Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Dip

Let's play a game of "Have You Ever"! Have you ever been teaching something to your students and inadvertently learned something yourself? Well, it happened to me just the other day (I'm sure it's not the only time). My class was watching the final episodes of the ClassDojo Growth Mindset Series when I encountered one of those "Aha" moments. By the way, if you have not seen the video series, be sure to check them out. Even if you are not a ClassDojo member, they are available on YouTube. Now, back to my story: This Blog Is Why I dedicate my future success to ClassDojo, Katie, Mojo, and The Dip (And I cannot forget about my personal life coach/consultant)!

This post almost went in a completely different direction. The title would be something like "Rejection". The people in my 'real' life know that my desire is to advance my career and move to the next level. That of course means countless hours with applications, resume updates, interviews, etc. During the process, it gets difficult when rejection letters come in the mail, the phone doesn't ring, or it does ring with the news that "we have decided to go with another candidate". Just like Katie, I was accustomed to reaching my goals more easily. Not reaching the desired outcome can take its toll. Especially when you put in so much hard work. The Dip.

And like a bolt of lightning, the words in Episode 3--"The Big Show"--hit me like a jolt. Wow! Here was Mojomas Edison celebrating his failures. Those failures were key for him to learn new ways to improve. And the kicker: "The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time." Now these ideas were not new to me, but the idea of enjoying my moment in The Dip---yes, that was new. I started thinking about all of the great people that I have met, just because I'm in this Dip. I accomplished things in The Dip that I may not have attempted otherwise. Because of The Dip,  I am reflecting and improving. And everyone goes through The Dip at one time or another. So, of course, I cannot give up. I must try one more time.

Not only am I learning, but so are my students. I am impressed with the conversations that they have as a result of learning more about growth mindset through the video series. Below I will share some statements from my 1st graders after watching the final episode:
Translation: "It doesn't matter if you are in the dip. You just got to keep learning!"

Translation: "[But] you got to think so you can get out of the dip. Do it again to get better."

Translation: "Well she (Katie) learned that she needs to think more and reflect more. Well she learned that keep trying until you get it right."

Yes, my kiddos are amazing! I could be biased. What do you think?

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