Almost everyday, I watch a TED talk as part of my daily learning routine. Today, I watched Daniel Tammet’s talk, “Different Ways of Knowing.”
His 10 minute and 54 second talk has me thinking about a number of things, and I share below just a few:
- Isn’t the work of an educator to explore different ways of knowing? Isn’t our life’s work to examine how all of the learners in our care might perceive and understand a thing?
- Isn’t the intersection of words, numbers, and pictures interesting?
- How do we show what we see in our minds? Do we too often ignore the synthesis of things because of the complexity of demonstrating?
- Literacy today (throughout time) is really about understanding the synthesis of words, numbers, and images, isn’t it? About how to communicate effectively?
- What was Daniel Temmet’s life like in school? Was he a “problem student?” How can we discard that term, problem student, and strive as educators to honor and connect the ways of knowing in our school community?
- How can I better use my observation journal to understand the rich and complex world around me?