self-reflection

I’m on board and in flight.

Here I am, embarking on an adventure. One that is sure to take me to a place I never thought I’d travel. One that will challenge me to the point of pure growth. One to discover uncharted territories, to an unknown destination. This is what propels me forward.

Although I’m not sure who will read my posts or how often I will publish, I believe blogging will prove to be the best way for me to gather my thoughts in one place to witness my growth as a learner/a teacher. People who share my beliefs in what education should be and how we are making it so, will understand why I use the word learner. After reading The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, I came to realize that blogging would be a great medium to express and document my thought process and deepen my own learning, while sharing it with others who think alike. By writing for an authentic audience, we deepen our thoughts and ideas and bring self-reflection to a whole new level. By reading other blogs, I’ve learned greatly and have become inspired. I’ve become empowered to try new things and to take risks…. blogging included!

Before I delve into my thoughts and write my next posts, allow me to present myself and give you a sense of who I am and why I’m doing this! I am married to the person I was meant to be with. He listens to my crazy ideas, loves my enthusiasm when I share something I’m truly passionate about, and allows me to be me. Together, we have three children who make us want to be better and do better. Although being a mom is what I love, I was a teacher first. This year, I am responsible for facilitating learning for my 15 first graders. These 6 year olds keep me on my toes and I constantly question and think about how we are learning and what we are learning to ensure we are becoming the best version of ourselves, while being efficient in doing so. Self-efficacy is one of my great interests and happens to be the subject of my research paper as I complete my Masters in Education.

As I start blogging, I’m excited to put my I.D.E.A.S  on paper. In the many books I’ve read in the past year, I find acronyms to be quite popular. I’ve always loved mnemonic techniques to better remember information. I.D.E.A.S in elementary stands for Innovation.Discovery. Empowerment. Achievement and Self-Reflection. I believe learning should be innovative. As George Couros says, “innovation is a way of thinking that creates something new and better” (p.19). I believe students and adults should learn and discover new ideas and information about things they are truly passionate about. I also think that students need to be empowered and have a voice as to what they are learning and share their learning with others. Although there are set backs to learning and failure is a part of the process, achievement is important in my classroom because when students stretch themselves and try again after failing to succeed, they achieve a sense of pride and success like to other. These achievements are celebrated because they have worked so hard to get to where they are. Last but not least, self-reflection is an essential part of growth. As George Couros cited John Dewey in The Innovator’s Mindset, “We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience” (p.112). I couldn’t agree more.

I believe learning should envelop other qualities too, such as creativity and collaboration. These are among those that resonate with me to the core of my physical being. I know I’ll get to these in later posts, but in the meantime, thank you for baring with me and being patient as I learn to use this new tool that will allow me to have my thoughts (mostly) in one place. Even though I am organized, I look forward to having all of my notes and reflections here, rather than on sticky notes, in margins of books and in journals.  I am grateful for the visual memory I’ve been given that allows to me remember where I saw it, when I read it and where it was on the page! I can’t wait to see where blogging  will take me both personally and professionally. Thanks for joining me while I share my stories and my thoughts on education.

Learning together to grow together. Lets do this!

Nycol