I'm currently reading The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros, a book which you will regularly see me reference. I was fortunate to get to hear him speak as the 2014 MACUL conference Keynote Speaker. What an inspiration. I consider myself on the intro/extrovert fence...especially when in a venue such as COBO Hall filled with thousands of educators and innovators with imaginations far more developed than mine. I walked up to George to introduce myself. I had no idea what to say, and I'm pretty sure I didn't say anything of substance...but I knew that I had to connect with him somehow.
Lucky for me, it wasn't my last encounter with the Canadian - obvious within his first few words! My district had snatched an opportunity to invite him to speak to a small group of teachers and administrators at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. It was a highly-motivating day and a great way to kick-off a new year. It was the day of my first video reflection on Twitter - talk about "put yourself out there!" We were also gifted a copy of his book and it's been an ongoing adventure since then!
After missing "Season 1" of the Innovator's Mindset Massive Open Online Course (IMMOOC), I am here for Season 2! In a culture of Social Media...why not use it to our advantage!? Twitter has become a global resource for communicating with educators and sharing ideas with the most inspirational people. #IMMOOC is a space for learning and growing with others in the field of innovation, technology and learning and to reflect on that learning.
As George says, "Taking risks is moving from the Known to the Unknown in the pursuit of 'BETTER'." This is me...taking a risk-putting my thinking out there for others to question and support. Join me on my journey...to th'UNKNOWN!