Self Score: 88
While I like to think of myself as a leader and hold a leadership role in my professional life, I have to admit that I have not been quick to take on that responsibility in my ADL learning community. There are excuses: two jobs, a teenager at home, and a tendency toward introversion. In reality, I love to collaborate in person, but I find it difficult to do in a virtual setting such as this.
That being said, I completed my coursework in a timely fashion and participated in discussion boards regularly. The 2nd job prevented me from joining the zoom meetings live as often as I would have liked, but I did watch the recordings. My core group from 5303/5305 remains intact and includes myself, Robin Ballard, Danielle Pyle, LIndsay Hoerig-Cavanagh, Lindsey Wallace, Aliscia Drummond, Maria Rodman, and Avery Nihill. The group maintained a Google slide deck to curate resources and share our work outside of the Blackboard platform as well as a GroupMe for real time communication. We also zoomed once a week to debrief and reflect on our learning and what others in the classes were doing differently. I contributed, but did I go above and beyond as a leader? I don’t believe so.
While I participate by posting in the discussions and responding to my core group and a few others, the phrase “took leadership responsibility” might be a bit of a stretch. I have engaged in more back-and-forth conversations, rather than just responding once and calling it done. Even so, I’ve really felt like a bystander this session rather than an active participant. In future classes, I will try to be a more dedicated participant in the discussions, especially when I can’t attend the weekly zooms. I must say, however, that my discussion board posts themselves have improved. In the first session I felt very out of my element with all the writing and citing sources and whatnot, but as I have settled in I feel more comfortable sharing my ideas and believe my posts reflect more depth of thinking, which is probably why my conversations with classmates have been more involved.
Last session I compared myself to the mom’s old station wagon in “Karate Kid” that needed a rolling start. Now that I’m ‘rolling’ so to speak I need to pick up some speed to merge onto the highway and go with the flow of traffic.
For me, the concept of growth mindset has permeated every aspect of this session. My discomfort in the virtual setting was met with positive self-talk about my strengths (organization, coaching, design) and how I could use them to be a more active participant in class. As I was struggling to organize my ideas for the Influencer Model, I continually reminded myself that perfection is not the goal - improvement is. The moment of truth arrived when I realized I was probably going to make a B. My fixed mindset engine roared to life and prepared to take the checkered flag, but I remembered that as long as I learn something from the B and am making progress, a growth mindset will help me win the race.
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