Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher

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Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher

Don Wettrick has become a great friend over the last three months. I absolutely love what he is doing for the students he’s leading at Noblesville High School. It takes a dynamic and fearless leader to create and implement his idea for an Innovation factory within a high school. I love it!

Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

Don has lectured across the US and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network. Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher

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The Learning Leader Show

“Students Have The Arrogance Of Belief”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having a broader view of the journey leads to sustained excellence
  • Why Prince is the definition of “sustained excellence” to Don (**Note – This conversation was recorded prior to Prince tragically passing away)
  • How Don was inspired by Dan Pink’s TED Talk
  • The students have the arrogance of belief – it’s great
  • Learning can be a problem if the only destination is getting into college
  • The art of non-conformity
  • The heroes journey is life
  • Don wants adventure – “Too many people are busy watching someone else’s adventure and not doing it themselves”
  • The importance of “Just Asking…” And what it can lead to
  • Being a learning leader means you are embrace the failures and learn from them

“Don Wettrick has incorporated a range of creativity-generating concepts into his teaching and turned his classroom into an innovation factory.” – Dan Pink

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From The InnovationTeacher.com

Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

Don has lectured across the US and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network. Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

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