- Stop the madness for constant group work. Students need privacy, need to experience freedom, and learn to deal with autonomy.
- Go to the wilderness. Have revelations. Unplug.
- Know yourself. Accept yourself. Play to your own strengths rather than those you perceive society values.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Last Week's TED Talk
You might remember that I recently challenged myself to watch a TED talk every week and take illustrated notes. Here are my notes from last week's video: Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts. Susan Cain wrote Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Before I watched the video, I thought about that word power. When I considered my own introversion, power was not a word I would use to describe it. I thought of pain, loneliness, uncertainty and hesitation.
By the end of the video, I was at peace with my introversion.
I saw the truth in what Cain said about introverted leaders -- that they achieve better outcomes because they let employees run with their own ideas rather than always trying to micromanage and put their stamp on everything.
I thought hard about what she says is a prevalent attitude in education that the best students are extroverts. Do I believe this? Does my classroom look like I believe this? In her call to action, Cain made three points that I will take to heart:Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking -- Kindle edition is only $2.99!