Archive for December 30, 2014

Growth Mindset, #SAVMP for December

This months’ School Administrator Virtual Mentor Program blogging/discussion prompt is on Growth Mindset.


Image from Lakeside Connect

I feel that I have always had a Growth Mindset by nature, which I credit for having the drive to learn how to do many different things and have a hard-working ethic.  It was only once I read the book Mindset by Dweck that I fully understood this mindset and the incredible impact it has on students, educators and everyone.

After I read the book I shared my reflections with my staff in these posts:

Knowing what I know now about growth vs fixed mindset has impacted me in so many ways: as an individual, as a parent and as a leader. It helps me to realize that, at times, I do have a fixed mindset and need to change my thinking. It has helped me change the way I give feedback to my children, students and staff. I have also seen students who had struggled for years make a complete 180 change when their teacher took time to discuss mindset with their class and have individual conversations about mindset.

As a school leader, I feel it is essential for myself to have a growth mindset:

  • I get into classrooms and give feedback with a coaching hat (vs evaluative).
  • I admit when I don’t know about or how to do something and seek to learn more/how.
  • I don’t hammer down on mistakes made (unless they affect student safety or are ethically wrong), rather I focus on growing from the mistake.
  • I share with staff what I am reading (in my email signatures and staff blog) and what I am learning.

I also cannot help but make the connection between the concept of growth mindset and the new qualification criteria for a Specific Learning Disability/Response to Intervention process…time and time again we are finding that when students are given intensive intervention and frequently progress monitored, most students do make growth.

How do you lead with a growth mindset? I can never get enough of reading about Growth Mindset and how to share it with staff, students and parents and look forward to reading more posts.

Jennifer Kloczko wrote a great post that is filled with video clips to help promote Growth Mindset HERE.

Blog Review of 2014

Stock image used here with Creative Commons license.

Stock image used with Creative Commons license.

While working on another writing endeavor, my blog posts have been quite minimal this year. While I have down time during Christmas vacation I have been enjoying family time and relaxation along with catching up on some reading and reflecting on myself as a leader. During this reflection I enjoy reading through my posts to review my reflection and goals.

During 2014, here are my most popular posts this year (with #1 having the most “clicks”):

10. A Principal’s Principle: Patience

9. Principal 2.0 

8. Learn How to be a Digital Leader

7. Getting to Inbox Zero

6. Plans to “Sharpen the Saw” this Summer

5. Under Pressure

4. Digital Student Portfolios

3. The Miracle Morning

2. Identifying Fake Readers

1. Principals are People Too

As I review/reflect on 2014 I also enjoy running my blog site through wordle to create a word cloud that makes the words used more often larger than the other less-used words. I got the idea from Tia Henriksen in this post to use it as a way to reflect on what you are blogging about to make sure you are focusing on what is most important to you. In reviewing my wordle below I can see that school, students, classrooms, connect, mindset and email standing out more than the others. I am surprised in reviewing this that LEARNING is not emphasized more and is something for me to keep in mind as I move forward into 2015.