Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Interesting to go beyond the traditional education experience. Detention - choose a magazine picture and write about it. Not just a fun activity. Tell stories about pictures. Creative. Two different stories from same picture. Practical applications. Design - Broadway Middle School faculty room. So many practical things from every chapter.

Type of book that can used in whatever setting. So much meaning for life. "Fresh meat on old bones." Learn to think outside the box. Don't venture to go beyond. Draw an apple tree--not correct for teacher. Programmed to do things certain ways. "Took my mind on a journey." Meaningful quotes. Will be used when giving scholarships to students. We have gotten so caught up in "stuff." We have forgotten how to be empathic, how to relate. E-mail, text too impersonal. This book brought the back human being.

Book was affirming. Told me a lot of what I already know. Best part for me and most affirming: what kids tells me every single day which is, "We never waste our time when we listen." That's how we find out everything we need to know. We expect them to listen. If we change the ratio of talk to listen, students have a lot to teach us about what they need. We forget to ask kids what they need and how to deliver it. Have PDP and invite kids in. Ask them, "Why are you strugglin with...?" Refreshing to read and realize what I intuitively know is right. Daniel Pink is so articulate and can put it in a way we can understand.

Would like to hear what kids thought about it.

Reaction so far has been: I'm at a time of my life where I am thinking about the future. This book fits in perfectly. Book has given me places to start.

Describes the opportunities. The sky is the limit. Design/art. More opportunities for right-brained people.

This could be a course for students.

Power of the book to make you self reflect. Not a lot of books do this. Makes you delve into your own personal life. Extremely powerful in making you self reflect.

While I didn't necessarily agree with everything, mapped out to understand where it came from. Different point of view.

"The book is a right-brained book for left-brained people."

Assuming DP is correct in that the Western world needs to re-invent itself, we need to a) teach this, and b) evaluate it given the limits of NCLB.

Education system needs to catch up with this. Needs to be a turnaround into right-brained, creative solution for some of our problems. Mind-boggling.

We need to listen. We need to listen to students. We also need to listen to teachers. For example, this experience would not have happened without listening to teachers.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Message from Dan Pink

Thanks for taking time to read A WHOLE NEW MIND. I'm honored. You're setting a great example -- both for kids and old kids like me. Over the years, I've found that this is how both real learning and real social change takes place -- conversation by conversation. I appreciate your stoking the fires of conversation. Hats off to you and all you do. I'm grateful. Cheers, Dan Pink

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wrapping It Up

Now that we have had a tour of Daniel Pink's Six Senses, we need to think about the implications of A Whole New Mind in our lives. We will be discussing this in greater depth on Wednesday, May 27. We are looking forward to seeing you there and hearing your thoughts on this very important topic.

Chapter Reaction: Meaning

Please comment if you would like to share your overall impression/reaction to the chapter "Meaning."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Many of us daydream about winning the lottery and quitting our jobs. Play the 20-10 game as described on page 237 of A Whole New Mind. Did the results provide any insights to the meaning of your work?

Meaning: Labyrinth

The rector of Trinity Episocopal Church shared this information about their labyrinth:

THE LABYRINTH - a Ministry of Spiritual Presence

It is in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving we thank everyone for all the support of prayer and special gifts to this new ministry to all theChurch and surrounding community. The Holy Spirit is among us and at work to move forward in promoting the knowledge and purpose of this spiritualand healing ministry of the Labyrinth. During the Lenten season, on Friday evenings the newly opened Labyrinth created a special place and time to prepare ourselves for Easter. In response to the uncertain and stressful times in which we find the world, community, church, and ourselves, and our resulting need for strength and renewal, Trinity has opened her doors for ourselves and the Elmira community. The labyrinth is a Christian-based ministry and yet made available and inclusive of many religious traditions. You are invited to gather for Spiritual centering, empowerment and heavenly guidance. One walks the labyrinth with intention. The labyrinth is a place created for specific purposes, which include but are not restricted to spirituality, creativity, growth, problem solving, team building, stress management, rejuvenation, decision making, and meditation. The labyrinth invites one into sacred space and provides a temporary abandonment of the ordinary world for the realm of a deeper understanding of the Holy. Have you been down to actually see the Labyrinth? It is located in the lower level of our Parish Hall. You may access the Labyrinth from the First Street parking lot door. Just go down the stairs once you are inside the door. Starting in the month of June, the Labyrinth will be opened with the following schedule: First Tuesday of the month, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Second Thursday of the month, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Third Friday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.