Connect & Empower – Reflection on Part II

What a great weekend of reading and reflecting I have been able to enjoy!  Reading through Part 2 of The Innovator’s Mindset, I felt like in my mind I kept saying, “Amen.  Exactly. That’s right!”

The reality is I can agree with these ideas all day, but my learning cannot stop there. After all, we all know that reflecting is necessary for true learning.  After agreeing with every page and holding back from going on Amazon to purchase sets of this book to share with everyone I know, I asked myself what I always do when I reflect and learn.

“So what? What does this mean for me?  How can I take this to make what I do for my students better? What is my action going to be?”

Overall Thoughts:

“We have to make a connection to the heart before we can make a connection to the mind.” This statement from the book has always been at the heart of what I do every day.  It does matter.

The 8 Things To Look For In Today’s Classroom sums it all up!

1. Empower students to use their VOICE effectively.  Teach them how or they will struggle with this.
2. Give students CHOICE in how & what they learn.
3. Even in our busy world, time for REFLECTION is necessary to truly learn. Make time.
4. Create opportunities for INNOVATION through passion work chosen by students. Make it something that is the norm, not just a one-time event.
5. Teach students to be CRITICAL THINKERS and question ideas to move forward.  So much info is out there, we must teach them how to sift through what is needed.
6. Empower students to make an impact on the world and be PROBLEM FINDERS/SOLVERS.  Look for ways to make our world better.
7. Teach students to understand how to SELF-ASSESS and reflect on their growth and learning.
8. CONNECT! CONNECT! CONNECT LEARNING! Connecting with experts in the field of content you are teaching will hands-down create a deeper understanding with your students.  Imagine the possibilities!

If we start thinking of how our classrooms can have these things going on, we will see our students feel empowered and start to see themselves as learners in a world where they create their own learning and it is not done for them.

My Action: 
Always connect with the hearts of my students at the beginning of our lessons, even if I only have 30 quick minutes with them.  It will be worth every minute in the long run.

Always make sure what I am doing with them is relevant by making sure the above 8 things are happening in my classroom through self-evaluations and reflections.

Keep my focus on empowering my students! This is so much more important than having a compliant student.

Continue leading by example.  Be the change. 🙂

Author: Bridget Visser

I am a passionate educator advocating for ALL Children! Love all things around Student Voice, Literacy, Technology, Innovation, Student Design, and Empowering Others in positive ways! I am a learner, energized by connecting with other educators sharing their learning!