Very cool post here about creating a DIY Marble Run on a playground.
“In silence, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with words. In laughter, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with solemnity. If personal and communal wholeness is what we seek — a wholeness that embraces the tragic and the comic, the darkness and the light — the odd couple of laughter and silence can help take us there.”
“Artist Maira Kalman reveals how she stumbles on hidden beauty in stuff you probably wouldn’t give a second glance.”
The best are like water…
The best, like water,
Benefit all and do not compete.
They dwell in lowly spots that everyone else scorns.
Putting others before themselves,
They find themselves in the foremost place
And come very near to the Tao.
In their dwelling, they love the earth;
In their heart, they love what is deep;
In personal relationships, they love kindness;
In their words, they love truth.
In the world, they love peace.
In personal affairs, they love what is right.
In action, they love choosing the right time.
It is because they do not compete with others
That they are beyond the reproach of the world.
Good work finds the way between pride and despair.
It graces with health. It heals with grace.
It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.
By it, we lose loneliness:
we clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;
we enter the little circle of each other’s arms,
and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,
and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.
Wonderful post on forward thinking by one of my sheros Alisa Burke: http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-art-of-forward-thinking.html
“But the minute I began planning for the future and dreaming about the big things I wanted for my art and career, things really began to change. Nothing happened over night but I did start seeing movement and growth. I learned fast that “forward thinking” is the best way to move toward growth.”
Solvitur ambulando — “it is solved by walking.”
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.
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.”