As part of our blended professional learning innovation, each module will feature a video story or audio podcast that will focus on a growth mindset and the message of "Yet" for that topic. We will do this by sharing inspirational videos of exemplar learning environments and teacher/student interviews that reinforce the message of working at a goal and overcoming obstacles (physical, mental, structural, and social) to achieve those goals. We will also use the Digital Learning and Leading Today podcasts. I am looking forward to using that content to help promote a growth mindset. I have purposefully put in reflection questions in each episode for listeners and would like to see a community grow from that. These podcasts will also become a part of the content that participants access during the blended professional learning innovation plan we may use it for some of the online discussions. For each of those we will include an online discussion, where they address the first two steps in the 4 Steps to Changing Your Mindset: Learn to hear your fixed mindset voice and recognize that you have a choice. Here is the next episode of the Digital Learning and Leading Today podcast that includes a student interview and a samples of the kinds of reflection questions that address the growth mindset.
This course on Creating Significant Learning Environments gave me the opportunity apply a growth mindset when it comes to designing learning experiences. It allowed me to dig deep to discover my very own learning philosophy and support those with other learning theories-which I knew little but not a lot. Most of all it helped me to realize the need to consistently encourage learning (be it formal or informal) and growing in our ever-changing field of education so that we can prepare our students to not only succeed on standardized tests but also in life. It's also a reminder to me of a very important word when it comes to learning, mastery, and change- Yet. We must keep learning and growing even when we are not there yet!