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I am part way through my second time doing #IMMOOC, but I have yet to do an actual blog post about my IMMOOC experience.

The first time around, I got the book late and didn’t have my blog up yet, so my experience was limited to mostly “lurking” (i.e. reading what others had to say). I was also reading the book in as many spare minutes as I could find. The Innovator’s Mindset is a great read. But when it came to everyone’s blog posts, I have to admit that I lost interest. Too many of them seemed too similar or just talked about what was already in the book. I saw the same quotes over and over again. It made sense as people were responding to what they read, but I couldn’t get into the idea of taking somebody else’s words and writing about them. I wanted action!

Despite this, I felt guilty for not being a more active participant. I felt like maybe I was letting myself down. Then I read this amazing blog post about an experience that came out of IMMOOC. This is what I wanted to be a part of. With this in mind, I gave myself permission to let go of the responding to all the blog posts as long as I was taking steps to become more like the educator that I want to be. I went after it. I went to EdCamp, loved it, made a bunch of local humans who also think with Innovative Mindsets, and found the confidence to take some next steps. I set up my blog. I tried cool things when I had the chance. I found other books that would make good supplements to The Innovator’s Mindset. I grew as an educator, and more importantly, as a person.

This time through, I have already read the book. I am one of the veterans of the group. I got my blog going around the end of November or early December and have some experience with writing posts. But for some reason, I still can’t seem to find a way to respond to the prompts or participate in the “normal” expected way. I still don’t get excited about sharing what the book means to me. I do, however, continue to try out new things in my class that I’m hoping will work for my students. When I do, I try to share in a timely fashion, although I can admit that there are a couple of posts still brewing from the last couple months. I very much put relationships first to the best of my abilities (I think that’s this week’s topic?), I put in my very best effort to be innovative in my approach to what I am teaching (is it innovative to take interesting ideas that you have found elsewhere and put your own spin on them?), and I try to embody the innovator’s mindset, while being careful to hang on to the good stuff from what is already out there.

So #IMMOOC friends, I may be terrible at responding to the regular IMMOOC prompts and suggestions, but I am out there doing my best to live the mindset that we read about and discuss. I am growing a Professional Learning Network of incredible and inspiring teachers, both near and far, have learned about some awe-inspiring and innovative ideas of how to bring the world to my students through the power of technology (and the helpful guest speakers of #DitchSummit), and look forward to continuing to learn and grow with you, if in a rather unconventional way.

2 Comments

  1. Tiffany

    I loved this post. Thank you for sharing. I have not yet done a blog post either, however, I truly want to. I agree with you, they all have a common theme and seem to reiterate what was just read in the book. Even though I do still find them inspiring, and have been exposed to some ideas I can’t wait to try (Sketch notes), I do find myself skimming most posts. This is actually my fist comment! Because of you, I am motivated to read another and comment. Possibly even try a blog post of my own. I am so thankful for this book and its community. This week they are trying to get us to write a series of short blogs. I might finally take that risk.

    1. Melanie

      Thanks for commenting! It’s a really great community that I feel lucky to be part of, but I think the best part is the flexibility to make the learning your own. I just want to encourage you to take the next step and try writing a blog post. I looked through the blog prompts this week and noticed that instead of the 5 promised, there is actually #6: your choice. So if you don’t feel compelled by the other prompts, maybe you can write about some of the things that you can’t wait to try, or even better, something that you tried because of the group and how it went. I would love to hear how it goes! It’s that application of what we are learning that really interests me.

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