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Cultivating an Educator Expectancy Mindset

In our last blog post, we reflected on the importance of approaching our work as educators with a mindset of expectancy—rather than only focusing on expectations and outcomes. This looks, sounds, and feels like being open to change and growth and being willing to adapt our approach to teaching and learning as we work towards a goal.

"Expectancy is a positive, fluid mindset; it involves having goals while also staying open and flexible in order to adapt and grow. It doesn’t mean accepting any and all thoughts or ideas, but instead using the power of our minds and hearts to work toward what we desire in a thoughtful and intentional way."

- The Practice of Being On Purpose

When we live with an expectancy mindset, we're able to stay more positive, open and flexible towards our work. An expectancy mindset includes becoming and staying aware of ourselves and the world around us, while being willing to dream and think creatively about what is possible. It also means being open to change and failure and seeing these as opportunities for growth rather than setbacks.

Here are some practices to cultivate an expectancy mindset as an educator:

  1. Be aware of yourself, your students and the world around you. This can help you to stay attuned to new opportunities and possibilities.

  2. Embrace change and growth. Look at moments of change as opportunities to learn and thrive instead of being afraid of the unknown.

  3. Find the positive. Refuse to be stuck by other people's expectations or negativity. Instead, focus on the potential for growth and positive change.

  4. Practice intentional living. Live into your purpose and direction to make choices that align with your values and goals.

By cultivating an expectancy mindset, we can approach our work with students with a sense of openness, flexibility and creativity (even on the most challenging days!), which can help us to make a positive and meaningful impact in their lives.