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  1. I always value your blog posts, George, as I did the opportunity to participate, twice in your IMMOOC. But this particular post is such a foundational piece associated with ANY effort to enhance students’ Effective Learning. I too applaud the actions of the principal.

  2. Desiree Finestone

    George, like how you mentioned “it’s all about the mindset not the skill set”.

    It’s about the power of passion – resilience- the grit!

    I have often asked dynamic retired educators “When do you know it’s time to move on?” My dear and trusted friend answered simply: “You will know.”

    I know I will know when the resilience – the grit – the passion to learn the never ending changes in education no longer excite, motivate and inspire me.

  3. Charles Martin

    Professional growth is not an event, it is an attitude. My biggest fear is to get to a point where I feel like I have nothing more to learn. Complacency is the enemy of progress. I find that too often in education we talk and talk and talk… I am always inspired by people that walk the talk, by people that are willing to try new things and get out of their comfort zone. Our educational system is too often stuck in the past. “We’ve always done it that way” is simply not an acceptable answer. Each one of us must play our part in being the change that we want to see in education. Kids deserve it.

  4. Kadange V. Mvula

    George, indeed as educators especially leaders in the field of education, we should always be ready to learn and change as the world keeps on changing, lest we become irrelevant in the eyes of people we are to help impart positive social change.

  5. Kadange V. Mvula

    George, my family and I have liked the three cartoons on the topic as they summarise the reality on the ground whereby people what change to happen but are not themselves prepared to change and lead the change. This calls for a lot of education on the need for people to lead and accept change for it to be sustained.

  6. Ava

    ‪The passion of a leader is the fuel that empowers and transports an organization from any pivotal point of development to a masterplanned professional learning community. The vision isn’t a limited focus on right now… the immediate, but purposely designed to impact the the efforts of today, tomorrow. This vision coupled with hard work will transcend skillfully and masterfully develop a culture that is not only highly sought after, but replicated… with constant innovative ideas that refuels the bus and keeps it running. Leadership is not only visionary. It encompasses the ability to develop the potential of an organization through the use of building capacity and making use of your human capital with a purpose. Leadership is also the confident mindset to skillfully empower and relinquish them to be that same fuel that delivers the highest level of expectations that precisely develops platforms where many other ‬
    ‪master-planned professional learning communities are crafted under their leadership. The passion, fuel, of great leaders who are not afraid of being “uncomfortable”and “embrace” the climb understand where the growth begins. Make your leadership a habit of contagious success. ‬

  7. I am relatively fresh as an educator and in a conversation with the Head of EAL last year she told me she was stepping down to take on another role in the school. I was surprised because I thought/think she was wonderful in her role and asked why, she replied that she believed HODs should only be in the role for five years so fresh blood could come in and improve what was there. I was so inspired by this selfless approach and it stays with me.
    Being aware of a ‘date of expiry’ while the organisation is moving forward and not realising after the fact. Drawing inspiration and motivation from new challenges and learning!
    Great post George.

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