It’s once again time to close this situation down and shift over to my new blog for the 2014 - 2015 school year.
If you’d like to access blogs from years past you can visit Artists in the Classroom - it houses them all as well as some related others.
Wishing everyone a beautiful and fulfilling new school year! :)
NEW BLOG: Artists in the Classroom (14-15)
PBS News Hour: Connecting Strength and Vulnerability of the Creative Brain: Why have so many creative minds suffered from mental illness?
By Nancy Andreasen
"A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness."
Meat & Potatoes / Golden Lines:
"Many creative people are polymaths, people with broad interests in many fields—a common trait among my study subjects."
"One thing I’ve learned from this line of questioning is that creative people work much harder than the average person—and usually that’s because they love their work."
"Many creative people are autodidacts. They like to teach themselves, rather than be spoon-fed information or knowledge in standard educational settings."
"So far, this study—which has examined 13 creative geniuses and 13 controls—has borne out a link between mental illness and creativity similar to the one I found in my Writers’ Workshop study. The creative subjects and their relatives have a higher rate of mental illness than the controls and their relatives do (though not as high a rate as I found in the first study), with the frequency being fairly even across the artists and the scientists. The most-common diagnoses include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or panic disorder, and alcoholism. I’ve also found some evidence supporting my early hypothesis that exceptionally creative people are more likely than control subjects to have one or more first-degree relatives with schizophrenia."
Sonya Jacobs ‘14 interviews Chris Schuck as he reflects on his 28 years at La Jolla Country Day School.
This is a farewell video to the La Jolla Country Day community from my 5th grade English teacher, Mr. Schuck, who served the community for 28 years, eventually taking on the role of headmaster.
He is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.
And one of the most exemplary human beings I’ve met.
Thank you Mr. Schuck, for everything you taught us, both intentionally and without even trying.
With best wishes.
A tradition now in it’s 5th year: on the very last hour of the last day of school the whole Cesar Chavez community gathers together out on the yard to celebrate the end of the year with dance. This began back in 2010 with Ms. Adelina, the principal at the time, asked that we all do a dance together on the last day of school. Surprisingly, everyone knew the choreography, or followed along, and ever since we’ve been doing all of the major dances we learn on the last day of school.
Thank you Jeanne Marie Hallacy of Jamestown for the photos from which these excerpts were taken:
Big Think: Jane Hyun: How to Bridge the Power Gaps in Your Organization
By Marco della Cava
"Google is putting $50 million into a broad campaign to make coding seem cooler for girls, thereby helping a growing shortfall in the number of American candidates for computer programming jobs.."
By Spencer Kagan
My Favorite header from this article is :
“TEXTING AND MIND-WANDERING RESULT FROM NON-ENGAGING INSTRUCTION “
When I was a TA in college there were always big debates taking place in my department about whether the internet should be left on or turned off during lecture - from some professors perspectives, college freshmen didn’t yet possess the discipline and self-regulatory skills to abstain from FB or Twitter and really focus on the content at hand. The conclusion I came to then - and maintain to this day - is: 'if you can't hold my attention, you don't deserve it.' I always had a difficult time understanding why this was / is such an issue. As an educator it’s my job to bring fun, engaging, interesting activities to the table. And if I don’t, well, the students will let me know by not paying attention; clearly, if what’s happening on my smartphone is more interesting than what’s going on in class there’s a problem with instruction.
By Valerie Strauss
Could it be the case that some reforms with promise are failing because teachers can’t or don’t form the kinds of relationships needed to make them work?
"…We set out this example to highlight that there is another, often hidden power at work in our organizations: relationships. We know intuitively that strong relationships are the underpinning of successful organizations but we pay little attention to this fact as we design and implement complex change….
….Perhaps most critically…. these more “emotionally” laden relationships are important as they indicate something about the “quality” of the ties. Our own work as well as others suggests that these types of relationships are critical in supporting change. Absent these ties, in which individuals can engage in risk taking and exposing vulnerabilities, deeper work and the changes in practice may be inhibited…”
Research by Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly
By Nathan Schneider
"In the Silicon Valley lexicon, disruption is such an overused buzzword that even sunglasses are capable of it. But disruption impacts people’s lives every day—the lives of vulnerable workers."
Katiekouric.com: How To Achieve Mindfulness
By Suza Scalora
"….A phrase written by Tolle reverberated within Gordhamer: "Instead of asking, ‘what do I want from life?’ a more powerful question is, ‘what does life want from me?’ The answer for Gordhamer manifested in the form of a book: Wisdom 2.0…."