March 27 Day 19: Applying a Growth Mindset to Survive

What a week!  Thank you to Duong Rita Than, Ruth Vanderpool, and Erik Tou for brainstorming, problem solving, and material sharing. I am closer to being prepared for the first day of spring quarter classes Monday but it will be a long weekend.

Reflections on the transition: I have always loved gizmos, gadgets, and tech. This means I have experimented with our course management system and I am comfortable in it’s environment. I have learned to live with its quirks. Yet, I am struggling to adapt my classes to fully online. I try to approach the situation with a growth mindset. I will work hard to solve my problems; I will learn from my mistakes; I will seek help; and I will keep trying until I get it right (or at least make things better). I will be vulnerable and allow my students to see that I am not always the expert. I am open to learning new things.

For those struggling to make sense of their CMS, DON’T. It is what it is. It may not be intuitive but complaining won’t get you over the finish line any faster. Learn enough to accomplish your goals and simplify your goals.

To celebrate the end of the long week, Mark conspired with Jason and Robyn to deliver a little bit of normalcy for our Friday night. ❤️ you all.

To everyone struggling in this isolation, I wish you enough.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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