I admit it. I
was am the worst student. Well, to teachers who only teach line by line, in order, all together – no deviation! I’ve always found fault in the assembly line, even in elementary teaching; I would change my program to meet the need of the student. I like to think that I flipped my classroom in the 90’s before it was the catch phrase of the year.
I remember taking a Microsoft Word Beginners class, required by work in late ’90s, because I had left elementary teaching and “had no real show-able skills” and a certificate would help… I’d been using the program for years, and shared that with the instructor when I came in, wondering if there was an assessment she could give me to move me forward. Of course, there wasn’t. Even worse? The instructor wanted everyone to follow along step by step, everyone performing the exact motions as her, the ENTIRE 5 hour class. At the first break, I produced all the assignments in the book and asked her if she would give me the certificate early. Not sure if she was more annoyed that I challenged her plan or relieved to get me out of the classroom, she gave me the certificate and I happily left. When I look back on that class, I wonder why she didn’t ask me to help her with the students who obviously needed one on one? As a former computer instructor in job readiness, I always asked those in my classes with more experience to assist. Sigh.
So, where was I? Oh right, I was not the ideal student… I was the person doing three things at that same time; frustrating the teachers because I turned in the assignments they wanted, in addition to doing what I wanted. Actually, what I was doing was writing. Notes, stories, poems. Thoughts, ideas, dreams. I wrote my way through long hours of school from the 5th grade all the way through my sophomore year of college. It was during my sophomore year that one of my teachers told me that writing was not a great way to make a living and that I should really focus on getting skills to make it in the world. Sigh.
Do you remember who you wanted to be, before you found out that it wasn’t the right path, or the dream that your folks wanted, or the current hot trend in making money? I do.
Here’s some of the videos that I watched in 2012 that inspired me to remember.
You have something amazing to share:
Fear: Someone else’s ideas/work/product is MUCH better than mine, so why should I try?
Truth: What is obvious to you, AMAZING to someone else.
What would you do if money were no object?
How would you really enjoy spending your life? Talk by Alan Watts
Stop stealing dreams
We are taught to always keep something inside of us, because someone will ask for more. It will never be enough. Example: Raise your hand as high as you can. Now raise it higher. You could, couldn’t you? Why? Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS On the future of education & what we can do about it.
RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms
I absolutely love the visual of this video – the drawing and the connection to Sir Ken Robinson’s speech is powerful. Kudos!
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
I am honestly stunned by all the people that have NOT heard of Sir Ken Robinson, so this has been out since 2007 and you should watch it! 🙂 TedX