A Work in Progress

My Learning Manifesto

One of the challenges I faced in the first few weeks of my MEd in Digital Leading and Learning program was to develop a Learning Manifesto. Anybody who knows me well, knows this assignment would make me struggle. There are so many experiences and beliefs that could be incorporated that it would be hard to narrow down to a specific philosophy.

Then I remembered my lessons in the growth mindset.

I realize it is okay to write my current beliefs, knowing that they will change over time. They SHOULD change over time.  As I learn more from my studies, from my peers, from my students, I would hope my thoughts become more refined.  So as of mid-August, 2018, I have a Learning Manifesto!

My Learning Manifesto

Growth Mindset

The first thing we learned about in this program was the concept of growth mindset.  We read the Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.  It was an eye-opener for most of us in the course.  Many of us had heard the terms growth and fixed mindset.  Some of us thought we even knew what they meant.  We found through readings, discussions, and videos that it is such an important part of how and why learners respond the way we do.  As a learner, and as a teacher, I will be reading and rereading this book many times!  We used our new information to develop our own Growth Mindset Plan.

My Growth Mindset Plan

Learning Again

After many years out of school, I decided that it was time for me to get my masters degree…well, to actually finish it this time.  I have started taking graduate courses several times in the last 25 years.  The problem was that I never really was sure what degree I wanted to pursue.  I knew that I wanted to continue my education, but I wasn’t sure of the direction I should take. Most of my teacher-friends get graduate degrees in Administration, Counseling, or Ed Tech.  I started working toward a MEd in Special Education once because I thought at least the information would be useful, but I was sure I didn’t want to teach Special Ed.

One friend was working toward her MEd in Administration at Lamar University. She liked that the courses were fast paced and offered online.  She also said the cost was less than our local university.  After researching a little longer, I discovered that Lamar offered an online MEd in Digital Learning and Leading. I read the course description and was so excited!  This is exactly where I feel my future in education is headed!