I have been and continue to be a student of human motivation, human development and human behavior. I have worked in schools, universities and hospitals. I learned about organizational development and how systems worked. I also learned why sometimes they didn’t work. It seemed to me that a system worked because it was designed with
“Teaching may be the greatest of the arts because the medium is the human mind and spirit.” John Steinbeck The original occasion for this piece was a gathering of thirty outstanding teachers from all over the United States. They had been accorded that status by their district, county or state or in a few
Making a tough decision and making it stick is but one challenge of a leader in charge. An executive decision requires more than using that part of your brain called “executive functioning” which is officially defined as “a set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. Executive functions are necessary for
Schools are already in the “real” world. They just aren’t taking advantage of their external environments in creative and contemporary ways. Instead they are still using old models for new learning. Put new wine into old wine skins and what happens? They burst, wasting the wine. Too much energy, time and resources have been spent
Most educators, and parents, know about the concept and practice of a gap year. Often that year is taken between high school and college but not necessarily then. It could be a junior or senior year abroad in either high school or college or it could be between the freshman and sophomore year of college.
I watched two garden spiders yesterday, connected by the same web, work their magic. I sat there in amazement as they worked to restore and expand their web, eat or store a few insects along the way that had given the signal of their arrival. You have no doubt seen a spider scamper across a
No, it is not your Dairy Queen but your “Desire Quotient.” We first had I.Q. and more recently E.Q. and now it’s time to introduce D.Q. to a wider audience. In addition to the simple definition of “wish” or “want”, as a transitive verb, since action is usually required in order to fulfill a desire,
I am indebted to the Knight Foundation and Eric Newton for their presentation in November, 2013, to a group of Dutch journalists in Amsterdam. The content regarding K-12 schools is mine and I take responsibility for any mistakes, misunderstanding or errors in laying out a design for these kinds of schools* Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.
Keep learning alive – Commit to becoming a life-long learner and whether or not you are an early adopter, consider how the world has changed and you along with it. If you are not growing and changing you are falling behind because to stand still is to lose ground. You can participate in learning challenges