Posts Tagged ‘ A Whole New Mind ’

BP Oil Spill Lesson Plan

July 13, 2010
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BP Oil Spill Lesson Plan

In light of the horrific environmental damage that will surely impact the Gulf Coast due to the BP oil spill, I thought I would share some thoughts on using this disaster in the classroom.  Unfortunately I think we will still be hashing out the impact of BP’s spill during August and beyond.

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Lesson Plan for Avatar and Empathy

May 23, 2010
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Lesson Plan for Avatar and Empathy

There has been quite a bit of interest generated amongst my colleagues for a lesson plan using Avatar.  I plan on using an activity this week for the movie Avatar that will develop Dan Pink’s aptitude of empathy, so I thought I would share it with you. This lesson plan involves using Dr. Milton Bennett’s…

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YouTube Tops Networks’ Primetime | Wired.com

May 19, 2010
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YouTube Tops Networks’ Primetime | Wired.com

When Time Magazine named “You” their “Person of the Year” some time back, I thought it was a cop out.  I thought that this prestigious magazine couldn’t make the hard call, so they just went with something easy-cheesy. But that was back in 2006.  Then I ran into this article highlighting the fact that YouTube…

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Futurity.org – Strong racial identity intensifies empathy

May 13, 2010
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Futurity.org – Strong racial identity intensifies empathy

This article highlights some interesting research into empathy and offers a strategy that may help us develop empathy towards others. According to the research, our “ability to identify with another person dramatically changes how much we can feel the pain of another and how much we’re willing to help.” The case in point is the…

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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

May 10, 2010
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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

This headline was confusing to me, so I had to look a bit further.  But after reading through the context of President Obama’s comments about technology as a “distraction”, his meaning became more clear. I think the gist of the President’s concerns are found as he discusses the role that constant information has taken in…

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Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs – Smashing Magazine

May 2, 2010
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Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs – Smashing Magazine

Dan Pink outlines multiple ways to enhance the aptitude of design in A Whole New Mind.  Pink suggests that everyone just needs to learn how to observe, understand, and appreciate the elements of good design and then they will naturally develop their own sense of design. And if you are a fan of Marzano Strategies,…

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50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online | Online Universities

April 30, 2010
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50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online | Online Universities

There’s no better example of story, empathy, and meaning than in a great speech.  You’ll have to forgive my inner history geek here, but this collection is a truly amazing insight into human history. The collection spans political, presidential, and cultural episodes in our history, and highlights the men and women who gave a voice…

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Using Design in Note Taking

April 28, 2010
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Using Design in Note Taking

I wanted to share a template with you that I use when giving notes. The idea came from a conversation with a colleague who had attended an in-service on Marzano‘s strategies.  (To see more on Marzano and Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes see this post) When asking students to take notes, the obvious weakness in strategy…

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Earth Day: Laura Kutner Builds Guatemalan School With Plastic Bottles – ABC News

April 26, 2010
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Earth Day: Laura Kutner Builds Guatemalan School With Plastic Bottles – ABC News

This is a great example of Daniel Pink’s aptitude of Meaning from A Whole New Mind. Students in Guatemala collected plastic water bottles and built themselves a new school.  The project was was initiated by Laura Kutner, a Peace Corps volunteer. Bottles were collected, stuffed with plastic bags for reinforcement, and then made into “bricks”…

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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

April 24, 2010
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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

This is a great site for resources on Robert Marzano’s instructional strategies. If you are familiar with Marzano, then you will find this site particularly interesting as it connects instructional technology resources with each of his strategies.  If you are not familiar with Marzano, each strategy is briefly defined so that you can implement the…

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