Friday, January 29, 2016

The X, Y, Zs of Email

Isn't it interesting to see how email has evolved from Baby Boomers, to Generation X, and to Millennials (Generation Y). This Boomer remembers when he first began to really use email at Teachers College in 1994 when he was in a month-long program at the Klingenstein Center and was introduced to an email program called Pine. Then, he thought, "Hmmm, clever way to communicate with people."

By 2005, I wrote an article "A Head of Eeeeeshmail."  I believe it describes precisely what was going on with email at the time.

I hope that our newest generation — the Zs — will take control of this and help bring it all under control.

For now, check out this video and see if you can relate to what it is saying about email.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Humble Leader Paradox

How does a humble leader lead without being a doormat? Read this excellent post, "The Humble Leader Paradox," from Rapid Start You will revisit Jim Collins' Good to Great gem, The Level 5 Leader.

"Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title." - Robin S. Sharma

Friday, January 15, 2016

Trump's Children's Book?

Whether you are Republican, or Independent, or Democrat, or teacher, or parent, this is sure to give you a chuckle.

Friday, January 8, 2016

What Would You Choose for Your Children / Students?

A) success in test-taking   or   B) success in being curious, creative, and confident? 

You can only choose   A)  or   B)! 

Here is a movie that might help you make your choice.

Yesterday, I viewed the movie "Most Likely to Succeed."  View the trailer below that opens with appearances by Sir Ken Robinson and Salman Khan. See what you think.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

More on The Adolescent Brain

Here are two more resources on understanding the adolescent brain —

(1) the "Secrets of the teenage brain: A psychologist's guide for teachers" by Bradley Busch from The Guardian website. . . and

(2) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's TED Talk "The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain."
I love Blakemore's closing remark. It really captures how we should understand adolescent development — here is what she says,

“So what's sometimes seen as the problem with adolescents — heightened risk-taking, poor impulse control, self-consciousness — shouldn't be stigmatized. It actually reflects changes in the brain that provide an excellent opportunity for education and social development.”