Thursday, June 26, 2014

Do you realize the importance of 21st Century Skills - Mini Blogcast

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"If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my axe"

-Abraham Lincoln


Friday, June 20, 2014

BlogCast - What are Your Students Passionate About?


There have been so many times that I would like to read blogs, but I have been driving, or multi-tasking.  I wish that more of them were in an audio format as well, so that I could listen to them.  I decided to do an audio blog post.  Please let me know your thoughts.  I realize that "podcasts" exist, but many of the bloggers that I love to read, do not have podcasts, therefore I wish they did.

What are your thoughts on this method?

What are your thoughts on the topic discussed in this blog post or "blogcast"?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

3-Quote Reflections - Topic: Failure

Quotes about Failure

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
                                               -Pablo Picasso

Wow!  Think in the context of your classroom.  Think in the context of your pedagogy and lessons.  Think in the context of your professional development.  This is a profound statement that should resonate with educators who truly wish to empower students.   How often do you have students in your class who are "doing that which they cannot do, in order to learn how to do it".  Our absurd emphasis on grades has scared our highest achievers from ever daring to try something difficult or step outside of the box, for fear of a failure.  Even one failing mark can be quite a burden to recover from in order to earn the "almighty A".  Maybe we should consider grading the learning process, rather than the final product.  20% of an assessment should state:  How well did you attempt problems that were above and beyond what you are comfortable with and understand how to do, so that you could learn from the failures, analyses, and adjustments that followed?  Oooooh.  The learning would be rich.  The students would be uncomfortable, anxious, and challenged, but the lasting results would be golden.  At least give the students to fail once in a while because they took an honest chance.

How about you?  When was the last time you tried a method or lesson that you had NO IDEA if it would work or not.  When was the last time you took a chance in order to try to improve the education in your classroom, house, or meeting? 

How much are you stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to learn knew things that you do not understand.  After interviewing hundreds of community members, businesses, and organizations I know that some of the following are very important skills that are desired:

- Computer Programming
- Video/Audio Editing
- Persona Branding and Social Media
- Collaboration via technology
- Improving 21st Century Skills

Have you worked hard to improve these on your own, in order that you would be better at them and more able to help those who you lead?  

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

Examples of successes:
  • Good score on a test.
  • Good score on a quiz.
  • Completing a worksheet.
  • Fulfillment of a goal that a student set.
That is "FINE" as gates says.  When was the real time, that you celebrated the lessons from failure?  Think about three times this year when you saw a student fail and you really helped them to understand the reason they failed and to "heed the lessons of failure".

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
-John Wooden

Education.  Please take Mr. Wooden's advice!!!  The year is 2014. You seem to be pretending it is 1974.

My new quote:  

"If you never fail, you have failed"
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Oliver Schinkten
"If you never fail, you have failed"
Compassion-Based Learning