BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery #TED #GrowthMindset #PlayPassionPurpose

A wonderful story of the Growth Mindset and the power of making room to pursue passion through play…

When I was 14 years old, I had low self-esteem. I felt I was not talented at anything.

One day, I bought a yo-yo. When I tried my first trick, it looked like this. I couldn’t even do the simplest trick, but it was very natural for me, because I was not dextrous, and hated all sports. But after one week of practicing, my throws became more like this. A bit better. I thought, the yo-yo is something for me to be good at, for the first time in my life. I found my passion. I was spending all my time practicing. It took me hours and hours a day to build my skills up to the next level.

= = =

As a result of these efforts, and the help of many others,it happened.I won the World Yo-Yo Contest againin the artistic performance division.I passed an audition for Cirque du Soleil.Today, I am standing on the TED stagewith the yo-yo in front of you.


What I learned from the yo-yo is,if I make enough effort with huge passion,there is no impossible.

Schools: Would you score 50% on critical thinking allowance?

As a school, if you declare that you teach “critical thinking,” if you claim to develop this one of the 7 C’s of 21st C learning, then how much time and attention do you devote to divergent thinking? How much space and freedom do you allow for this 50% of meta-cognition? For faculty? For parents? For students? For administration?

Measuring Creativity: We Have the Technology

Or would you likely get a “50” on your report card for creative critical thinking allowance?


Above and Beyond – Partnership for 21st C Skills and Peter Reynolds


In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the 3R’s they are tested on in school. It’s time to help them go “above & beyond”, by embracing the 4Cs –communicationcollaborationcritical thinking and creativity.

To get the word out to about the “3Rs + 4Cs” approach, P21 and FableVision partnered to produce a short, animated film called Above & Beyond. Enjoy & share, so we can help ALL our students flourish in the 21st century.

238 Provocations for School 3.0 – John Maeda’s TEDGlobal 2012 Talk #School3pt0

There are at least 238 provocations for School 3.0 in “John Maeda: How art, technology, and design inform creative leaders.”

I see ideations for such things as form + content, networking diagrams for learning communities, play leading to powerful discovery, and 235 more!

What do you see?

How intelligent are you? vs. How are you intelligent?

Jenn G. at Unboundary sent me this video of Sir Ken Robinson’s 20-minute talk at Zeitgeist 2012.

A few of the highlights for me occur as Robinson detailed:

  • conformity vs. diversity
  • compliance vs. creativity
  • organized vs. organic
  • how creative are you? vs. how are you creative?
  • how intelligent are you? vs. how are you intelligent?

We must all work together to ensure that education – and “education” is much more all-encompassing than just formalized school – is consistently moving further to the right column.

Robinson concluded with this quote from H.G. Wells:

Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.