For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.
I have not been a big fan of long emails, and to me, anything over two paragraphs is long. So, when my inbox is viewed, it is scanned, not read. Anyway, I read an email about some of the goals the administration wanted the faculty to set and reach this school year. The reason I began keeping this blog was one of the objectives. I liked the idea, but because I didn’t read the entire email, or either I interpreted the way I wanted to hear it. Either way, the email stated that the journal writing should focus on a book that was being read in individual book studies. The book is called Mindset by Carol Dweck.
So, this new found knowledge kind of throws a “kink” into my plans of keeping a daily journal of my school day. Well, kind of …. I am still going to write about each day, as well as other topics I feel of interest. It’s not that I’m against reading the book, matter of fact, it was read over the summer in about a week … being a fan of audio books really made it easier. The book was good … it is about people growing as individuals and expanding their ability to learn from everything and everyone …. goals are important, but it’s more important to shape yourself, company, or students on general goals of work ethics instead of defined goals such as a “letter grade” or a “win / lose” mentality …. a GROWTH MINDSET of a FIX MINDSET. Others may have a different opinion, but they can write their own blog about the book.
The obstacle I’m facing is that my entire life has been driven by my GROWTH MINDSET. I am constantly reflecting and growing as an individual. This was not taught by anyone person, but more from my experiences and my personality. It would be great to keep a journal on this topic, but writing about my educational experiences seems a little more intriguing to me … I don’t know, maybe it will still be a subliminal writing experience that pulls out my GROWTH MINDSET in each post. Who knows?!
Either way, the point of this post, which I thought started out in a good direction, is the fact that I misread my email. I read it in terms of what I wanted to hear as a person. This happens all the time. Individuals read or interpret to fit their own individual needs. Not sure if this will ever be fixed, but I don’t know my plan is to read all of my emails a little more carefully.