Removing Barriers and Creating Pathways

 

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I often explain to people what I do as helping teachers and students use technology. Interestingly, when I talk to teachers or other people at my school I also usually include something along the lines of… “if you can’t figure it out in 5 minutes email me and stop. I’ll come and we’ll figure it out together.” I see my role as removing barriers. That my job as an integrator is about helping, making things easier, and providing time. Time that allows teachers to do, time that they can think, time that they can process. I love also the idea in this post Red Tape by George Couros of creating pathways. That is what I hope I do by removing barriers.

Caring and leadership

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Great post on Principal of Change – It’s Okay To Be a “Boss”. I especially resonated with the idea below:

“If someone is performing in a way that is not helping them move forward, saying something and being honest with them is not a sign of disliking them; in fact, it is the opposite.  It is because you care.”

 


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How We Make the Shift as Teachers and Leaders from AJ Juliani

I loved this post What happens when students embrace design thinking? I especially found the below paragraph and chart incredibly helpful:

Design thinking helps lays the groundwork for making this shift. When we shift from preparing students for what’s next, to helping them prepare for anything, a world of possibilities open up in their learning.

How We Make the Shift as Teachers and Leaders

Engaged Environments Empowered Environments
Attentive and committed to our curriculum Attentive and committed to their interestes
“preparing for jobs” “preparing themselves for anything”
Teachers working to “making it interesting” Teachers working on “tapping into their interests”
You must learn _____ What do you want to learn?
Giving choice Inspired possibilities
Following the beaten path Making your own path
Taking an assessment Assessing your own learning
Consuming Creating
Differentiated instruction Personalized learning

Illuminating the Beauty in Our Broken Places

“We value success, wholeness. Unlike this Japanese art form, we don’t yet have a way of looking for what was once broken and has been healed and illuminated. How lovely would it be to find that a cracked and illuminated cup can be even more beautiful than a whole cup. How wise to realize that the broken hearts, illuminated and made whole, can be even lovelier.

Give me someone who knows their own vulnerability and sees mine.
Give me someone whose cracked spaces are golden.
Give me someone who has helped do kintsugi to my cracked spaces.
Give me someone who is open to me doing kintsugi to their cracked heart.

So friends, wabi-sabi me.
Let me wabi-sabi you.

Let’s repair each other.
Let’s seek what’s cracked in each other.
Let’s heal our broken spaces.
Let’s fill what’s broken with gold.

May we emerge more beautiful, more whole, and luminous.

So, my love, come and see the beauty in my cracked spaces.
I see the beauty in yours.

You are not a heart that I will discard.
Do not discard me.
We can emerge from this healing golden, more beautiful.

May all that is cracked and broken be healed
be illuminated.”

 

https://onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-illuminating-the-beauty-in-our-broken-places/

An Artist’s Life Manifesto: Marina Abramović’s Rules of Life, Solitude, and Silence

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/11/30/marina-abramovic-artist-manifesto/

“The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself,” E.E. Cummings

AN ARTIST’S CONDUCT IN HIS LIFE:

An artist should not lie to himself or others
An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
An artist should not compromise for himself or in regards to the art market
An artist should not kill other human beings
An artist should not make himself into an idol…
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SILENCE:

An artist has to understand silence
An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SOLITUDE:

An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
Solitude is extremely important
Away from home,
Away from the studio,
Away from family,
Away from friends
An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at fast-running rivers
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky

Marina Abramović