I recently returned from beautiful Phoenix, AZ and round 2 of the 4-state math leadership collaboration event. It was again great to discuss and plan potential action strategies for helping implement the Common Core standards into 6-12 math classrooms across the region.
A couple of highlights from the meeting...
1. Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset is something worth looking into if you haven't heard or seen the research yet. (Keywords: Carol Dweck, Mindset) This brain research can be applied to many areas of life. The 4-state event facilitators had us analyze our mindset through the lens of a math leader. I knew right away that I had a fixed mindset when it comes to me being a leader. As a matter of fact, I blogged about it after the first leadership event in Rapid City this past fall. I placed teachers into four categories and went on to say that I have no time for teachers that want to be left alone. I had a very fixed mindset about being able to lead those particular teachers.
I want to expose my students to the concept of fixed vs. growth mindset in the fall. I think it might be a great first week activity.
2. The state of SD (and IA, ND, and MT) are closer to having a plan in place to help grade 6-12 math teachers have more support and resources as we implement the CCSS-M. We have one more meeting in June that will finalize some of those plans.
3. There are a wealth of resources available online that math teachers need to be made aware of. I thought I knew about most of the Common Core resources and it turns out I was mistaken. Once again, math teachers need one centralized location that provides details on the best resources available.
4. The weather in Phoenix is beautiful in March.
I left the event feeling very empowered and ready to help initiate change. Great professional development is very refreshing and motivating. I'm excited for the final event in June.