CHANGEd: What if we invited, even prayed for, disturbance? 60-60-60 #55

Recently, I heard my school president open a meeting with a prayer written by Sir Francis Drake in 1577. I accessed a copy of the prayer here. In the prayer, I am reminded of a line from Pat Bassett’s TEDx St. George School talk (upcoming in post #56), which paraphrased basically communicated – Parents, we should seek teachers for our children who are experimenters. And earlier in the talk he stated, “Be an advocate for your children and your schools to be innovative.”

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

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CHANGEd: What if we used reading and Google Earth as spingboards for interdisciplinary, global empathy? 60-60-60 #54

Some believe that technology is separating us, disconnecting us, making us less empathetic. I don’t think it’s about the technology. I believe it’s about the people behind the technology and the ways that we commit to using the technology. I believe technology can actually make us more connected, more together, more empathic. Tools can be used to build up or to tear down…to joyfully create or to tragically damage and destroy. But it depends on the user, not the tool. I am thankful that I have many teachers who are showing me these lessons.

Steve Goldberg is one of my newest teachers. He is teaching me to use Google Earth to read for global empathy. What if more of us used reading and Google Earth as springboards for interdisciplinary, global empathy? Oh what a wonderful world it could be!

Inter-disciplinary reading of the news

Skyping in to Detroit to talk current events

Empathizing with Baba Amr (wherever that is)

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CHANGEd: What if schools IGNITEd more Leonardo da Vincis? 60-60-60 #53

Well, I’ve been relatively long-winded lately…relative to 60 words. SO, I’ll let the following 5 minute video speak for itself, which it does quite ably! [Thanks to @lottascales for passing this IGNITE along!]

Schools need more MakerBots and more IGNITE, literally and figuratively. Schools need more folks who know How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.

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CHANGEd: What if we connected students with city design projects? 60-60-60 #52

One dynamic way to help schools move into “21st century” education – full of project-based learning, design thinking, and integrated studies – would be to partner secondary-school students with local architects, city planners and developers, new urbanists, sustainability scientists, etc.

In this 52nd post, what if we moved from a scholastic house of cards…to education that blurred more boundaries between school and real life?!


Thanks to my PLN (personal learning network), I have been exposed to a few more profound thinkers and resources concerning school as ecosystem, learning-spaces evolution, etc.

 [View the story “Evolution of learning space…from 3D to 4D” on Storify]

Another great, related resource: Matthias Hollwich’s talk at TEDxAtlanta RE:Purpose, January 26, 2010 (this is when I first began to ask, “What if we could partner Synergy students with people like Matthias, working on future-city projects?”)

And another great, related resource: Announcing the 2012 TED Prize Winner – The City 2.0

Yet another great, related resource: Grant Lichtman’s blog, The Learning Pond

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CHANGEd: What if we crafted a ten commandments of modern schooling? 60-60-60 #51

Listening to This American Life episode, “The Ten Commandments,” I thought about what our ten commandments of modern schooling might be. Wouldn’t it be interesting to engage in a faculty exercise of recording ten such expectations, one each on a Post-it note, and affinity mapping the commonality and differences among a school’s tribe of practitioners? Shouldn’t we have some level of agreement about the ten most fundamental expectations for schooling in our modern era? Do we?

In the comments section, I hope you might record one or more of your suggested commandments for modern schooling. Sharing our thinking might make for some interesting conversation.

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