Over the last few weeks, friends and family often asked how the first quarter of grad school was going. Some days my answer would be that of excitement and enthusiasm. Other days I’d have very little to share out of pure mental exhaustion. As the quarter winds down, I can reflect on my experience.
Take the Step
The morning I met my fellow Digital Education Leadership Program cohort on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, I read an online article about fixed vs. growth mindset that reminded me why I started the program in the first place. Kris proclaimed that it’s never too late for teachers to change and learn. Teachers need to adopt a growth mindset just as much as students do (2015). My desire to learn with technology, craft my profession, and challenge myself, gave me the courage to get out of the car and take the steps toward Peterson Hall.
Phone A friend
Or text, Hangout, email, Facebook, or tweet. Meet for coffee or happy hour. However one does it, share work with cohort colleagues, post questions, + a post, respond to a blog post, ask for feedback, be comfortable, because it will get comfortable, with blended learning and online learning. Learning with technology is about collaboration, creativity, and communication.
A couple of weeks into the program I was still figuring out the stream of comments within Google Classroom. I mentioned this to Dr. Wicks, the DEL program director, he replied, “There’s a lot of grace in online learning.” That message sticks with me daily. I am reminded of it in the library classroom, our online classroom, and with my supportive colleagues, family, and friends.
Embrace the Learning
Coggle. Piktochart. Hangout. bPortfolio. Widget. Vialogue. These were only words or just another tech tool I’d heard about but hadn’t explored. Today, they are dynamic resources I use to display my learning, connect my training as a librarian and teacher tech leader to practice, as well as creatively engage with others. My uncomfortableness with sharing projects on a blog (bPortfolio) is real, but already I see value in sharing work for an audience. I look forward to the learning growth I will make and to creating a personal space that reflects who I am as an educator.
As I strived to finish up the final projects in the last few weeks, a colleague asked me a question I had asked myself a few time along the way about the kind of person for the program, “Who then should be in this program?” Upon reflection, the answer was always me. I belong here. The more I learn and implement what I’m learning into the classroom everyday, I know this is the right course for me and for the community I serve. I’m thankful I read the growth mindset article and walked into Peterson Hall that September Saturday.
Kris, D. F. (2015, September 24). Never too late: creating a climate for adults to learn new skills [Web log post]. Retrieved from