The first few steps towards awesome: teachers showing their growth mindsets


Amidst my journey of trying inspire my students to get closer to having a growth mindset, it actually didn’t even occur to me that it is also valuable to help inspire my fellow teachers to join in on the growth mindset bandwagon.

The last project tuning protocol on April 2nd, while it wasn’t geared towards growth mindset intentionally, it was actually all about growth mindsets at the end of the day.

Beth Nichols shared her action plan and her current progress. It was obvious to me that Beth is a teacher who embodies the very essence of growth: being open to feedback and being so excited to get better, change, and improve was what was fuelling Beth!

But then it was also the other participants that blew me away. Being surprised by how much they took away for their own practices is always a happy side-effect of participating in a protocol. Brent Hurley said something to tune of: I was tired and hesitant to participate, but I’m so happy I did…I learned so much. I’m paraphrasing (watch the vid to get the actual quote) here, but the general run down is that watching people be so excited to learn was like a breath of fresh air.

Sometimes you have be vulnerable to take that first step towards growth! Thank goodness we have such great, supportive fellow Cohortees around to help hold hands during those shaky steps towards awesome.



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One comment on “The first few steps towards awesome: teachers showing their growth mindsets

  1. Celeste,

    What a great archive! “Embrace the awkwardness”, “Cool Feedback”. I love it! I am one of those teachers that believes the longer the awkward pause, the better the answers will be once people start to engage. Certainly, this was the case here. What a great group of educators to have in this focused exercise. @bethnichols demonstrated great courage to put herself out there too. Great comments from @brenthurley on feedback, and from @ddoucet on the role of blogs too!

    Thanks for making these great experiences possible!

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