The Educational Profession, as a whole, is at times a lonely profession. We come to work everyday with lesson plans in our heads, a growing to-do list, and a sense that we can never quite get ahead. So much of our planning is internal, debating an activity, researching a strategy, questioning an event from yesterday, or even weighing options for a problem. We wrestle inside with issues, celebrate our successes, and search for answers with very little substantial day-to-day input from others. We may work in a building surrounded by many other professionals, but, traditionally, educators, especially those new to the profession, sometimes feel alone Often a lack of time, opportunity, or relationship causes us to live on an island of ourselves. Quick conversations in the hallway between periods rarely add up to substantial connection. Fear of seeming anything less than perfect, hinders some from asking for help. Formal meetings don’t allow an organic relationship to develop. We work through problems. We make decisions. We question. We succeed. Basically, alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Down the hall. On the other side of town. In the next city over. Across the state. Across the region. Across the country. There is an educator, who, just like you, is passionate about bettering the lives of their students. Empowered with curiosity and creativity. Hungry to learn. Hoping to surround themselves with positive, inspiring, energetic, supportive professionals. This is could be your dream team.
The world today is a connected world. Social media tools, such as, Twitter, Voxer, Facebook, or blogging platforms are a valuable link in the search for that connection. Collaboration between schools, communities, and even states is stronger than ever before. How can you resist connecting with someone who shares your goals, your day to day struggles, or even your sense of humor? It’s time for educators to find and surround ourselves with a group of people who will strengthen, not diminish, the superpowers that we already have. It’s time to find your dream team! Join us in this week’s #EdChatRI as we discuss the importance of collaboration between the professionals of our state. Let’s better the lives of our students, by strengthening the relationship with each other. Inspire and be inspired. We are all in this together.
This week on #Edchatri (Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.) please join us as we discuss “Creating a Growth Mindset Culture in Schools.” Guest Moderator is Louise Seitsinger, Principal, Tiogue Elementary School, in Coventry and the 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year.
What is Mindset?
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. In decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
In this #edchatri discussion we will discuss the basic research including fixed versus growth mindset, process praise, feedback, and how we learn through failure. How can we teach our staff and students to persevere as they set professional and learning goals for themselves? How does this research support our students with the skills they need to succeed not only in school but in life.
Here are some related links we will also be sharing through the conversation:
We will also be sharing some examples of how this research is being used in schools and classrooms. How are you or teachers in your school applying this research to support themselves and students? Hope you can join in the conversation this Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. on #edchatri.
Don Miller -