Inside the Box – #IMMOOC



Yesterday, George Couros posted “3 More Critical Questions for the Innovative Educator”  The second question, “How can we be innovative given the constraints that we have to work within?” resonated with me and reminded me of my reading from this summer.

I’m a digital learning coach for an organization that services over 100 schools districts. Recently, we have reorganized to better serve our district.  I believe in the change, and the purpose behind the change.  But, as a part of the change, several processes and procedures have come down the pike that are making me feel boxed in, constrained.

George’s question reminded me of one of my favorite lines from  Launch by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani :


So, I’m reminded that it is time to “Think Inside the Box.  Yes, things are changing, and some of those changes might not even be for the best. But, I can still innovate. I can do something new, something better for kids.  Even this “change is an opportunity to do something amazing.”


So, what will I do, you ask?  Well, I don’t know yet.  These are ideas:

  • Get to know people in my new work area.  Learn from them.  Honor their genius by posting their nuggets of wisdom? Invite them to #IMMOOC.
  • Set up a professional Instagram account to reach out and learn, to be where our students are, where are young teachers are.
  • Create some micro-learning units that we can share with districts and use with our coaching?

Join me on the Journey! – #IMMOOC

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-6-32-29-pmFor the next several weeks, I’ll be participating in The Innovator’s Mindset MOOC.  We’ll be reading the book, connecting with others, and I will be posting reflections here. I’ve tried blogs and failed before.  My hope is that this will help me develop a habit of posting reflections regularly. Would you keep me accountable?

Will you join me on the journey?
Here’s how to get started.

This first week, we’re focusing on the Introduction to the book.  Watch the YouTube with Dave Burgess and see this week’s challenges here.