What is my “why?” Many people have asked me- “why are you getting your masters?” Some think it is so I can teach older grades. I tell them that it could take me to other opportunities that might not happen without a masters (maybe a Technology Learning Coach or something else.) Really, I just love to learn! I love to collaborate with other teachers and see how they use things in their class. It has been wonderful to start this masters right before school starting, so I can start the school with all of these ideas that we have been reading and discussing about.
This week has been our staff development week. Our district is having a soft roll out in something called The Learning Model (kind of like “Engage to Learn.”) (Actually, as an Applied Learning School, we are already doing most of the concepts in the model, but they did have Growth mindset on the top of the page!) There was a portion yesterday that I was blowing my mind and I needed to go home and think. That was good because with today’s training on that model and the new “curriculum,” I had a better perspective. Also, yesterday morning, the admin had us pick one word (Jon Gordon) and I decided to pick the word “YET.” I am kind of afraid of blogging, because I have never been a very good writer. I know that with practice, I will get better.
I want my ePortfolio to look and feel like me (ownership.) There will be different ways that I do each of the assignments and I will get to choose it. I really think that this ePortfolio will make me always think of more ways to challenge myself (another reason for “why.”)
I have learn so much over these last 5 weeks. It makes me so giddy! Actually, I love trainings, and I feel like this is just an extra long training. But really, I feel like I have an extra thing that I am teaching my students and that is Growth Mindset. I want the students to have the confidence to talk to their peers and me and tell us when they need extra time or even to ask for harder things. I want them to take ownership of their learning too!