How to Embrace an Open Culture in Your Classroom

Learning and Sharing Can Spread from Teacher to Teacher with George Couros

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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As a teacher, there is nothing worse than irrelevant, impractical and (dare I say it?) boring professional development. In fact, I learn more from other teachers both in my school and online than I have from most professional development. This type of learning is called an open culture of learning and George Couros, author of the Innovator’s Mindset, shares how it works.

Welcome to episode 300 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Courosand I discuss how to bring teachers and schools into an open culture of learning and teacher improvement. Check out the full series.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is the definition of open culture and learning?
  • How does open culture relate to teacher professional development?
  • What are some ideas for creating a more open culture in your school?
  • What is the impact of trying to keep your school as a closed culture?

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About Us

George Couros is joining us for a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 8 of the series. See the full series here

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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How to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

The 8th Innovator’s Mindset with George Couros

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Students often look at the teacher and ask, “why is this important?” Students wonder what a subject means! George Couros talks about how to make learning meaningful in our classroom. When he says that innovative classrooms have less classroom management issues, I’ve found this to be true!

Welcome to episode 299 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Courosand I discuss how to make meaningful learning experiences. This is the eighth aspect of the Innovator’s mindset. Check out the full series.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How can we make more meaningful learning experiences for teachers?
  • Can innovation experiences improve classroom management?
  • How can we make time for innovation in the curriculum?

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About Us

George Couros is joining us for a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 8 of the series. See the full series here

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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