Monday, October 22, 2018

COMPELLED: Week 7 - Self-Growth

Maybe you've heard educators talk about learning and time like this: "We must make learning the constant and time the variable," OR "It doesn't matter when a student learns something, but that they DO learn." 

Have you ever heard similar versions of those quotes? 

I think the same thing is true for us... for dedicated, professional, positive, thoughtful, compelled educators. There is no time limit on learning and self-growth. There is no buzzer that will go off and let you know that your time is up and that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." Personal development and self-growth is a life-long process, filled with risk-taking, missteps, and learning. No matter where you are on your educator journey, there is always an opportunity for growth.

Three principles to self-growth:

1. It takes a specific mindset.
Choose a growth mindset, knowing that skills and knowledge are not fixed. Also, be positive and approach challenges with a positive attitude will lead to greater growth. 
2. Be willing to face your fears.
We can be limited by what we believe to be true about ourselves as we put ceilings on our capabilities. When we are willing to step outside our comfort zones, we can redefine our view of ourselves and what we are capable of. 
3. Align your values and your practice.
For greatest self-growth, it's important to know your beliefs and values in order to know what kind of life you want to lead and what kind of legacy you want to leave. This moral compass will help you focus on areas of self-growth that will support alignment between your actions and your beliefs.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we commit to learning and growth as an educator we are making a commitment to success for our students, because our WHY should include students as well as ourselves. How are you growing as an educator?

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