Grow Yourself!

New year, new you! How will you grow yourself personally and professionally this year?  Our #wyasdpride chat for the month of January focused on growth mindset. I found the conversation very engaging and it encouraged me to reflect on exactly what my defintion of growth mindset is. I came up with the follow:

growthmindset definition

I feel its important to model for our students as often as possible, so if we want our students to stretch, go outside of their comfort zones, and grow themselves academically and personally, how are we modeling that growth ourselves?  Are we trying new methodologies, implementing new technologies, or exploring how to grow our professional learning network beyond the brick and mortar of our hallowed school halls?

If you are interested in extending that professional learning network (PLN), I encourage you to look no farther than Twitter. There is a lovely list put together by Jerry Blumengartner, aka cybraryman of Twitter chats solely for educators. I encourage you to check it out. Be you a physical education teacher, a FACS teacher, a math teacher, or an administrator, etc there is a chat held weekly, monthly, or at any conceivable interval for you.

New to Twitter, and nervous about chats? Why not start small. If you are a K-12 educator or administrator in our district, you are most welcomed to join us once a month for our #WYASDpride chat.  This chat was started by Courtney Henry and myself this summer when it was required by Courtney’s graduate class for Eduspire.  This chat is a small chat, held once a month that allows educators from West York to celebrate what they are doing in their classrooms and their thoughts and feelings about new educational initiatives and ideas. We all like to share and collaborate, and now we can do it from the comfort of our homes in our PJs!  Our next chat will be hosted by the lovely Yvette Ganoe on:

Feb Twitter Chat

We hope to have a few more dedicated Bulldog faculty and admin join us for this chat. Follow Yvette on Twitter to see what our chat topic will be for February. Better yet, follow ALL of our WY Tweeters! Here is a list of the WY Tweeters I follow. Feel free to join Twitter and subscribe to this list.  If you have any questions about Twitter, Twitter Chats, or growing your PLN, please contact your local technology coach and ask them. It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!


About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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2 Responses to Grow Yourself!

  1. I love Twitter chats, but I so rarely am available at the exact time. I’ve really started to enjoy slow chats though where you can pop in anytime throughout the day/week and join the conversation on a given topic. Thanks for promoting this! Our tweeter in chief gives Twitter a bad name right now 🙂

    • I really did start small attending just one group chat a month. However when I find myself stuck in a doctor’s office with time not my own, I now pull up the Twitter for Education chat calendar created by @cybraryman and I find one I am intrigued by. My PLN has really grown and I learn so much.

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