Imagine that if every time you talked about the ability to write with a pencil, you only focused on telling the kids not to stab one another with the tool. What would you really inspire in your students?
Think about that...in everything you do - you have a choice. You can focus on the positive or negative. The choice you make impacts the outcome of what you are doing. Your mindset determines the success - or failure. I am a firm believer in the power of positive.
I've started the book, The Innovator's Mindset. As part of the #IMMOOC, book study, PLN, I will be documenting thoughts and reflections on my reading. So far, I am finding that some of my blog posts align quite nicely with the overarching theme of this book.
Innovation is the key to making a change in education. Innovation is not a term limited to describing those in positions of power in a school or district. It is a mindset that must be pervasive to be fruitful. I see it in so many teachers and I'm witnessing what this shift in thinking can do for students. It's an journey that has no end, nonetheless I am thrilled to be a part of it.
Define where you are, where you need to go, and how to get there. By the way, you will never "arrive."
As I watched the first YouTube Live session, The main thing I took away was: Embrace change. Change is an opportunity to grow. It is an opportunity to be amazing. So often in education, things happen because they are easier for adults, not what's best for the kids.
As Dave Burgess, Katie Martin, and George Couros talked about this, I immediately thought of schools in our district who have really embraced change lately. I am seeing amazing things happening among the teachers at these schools...and the kids are the winners! I'm working hard to continue this momentum. I believe that enthusiasm is contagious...let's make it an epidemic! #leadup