What is a Mindsmith?

A mindsmith is a term I created for someone who is constantly working to better their mind. This can be expanding one’s consciousness, deepening one’s knowledge, or discovering new ideas.

As someone who is in the field of education, it is important that I constantly try to better myself and participate in professional development. I must be a mindsmith as that is what I am encouraging my students to be.


Who am I?

I am a learner, writer, reader, teacher, and person. It is important that my students, and everyone I meet, sees all of my identities. If I were not one of these things, I would not be Amy Norton.

As a teacher, I strive to incorporate principals of differentiated and personalized instruction, appreciative inquiry, and constructivism. I believe that my role as an educator is to help students use the subject of English to discover who they are and how they want to connect with the world. Within my classroom, every voice has power, risks are encouraged, and meaning is made together. One of the beautiful parts of English is that there is no one correct answer, and I hope my students come away with an appreciation for this grey area.

As a learner, I am currently finishing my fourth year in the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. I intend to graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education with a focus in Language & Literature and in Media Literacies

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