I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I learn and how our students learn. I know that when I go away from a conversation or meeting with all of the things students aren’t able to do in my mind, I’m feeling down and unmotivated. I began to think about that in relation to our students. When we constantly focus on what they aren’t able to do or things they have done “wrong”, then they most likely feel the same way. I knew I had to consciously shift my own thinking, because my feelings were a direct result of my mindset. I realized that when we as teachers focus on a deficit model of teaching and learning, we are not only doing a disservice to our students, but also to ourselves. I know I need to take ownership of my thinking and choices at any given moment, and look forward instead of looking back.
And I choose to focus on the joy of learning. (more…)