I wanted to participate in IMMOOC last year, but had just moved to a new state and wasn’t teaching. I began reading Innovator’s Mindset, as the district I had left was reading it. I believe George Couros was even the Keynote at convocation. However, as I began I just wanted to be in the classroom so badly, so I but the book down.
Here I am, about a year and half later, in a new country and school, ready for some professional learning. Innovating inside the box has become my daily mantra. What small changes can I make in my classroom with and for my students? What small changes in teacher mindset might I encourage through sharing and questioning?
There are so many things I want to happen moving forward. I want to run. However, I must remind myself that not everyone is where I am. I need to continue to form meaningful relationships with the people I work with to better understand their strengths and underlying beliefs. In a couple of weeks I will be leading a team discussion about how we think our units fit a criteria. As I think about how to present and lead this discussion, I am nervous to hear phrases such as “sure we do this great already”, “I don’t have time to teach like this”, “we’ve tried this before”.
I will continue to move my students forward, to be question/problem finders and solvers. I will continue to look for ways to connect their learning to the real world and make a difference in the world they live in. I will continue to carefully craft conversations with them, my teammates and my administration. I will remind myself that baby steps forward are still steps forward.
In the end, we are all the very best that we can. I hope to help myself and others realize areas we can grow in so our best gets better.