One of the authors that I love to read is Daniel Pink. It is fun to be able to be able to follow someone whose work you enjoy. Not just when they write a new book, but when they post a blog, podcast, or yes when they tweet. Recently, Dan tweeted this article about his daughter, Sophia. I have enjoyed watching a number of videos she has created. I really enjoyed this very level-headed look at online learning.
This is an interesting cartoon and in a sense will be what this year’s blog will be about: the impact of technology on education. This year I will be delving further into technology not only in the classroom, but in our lives as learners. Looking forward to your comments, questions, and anything that you are willing to share.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the cartoon above?
There are many conversations going on about the future of education. Here is a man with a plan! This is an amazing, thought-provoking talk by Sugata Mitra on his dream of building a school in the sky.
One of my favourite quotes: “That’s the first time, as a teacher, that I had ever heard the word ‘teach ourselves’ said so casually.”
I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy!
Paulette Vermette suggested this graphic on “What Success Really Looks LIke”. Paulette is a balcony person; someone who continually uplifts other people! Thank you Paulette!
One of the most interesting aspects of this diagram is that all the fun , learning, growth, and enjoyment (and frustration) comes out of the squiggly part. Life is funny like that!
“A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 27:12
“You can’t always control circumstances, but you can control your own thoughts.”Charles Popplestone
“Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.” The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman
“A hungry ego is a mean ego. To make a happy ego you need to feed it with respect. People without respect have a mean ego.” How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People, Les Giblin
“Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.” Proverb 15.4
What are some of yours?
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Grade 9 + 10 English class are reading a non-fiction book (or two). There has been some great sharing, as well as a little jockeying to find the right book, which is part of this learning experience.
The students are exploring various ways to internalize some of the ideas and concepts from the books we are reading. So in the past week we have started a quote wall, where students can share some of the best quotes from their books.
Here are a few:
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
“Without conflict there is no growth, and the most challenging conflict is within ourselves.” Brio in the Ant and the Elephan
t”The law of nature is: Do the thing, and you shall have the ^power; but they who do not the thing have not the power.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.” Tom Hopkins
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lifeis bound in shallows and in miseries.” William Shakespeare
“Small actions compound over time. That means they grow in size and impact and lead to much bigger things.” Success for Teens