Are you inspired to learn or is your professional learning something to get through so that you can get back to the classroon and do something that needs doing? Do you have learning goals or are you working to someone else's agenda?
Quaglia and Corso (2014) developed the Aspirations Profile. Which quadrant are you in? The Hibernation Quadrant? In this quadrant, Professional Learning (PL) has minimal impact. Practitioners may exit a PL event without ever really engaging in the learning process. The Perspiration Quadrant? In this quadrant, you work really hard but the purpose is unclear. What about the Imagination Quadrant? You have goals and dreams, but little idea on how to achieve them. Or the Aspirations Quadrant? You know where you want to be and how to get there.
mme moe gives you a scaffold to develop your goals. Just doing this alone will increase the engagement you have with your professional learning. That will increase further when you find great strategies and useful resources, provided by people like you, that will help you find ways to meet your goal. That is because, when you are using mme moe, you are in a growth mindset. You know that your effort will count.
You might work inside four walls, but you don’t have to think of those walls as a barrier to professional collegiality and learning. Do you feel as if your school leaders know your goals? When leaders don't work on goals with teachers, or even ask teachers what their goals may be, those leaders are contributing to the low level of self-efficacy that some teachers might feel. Teachers with a low level of self-efficacy feel that they have little impact on student growth and then start to have professional existential doubts. This is especially the case for teachers in their first five years, who leave the profession in droves. School leaders should impact on the growth of teachers so they move into the aspirations stage.
So take the time to think and talk about goals. Use mme moe to plan for those goals, and access resources and colleagues. Make your growth mindset visible.
Paul is the Chief Learning Coach at mme moe. mme moe is the culmination of years of experience and expertise in assisting people to get better at what they do.