At Fireside, you can share what's on your mind about education.
Along with the talk I passed out four articles by Carol Dweck, the ones I consider to be "the best of Dweck."
People in both groups said the talk was valuable. Faculty members have been stopping by to talk about the articles, saying they read the whole packet--and that they are sharing the articles with educators they know, and family.
Students absorbed the talk pretty well--they had to provide a summary of what they got out of the "mini-lecture" in class on a discussion forum on our class network. I'm satisfied that they understand the concepts intellectually. Now we'll see if they can promote active mindsets in themselves and each other. I've heard several references to Dweck's ideas in class; don't know if they're internalizing the message or acting as if they are in order to please me... We'll see.
By the way and on another level, with faculty members I called this a hybrid talk, both high tech and low tech. These images were projected on a 10X12 foot screen in a room that seated 50; all I had to do was advance the slide show. The projected writing provided the background--I was in the front of the group, walking back and forth, telling the ideas in a bit more detail. People found it friendly to see handwriting and felt that was an instantly accessible way of documenting and sharing what's going on in class; they were reminded of a technique that can be simple yet powerful. The other high-tech/low-tech thing I did was to teach the method of "voting" via fingers indicating points on a scale from 1-10, just like "buzzers" will do in tech. Only this manner of using the buzzer system is organic and physical... I asked scaled questions such as "To what degree do you think it's important that we create a climate of 'active mindset' around here," and "To what degree do you see 'active mindset' in action around here?" When faculty members "voted," they could look at each other's responses, note the range and variability, absorb where we are as a group. Looking at each other is a whole lot different than looking at a graph on a screen. Anyhow, I like to rock back and forth with digital and physically-human information-sharing.