of it is geared towards educators in leadership positions, like superintendents and principals, the reality is that we're all the leaders of our own classrooms, so everything Couros suggests is applicable, regardless of your ...more
Connie Liu
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting read about pushing progress in the static system of education with an "innovator's mindset". However, I found a lot of the suggestions in this book a bit mundane: blogging as a way to learn, reflect, and share, more teacher education and risk-taking, empowering employee strengths, etc.. These ideas, instead of being innovative, are actually quite derivative from the progress in every other field besides education. These are already common ideas in business, technology, and design, ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I felt empowered by the ideas and sharing in this book. I am so glad I stumbled on it (on line during a Google search). I am also now enjoying the blog posts from George Couros. What I wish, though, is that blogs and twitter weren’t so heavily touted as the path to sharing, learning, or innovation. I have more than one reason for this, but not insignificant is the implication that teachers have time in their day — or that writing a blog about school (what about their personal passions?) would be ...more
Toni Olivieri-barton
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw George speak in 2011 and he was amazing. Excited that he shared his views in this book. Must read for anyone in education.
Reed Fagan
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
While the ideas in this book are mostly solid, I don't think any of them are truly new. It is mostly a recapitulation of modern professional development that as educators we ought to use internet resources to improve our classroom environments and teaching techniques all the while being sure to use technology with students in a transformative way (i.e. giving students tasks or possibilities impossible without technology, e.g. crowdsource a simple social survey and ask a sociologist via social me ...more
Kristin Ammerman
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This books speaks to me like only have a handful of the hundreds of education books I've read. While innovation in my school and classroom are not new, I found myself tweeting and emailing my colleagues with great ideas that would build on what we are already doing. Mr. Couros answered the questions often posed to those pushing for innovation for all of the learners in schools. I often don't read an education book from cover to cover, rather pick and choose the chapter as menu items. Not this on ...more
Spacek Kim
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The innovative mindset is the growth mindset + creativity. The author describes in practical terms his experience with encouraging teachers to be creative in today's classroom. Couros was a principal in a school and developed 8 look fors in today's classroom: voice, choice, time for reflection, opportunities for innovation, critical thinkers, problem solvers/finders, self-assessment, and connected learning. Students are still taught the basics they need, however, are pushed beyond to apply them. ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A good reminder to think about how and why you are doing the things you do....and how to encourage those around you to improve as well.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the approach the author promotes for innovation, leadership, and learning. I like that he offers a combination of big ideas to consider as well as concrete steps to implement.
Alice Valdes
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read if you want to be a leader in your classroom, your school or as an administrator by becoming an innovator.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this is a must read for all educators! So many great little nuggets and wonderful overall message about mindset and capacity building for students AND adults.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting read that pushes the boundaries and confinements that we find ourselves in as public school educators. I come out of the book rejuvenated and ready to explore ways to innovate 'inside the box'. ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended for the pioneers in education!
Tim Rohweder
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
George Couros does an amazing job in this book of identifying how we should be teaching in our schools and what innovation looks like in classrooms. This is an inspiring read for any educator who wants to transform their teaching into a truly innovative experience.
Tony Keefer
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One that I imagine I will go back to frequently. Side note: first book I read on my phone. Interesting experience.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, nonfiction
I had the pleasure of seeing the author give a presentation. Very inspirational. He asks...would you like to be a student in your classroom? I want start innovating!
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Brett Martinez
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Innovator's Mindset was one, if not the, best education books I have ever read! This borders on required reading for anyone who is interested in education. All too often, today, "innovation" serves as simply a buzz word. It sounds great. Authors write books and basically say "if you do this, this and this, then you will be innovative." That misses the entire point. Couros basically says, " here are my ideas for how I am innovative. Hopefully, they will inspire you." He also challenges some b ...more
Rachel Norem
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
Everyone in the education field (either a freshman in college or a seasoned educator) should read this book! There are many good quotes and amazing ideas to be shared. #innovatorsmindset
Julie Suzanne
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This goes hand-in-hand with Sheninger's Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times, and is absolutely essential reading for ALL school administrator's, in my opinion. It's inspiring for teachers if you have a culture of trust already in your school, and perhaps teachers can begin to affect change with a change of mindset, but if your administrators do not have the same mindset and haven't established a culture of trust, teachers will feel even more frustrated reading this book. It ...more
Nina Keller
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Energizing and action-provoking must-read for educators and learners everywhere

Notes: George Couros The innovators’ mindset

Authentic participatory and relevant learning experiences for unique population
Role is to inspire in students to develop skills and mindsets of learners

Teacher as designer and facilitator should evolve with resources, experiences and the support of a community

Culture that empowers innovation for optimal learning for students

YouTube O2: Be more dog

Bill ferriter from Raleig
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best educational book I have read to date!! George will challenge your thinking as an educator and share his ideas of how having an Innovator's Mindset can transform your teaching and your students thinking. This will require for teachers to have an open, growth mindset and to think about that might look in your classrooms. Highly recommend to all those in education, leaders, tech specialists, superintendents, teachers of all age levels. I am a huge fan of all that George brings to education ...more
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