Posts Tagged ‘ Meaning ’

Learn Geography, Help Those In Need-Dan Pink’s Meaning and Play in the Classroom

December 7, 2010
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Learn Geography, Help Those In Need-Dan Pink’s Meaning and Play in the Classroom

Learn Geography and donate water to those in need. What a great way to create Meaning by simulating the aptitude of Play, both of which are part of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes from his book A Whole New Mind.  Not to mention the reinforcement of effort and practice that are effective Marzano Strategies.  This is…

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How Can We Make Student Work Meaningful?

October 14, 2010
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How Can We Make Student Work Meaningful?

How much of our students’ days are filled with abstract concepts?  How often do kids actually get to work with their hands? This article in the New York Times caught my eye after a day of teaching intangible, purely conceptual material.  What did my students actually apply that day?  In Dan Pink’s words, what meaning…

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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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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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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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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

April 8, 2010
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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

I was asked once by a colleague to relate Dan Pink’s Right-Brain aptitudes to Bloom’s taxonomy.  To be honest I have always preferred to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy through the verbs that are usually associated with his work.  My colleague and I threw out as many verbs as we could remember, and I wrote them on…

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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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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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Aurora Sentinel: Aurora school district eyes new diploma for student with college credits

March 9, 2010
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Aurora Sentinel: Aurora school district eyes new diploma for student with college credits

As I spend half of my day at a high school technical center, I am always looking for examples of using focused learning to enhance Meaning in a student’s education. As I have mentioned before, one way I like to think of Dan Pink’s Meaning aptitude from A Whole New Mind is how I can…

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