Yeah. Taffy. My current mindset is flexible, stretching and changing, and if left alone it tends to harden. Mindset is something my advisor, Alexa, and I worked on A LOT during my last year at Boise State. So, it's something I am aware of and know that sometimes my taffy has set too long and is hard. Other times, my taffy is quite flexible. I mean, I have been in school 23 years non-stop and am still going. I love learning!
Every teacher needs the skill of being flexible. Flexible with lessons plans, flexible teaching methods, and flexible thinking. Being Flexible is a HUGE part of the growth mindset, which is all about change and adaptation. There is the power of yet, " I can't write a ten-page paper... yet." Modeling questions like "How can I make this better?", "What would I do differently next time?", "Is there something I can do right now that will help me achieve my goal?" "What can I do about this problem right now?" will help both teachers and students. As the teacher, I can continue to ask myself these questions, and remind myself that change is possible. And equally as important, we can tell our students that they are learning and growing, we don't expect perfection just their best effort.