Posts Tagged ‘ Meaning ’

Northwest High students building a rocket under NASA contract | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

January 22, 2010
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Northwest High students building a rocket under NASA contract | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

What if your students were under contract with NASA?  That’s what is happening at this Texas high school. Talk about A Whole New Mind!  This is where design, symphony, and meaning all come to life. Students at this high school are under actual contract from NASA.  They placed in the top 20 in a national…

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Audit Finds One in Four Kids Drop Out of High School in W.Va. – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

January 20, 2010
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Audit Finds One in Four Kids Drop Out of High School in W.Va. – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

This quick read highlights a fact that I think most teachers would agree with: Kids that do not feel engaged at school will drop out. I ran across this article after reading Dan Pink’s new book, Drive.  To put it into Dan Pink’s framework, these kids felt no “purpose” in what they were doing at…

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New York City Schools Put Stronger Focus on Environmentalism – NYTimes.com

January 13, 2010
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New York City Schools Put Stronger Focus on Environmentalism – NYTimes.com

I ran into this article and immediately thought of Daniel Pink’s Meaning from A Whole New Mind. Kids at these “green” schools work on projects that are meaningful to them and their families.  And it goes much deeper than classic environmental issues.  Schools study the impact of political and economic decisions on their own neighnorhoods.

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Student web designers help businesses

January 11, 2010
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Student web designers help businesses

This article shows the power of realistic, project-based student work.  High school students used to develop websites for fictitious companies, working in isolation from the outside world. When the business departments in the Bismarck public school system went out to find real companies to work with their students, they added both Meaning and Symphony from…

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Fenton senior center serves as classroom for elementary students | Flint News – - MLive.com

January 7, 2010
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Fenton senior center serves as classroom for elementary students | Flint News – - MLive.com

When I first came across this article I immediately thought of Dan Pink’s Meaning and Empathy aptitudes from A Whole New Mind. What an excellent example of offering meaning to young people and senior citizens.  If you read through to the question-answer session, you can easily see how students were enhancing their empathy.

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Teacher, Revised

December 28, 2009
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Teacher, Revised

This is a really interesting project that I found while I was looking through some education blogs.  As you think about Dan Pink’s Meaning aptitude from AWNM, this site gives you a resource for returning to your own personal sense of meaning.  Teachers have a strong sense of meaning in their lives, but you definitely…

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YouTube – Let Children Create.m4v

December 18, 2009
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I found this clip when I was thinking about content creation.  People today, young and old, are used to creating content.  Wikis, online collaboration, social media, Twitter, the list goes on and on.  But people are creating the content. So in education, how do we incorporate that?  It’s a pretty scary thought for myself and…

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FISH! Philosophy :: FISH!

December 13, 2009
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FISH! Philosophy :: FISH!

FISH! Philosophy :: FISH!. This is a great book that I picked up at a second-hand book sale.  It really changed my personal attitude, and as you know, that seeps into the classroom. It’s all about being positive and making the positive decision to enjoy your work.  It means that as student or teacher, you…

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