Today I spent the day just running around and getting some things done at home that have been on my To-Do list for while. Nothing much to "blog" about, but my mind kept going back to the end of this Writing activity and my own Growth Mindset. I am a big fan of this philosophy and spend part of every early school year talking to my students about hard work and perseverance. Since I work with gifted kiddos, they tend to pick up on ideas and concepts fairly easily and often don't really ever work too hard at school. I like to change that; frustrate them, challenge them, make them work a little harder. The truth though? In real life we are not all "good" at everything, despite how much we work at it. So at what point do we forget growth mindset and just accept the realism? Another truth? I do not really like to write and I am not very good at it... AND I am okay with that. Is it my age? Have I just reached that point where I know my limitations and can acknowledge what I do and do not want to spend time on? When is it healthy to just being okay that you are not good at everything (or many things)? Not all of our students can be the next Michael Jordan or the next Bill Gates and I don't want them to stop trying to be their best, but I also don't want to give the false hope that hard work and perseverance WILL lead to success (who defines that exactly).
Anyways... keeping with my 3 Things theme, here are my 3 things I would have liked to have been good at sometime in my life:
#1 - Singing (not even rock star level, I just would like to carry a tune)
#2 - Heights/roller coasters/boats - all of these things make me sick
#3 - Foreign language (there is a longer story here, but my 4 years of German really did not get me far)