Progress is being made daily and I attribute it to the Digital Leading and Learning course as I have really been immersed in the growth mindset and COVA method. My passion and nerdy excitement for learning has allowed me to reel the students then plant seeds of success within in them as they learn to love learning. 🙂
My students are starting to not only explore on their own but using “I’ll try” instead of “I don’t know” or “I can’t”. It’s very refreshing and beautiful to hear and see what they can authentically produce on their own. I’m really a math nerd so it’s very exciting to me when the students can connect to the content in their own way and see value as I do. I was starting to lose my passion for teaching which I chose to do and thanks to this course I can see that I have the power of “yet” to continue to share my passion and possibilities with more students and staff. It’s not time for me to jump ship just yet. 🙂
I am trying to lead my organization away from giving generic directives that are usually presented with an inspirational motto and a beautiful prospectus at the beginning of each school year.
Teach to reach every student! (empty motto number 1,272 and counting)
However, by the end of the semester it’s clear that plans weren’t followed and it’s too late to start because testing season is now priority number one. The previous year’s test scores were not where they wanted them to be for various reasons. There was one year where the staff was actually told at the beginning of the year that it was about the school and not about the students. This statement literally broke my spirit and heart.
I starting thinking then that it was either time to leave or lead. My introduction to the growth mindset ignited a spark that is helping me to aim for leading and I’m learning from the new wins along the way.