Daniel Pink

History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

April 6, 2010
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History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

Another great use of empathy in the classroom. History is an excellent medium for developing empathy.  And these New Jersey elementary students have taken it to the next level. In the first part of the project they research historical figures.  They look into their early life and careers, following the figures throughout all of their…

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Mnemonic Device for Dan Pink’s “A Whole New Mind”

April 5, 2010
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Any time I am asked to speak at a conference, one of my main goals is to have every participant leave with something.  With Dan Pink’s Right-Brain skills, I always wanted the audience members to walk out the door and remember all six of the aptitudes from A Whole New Mind.

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Schools are friending social media | ScrippsNews

April 4, 2010
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Schools are friending social media | ScrippsNews

Empathy in math?  That’s the point of this pilot program in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Elementary students are using new math software that takes advantage of social networking.  The goal: Forcing kids to interact instead of working alone.  In other words, developing the aptitude of empathy from A Whole New Mind. Social networking has long been seen…

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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

April 2, 2010
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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

This is some great stuff! If you are looking at enhancing your students’ design aptitude from AWNM, any lesson plan would benefit from one or more of these templates. And for those followers of Marzano’s strategies, these templates will let you create graphic organizers, nonlinguistic representations, summary activities, and advanced organizers. There are templates for…

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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

March 31, 2010
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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

It looks like this Chicago school is going to implement quite a few of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes, even though they did not call them by name. The article highlights a school that is implementing a new curriculum supported by Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  They will move to a collaborative, inquiry-based learning model with…

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Land O’Lakes students prepare sign language videos for the deaf – St. Petersburg Times

March 29, 2010
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Land O’Lakes students prepare sign language videos for the deaf – St. Petersburg Times

This article from the St. Petersburg times really highlights Dan Pink’s meaning and purpose. Students take the sign language that they learn in the classroom and create videos for deaf patrons of theme parks. So not only are students motivated by having a purpose in their studies, but they are also developing the right brain…

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The Lost Principles of Design | Fuel Your Creativity

March 27, 2010
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The Lost Principles of Design | Fuel Your Creativity

As teachers we may not always feel comfortable with our knowledge of design.  Because of this insecurity, I am always on the lookout for information on design basics. Balance, contrast, and proportion are all concepts that we may inherently appreciate, but trying to teach them to students is a completely different story.

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Computers Help Children Learn Computer Skills, But What Else? – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com

March 25, 2010
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Computers Help Children Learn Computer Skills, But What Else? – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com

Freakonomics always gives interesting insights, but this article is especially relevant to educators. This entry by Stephen Dubner highlights a study entitled “Home Computer Use and the Development of Human Capital”, which was conducted in Romania.  The importance of technology is usually an undisputed fact, but this study brought up some interesting findings about the…

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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

March 23, 2010
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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

What a great idea – Using improv to develop design-based thinking. This article highlights Peter Robbie’s Design Thinking class at Thayer Engineering School, which acts as an effective reminder of the powerful role that the arts can play in rigorous education. As you read the article, Robbie points out that in an age of abundance…

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Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match | Asia Society

March 22, 2010
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Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match | Asia Society

What an interesting application of Dan Pink’s ideas from A Whole New Mind. Chris Livaccari outlines how to apply Dan Pink’s ideas in a Chinese language classroom. Although I have always held the flexibility of Dan Pink’s ideas in the highest regard, I never could have imagined applying them in a Chinese language class.

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