Dec 14, 2022
George Couros is an Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant and speaker and the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and “Innovate Inside the Box”. In 2013, George gave a TEDx talk about Innovative Teaching and Learning.
George has worked at all school levels, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
George believes in creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders to help meet the best needs of all children. George is a father of two children and is driven to ensure all students have an amazing experience in their K-12 schooling.
By being curious, collaborative, and open to new learning, George thinks we can truly inspire our students to not only be prepared for the real world but ensure that they make the world better than it is now.
In this podcast episode, George talks about what inspired him to become a teaching, learning, and leadership consultant which lead to the outcome of a best-selling author. George then gives a better understanding of what an innovator’s mindset is and isn’t. He then provides one characteristic of an innovator’s mindset and shares an example of an innovative hero.
As children are naturally curious, George explains how we can respond to a child’s natural curiosity and help empower them to wonder, explore and become forward-thinking leaders. As the traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum, George explains how we can do a better job at fostering innovation, encouraging critical thinking, and inspiring creativity.
George believes that innovation first starts with mindset and not skillset. He explains how someone can develop a growth mindset to inspire the ability, motivation, and attitude to unleash hidden talents. Also, George believes in the importance of asking quality-based questions. He shares some writing prompts or critical questions that we can ask ourselves so we can become more innovative. Lastly, George provides his definition of greatness and what it means to him.
Host: Ben Mumme
Guest: George Couros
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