“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above the ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away–an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost the sense of something that lives and endures beneath the eternal flux. What we see is blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.” Carl Jung
Another inspirational session last night, lead by Dave Cormier
! I have had a raging headache all day and into the night….I think I am learning too much! Just when I think I am falling into a routine of comfort and normalcy, another Tuesday session throws me for a loop! @Mick
very adequately stated last night that “when I am fearless I will be bored and need to quit”. This statement appropriately explains my approach to my teaching and my role within the school. I thrive on the challenges of change and am motivated by innovation and all the uncertainties that accompany the “unknown”. As I continue on my quest of creating classrooms that thrive on Open Education, I will continue to battle the bumps, push pass the resistance and embrace “Nomadic Behavior” in an Educational Context.
described a Nomad using “creative thinker” and “carve your own paths” as descriptors. Through my school blog, with my very patient “experimental group”, I have asked the students to comment, critique and question their classmates posts. My goal is to establish lifelong learners, critical & creative thinkers and promote a student driven conversation on a teacher driven topic. The results have been amazing! Students who sit at the back of the classroom and seldom offer input are posting thought-provoking, intelligent and high quality responses. They are challenging their classmates to broaden their thought processes and contributing greatly to the overall content and dynamics of the class.
I have significantly altered the way my students are used to doing things. Although the process has been very positive, I found myself in a very interesting conversation on Monday. I was asked by a student why I am asking them to comment on their classmates posts. My response was simple “I want you to think critically”. My student was quick with a matter of fact response “That’s hard, just tell me what you want me to write”. This dialogue supports the “stitch and weave” analogy presented by George Siemens
two weeks ago. The opportunities are endless, the results continue to amaze me and the future excites me!