I am an interesting character when it comes to CHANGE. In my personal life I am the type of person who you are likely to be found cowering under the table (with my head firmly buried in the sand) hoping that the Chhhhhhange will just disappear if I avoid it. However, in my professional life, I am riding the 20ft wave of change and transformation. Now this is something that has puzzled me for many years and I think that I may have finally stumbled across the reason why- it all comes down to purpose and vision. In education, I truly believe in need for change and making things better for all learners. This means that I am willing to take calculated risks, tinker and hack to make this happen and install this into the learners I work with. In my personal life, I can get definitely stuck in the fixed mindset- I like my life, I kind of feel 'why rock the boat' and as my husband reminds me, I am rather stubborn!! This is something that I challenge myself with regularly.
This got me thinking about mindsets, the need for these to be involved and the power of the mindset in transformation in education. There is a lot of change currently happening, most of which is exciting and positive and there are also a lot of people who are not quite ready to take a leap of faith and go with it. As I completed a Coursera course with Match education, I was introduce to the 4 horsemen of fixed mindset. Now, yes this course was about coaching for sustainable change but I believe that the concept can be applied to all elements of teaching. So, without further ado, my I introduce you to the 4 horsemen of fixed mindset:
Now, I know that you can put a name to each one of these horsemen and quite possibly you will have seen elements of them within yourself. The question then must be, what we can do about it. Well, the reassuring thing is that facing the facts and admitting it is the first step (apologises for sounding a bit like an AA meeting at this point- sometimes we do need to turn the finger inwards to truly embrace change).
Once you can identify 'the horseman' that is blocking the path to change, then you can do something about it. Carol Dweck's book on mindset is an awesome read and provides a great deal of suggestions of harnessing your growth mindset in different situations. Well worth a read!
However, for now, here are some suggestions:
So my challenge to you, is give it a go. Find out what is happening out there is the world of Education, believe me there are some amazing things happening. Join the train and avoid being left behind at the stations!
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