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#IMMOOC Building Conditions to Support Innovation

If you are new to my blog, I am taking part in an online course (IMMOOC) over the book, The Innovator’s Mindset.   This entry is my reflection on the reading and the answer to my blog question.

Assigned Blog Question:  How do you create or build on these conditions to support innovation? What has been the impact on those you serve?

This week’s blog challenge has helped cement my ideas on howfoundation a technology coach can help a teacher develop an Innovator’s Mindset.  As I ask teachers to take a risk, it is my job to take risks with them.

I really like the foundation graphic on the right,  creating meaningful learning experiences for educators really speaks to me.  Most of my day is spent in professional learning experiences.  Either simple training or more complex coaching.  These learning experiences help a teacher build their own road to innovation.

When our district first went 1:1, I made a sign for my office door. The sign said, “It is NOT about the device, it is about the learning” but I wonder if in my zeal to help teachers become more innovative, if I really practiced what I preached.

Relationships – Relationships – Relationships

If I want someone to take a leap, I have to be there to catch them if they need it. It is not about the device, it is about the people.  As those relationships grow, my role as a coach becomes more meaningful.

Also, when I look at relationships, I have to remember that it is important for me to stay networked. This includes my immediate work family, but also my PLN.  I’m very excited to go to ISTE this year to meet some of the other #IMMOOC members!

I have realized that it is not just the ideas that I might get, but the courage to step out and try something innovative.  I’m looking forward to going to ISTE and meeting some of these people face to face.

Later this week I’ll share my reflection on how an innovator’s mindset can affect students.

One of the fun things we did this week is to develop a MEME based on our learning for the week.  I really enjoyed making a Meme!



(Challenges for this week can be found here on the #IMMOOC Page)

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Innovation is not about the stuff! #IMMOOC

th This week in our #IMMOOC  study  of the book, The Innovators Mindset, we were encouraged to reflect on critical questions for educators in Chapter Two.  As I started looking at the question it reminded me of a grad school project on my perfect school.    I pulled out that old “perfect” school, and found that my new perfect school was focused more on the staff  then the stuff.

Questions that resonate with me focus on recognizing the student’s passion and assuring that we’re focusing on the needs of each student.  Having a staff that focuses on what each student needs at that moment and what each student is passionate about is my perfect school.  In my perfect school students will create, innovate, fill safe to try, realize that if they falter the first time, they can try again. To be able to assure that students have all these things we need to make sure our teachers are resilient and have the grit to keep trying new things, realize that they must think about the students’ needs and not their teaching style.  We need innovative educational facilitators.


I want teachers who are leaders, willing to take a risk and do things that allow students to think and create.

Essentially, my new perfect school is very people focused.  Of course I want a great facility that supports innovation.  WIFI that never goes down – great computers – a world class library with databases filled to meet all student needs – flexible seating options -a performing art center –  a music wing – an art wing that celebrate the arts  – Science and Math labs that allow for creativity -an Agriculture Wing that grows the food our students eat at school everyday – engineering and robotics classrooms  – a culinary arts lab that will provide our school lunches – an AV program that creates news for our school and reports on the local news stations – A CTE program that provides students options for the future  –   a state of the art Makerspace and each student will go home with a computer and WIFI accessible to them at home.

As cool as all that “stuff” sounds – innovative educators are paramount!

8 Characteristics of The Innovator’s Mindset