When I look back at my learning goals and think about mindset, I have come to realize that I have not always been of the growth mindset. I was inspired by one of my high school math teachers to not give up. I was a champion of “I can’t do this!” I was lucky that she never let me quit, she always had words of encouragement that led me to keep working. This is when I started to become a growth mindset learner. Her encouragement led me to never give up. I chose mathematics as my major because it was a challenge; it didn’t come easy for me. I got a thrill when I solved that particular problem that took days to complete. Perseverance became my “meat and potatoes” and still is today. Having the growth mindset is critical for today’s learners, because you must grow every day to keep up with the information and the changes in technology found in today’s world. As teachers we must practice what we preach in our own learning and show our students how to appreciate a good challenge. Everyone makes mistakes. Help students accept their own mistakes through modeling the desired behavior. Why not make a purposeful mistake, and model how to learn from the mistake for your students? If students see the teacher isn’t perfect, then they will not be self-critical when they aren’t perfect either. Just model the desired behavior by accepting there is an error, don’t give up, find the error, and correct it. Students watch teachers everyday, thus we have a significant impact on their outlook of learning.
My learning goals for this course also show that I don’t give up. When something isn’t working the way I want it to, I find another way to accomplish that goal. This is seen when I changed platforms for creating my blog/PLN to weebly.com from google. The fact that I recognize my strengths and weaknesses gives witness to the fact that I am of a growth mindset, however I have reworded my goals to ensure perseverance and continued growth.
1. I will consistently keep learning about new technology and how I can
implement this technology as an educator thus keeping my net-savvy.
2. I will create and maintain a PLN that is informative and useful to students
and other educators and avoid the filter bubble.
3. I will continue to gain peers, to share ideas, receive feedback, and to
share new technology that is useful in the classroom with the use of my PLN.
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Post # 5 Revisiting your personal learning goals with a focus on mindset, net-savviness, and diversity (the filter bubble)