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Education - Mindful Ways of Seeing and Selecting Resources - Student Conference 2014

A thought...

"Real failure is defined as never trying anything new.  We ask our students to try new things and we must lead by example."

   --from Real Talk for Real Teachers by Rafe Esquith, p.221.

I'm including this quote in this section because  I'm trying something new and wish to encourage you to try things, as well.  It's a little scary because you're not sure if you're going to pull off what you're hoping and worried that you'll fall flat on your face.  But the pay off can be big.  It opens up doors sometimes that you didn't know were there.  So, I'm modeling what I hope you'll undertake some day soon. Taking a risk can be fun, believe it or not. 

Books that I consulted

Why use analogies/metaphors to teach?

"Metaphors link abstact, difficult to understand concepts with personal experiences and promote a sense of creativity."

            --from: Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites by Marcia Tate, p.50. (371.39 TaW 2003).


-Personalize the world

-Create understanding with the things we already know

            --from: The Private Eye by Kerry Ruef, p.25. (502.82 RuP 2003).



Analogy: Recognition that the relationship between two things is similar to the relationship between two other things ("flurries" is to "blizzard" as "candlelight " is to "klieg light" [increasing intensity]); making an inference of similarity, or noting the correspondence, between two thinks based on shared characteristics, such as describing how the structure of an essay is like that of a sandwich.

Metaphor: A term or description that substitutes "one kind of object or place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them"; a  symbol.

from: Metaphors & Analogies: power tools for teaching any subject by Rick Wormeli, pp. 147 and 148. (371.39 WoM 2009).

Gotta love serendipity

I'm a big fan of serendipity and rarely ignore it when it comes my way.  I was reading Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon poking around in the chapters, liking what I was reading but not really thinking I was going to use it while preparing for the conference.  I happened to turn to the chapter at the end of the book entitled, Creativity is subtraction.  Kleon states that nothing creates a block faster than having too many options layed out in front of a person.  That by setting limitations our creative juices start to flow faster.  Example, create a piece of art for less than a dollar.  Right.  Interesting but not really what I thought I was looking for.

Then, later that same day, I was looking for a TedTalk to inspire me for another presentation I have coming up and came across the one I've included here by visual artist, Phil Hansen.  Embrace the Shake reiterated what I had just read in Steal Like and Artist Phil Hansen incurred an injury that resulted in nerve damage in his hand that prevented him from generating the kind of art he was passionate about. Discouraged, he stepped away from being an artist for about three years until he went to a nerve specialist who told him to 'embrace his shake'.  It changed everything for Mr. Hansen.  Watch the following talk to see where he went from there.

My Pinterest board for creative thinking