Going into the #IMMOOC experience I had no idea what to expect. I had read The Innovator’s Mindset over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was definitely on the list to re-read at some point, which made participating in the #IMMOOC a logical step. I had also recently set-up this blog, so “forced” blogging with suggested topics was appealing.

I’m not sure I can put into words the full impact of the last few weeks. It’s more of a feeling – a feeling of openness and desire. I feel much more open to new ideas, trying new things, and not being afraid of the (unknown) results. Along with that I have the incredible desire to do more. There is no reason to settle for doing things the way I’ve always done them – or the way I’ve always been told to do them! It’s ok to think outside the box, as long as student learning is at the forefront of every decision.

engage vs empower

The idea of empowerment also made a big impact on me. As a music teacher I have always felt that students should be actively engaged in music while in my classroom. Only very recently did I realize the importance of student empowerment and just how powerful that can be for a learner. To take it one step further, as a teacher I also need empowerment.  The good news is, if I don’t always feel that way within the walls of my school building, I have a strong PLN that will be there to step in.

Thanks for following me through this part of my journey, and thank you for helping me become an empowered teacher who will strive to inspire empowered learners!

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  1. There’s no going back when you start to notice engagement isn’t enough. 😉 Your students are so lucky to have you. I thought of you today when I helped my daughter practice her trombone.

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