Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I am writing something in PaddyWop because I really have nothing to say today, I figured if I went back to a venue that I used to be very productive in, then I might actually write down something that someone finds interesting and valuable to read.

I would love to start my own pulp magazine or website, which was filled with stories and poetry that I write myself. I am a teacher by practice, and I hope that I may teach writing in the Natalie Goldbery way. Just write, I think that her method fits in very nicely with what is called pulp speed writing. Pulp speed writing simply means producing 1,000, 000 words per year. That means writing 3000 words everyday, rain or shine.  That is a lot of words....a lot of words.

So we will try to use these rules of writing. Life has no order,

1.  Once you start, Keep your fingers moving.
2. Lose control
3. Be specific
4. Do not think
5.. Do not worry about punctuation, spelling or grammar
6. Feel free to write junk
7. Go for the jugular

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Monday, September 02, 2013

To the "barricades"

Here is a cross post from 6AM thoughts. I discovered a new type of "school" that is spreading across the Netherlands. It includes so many ideas that I have thought about and tried actually in a face to face world. Rather than try to write about them I thought that I would just embed a video that describes the school so well. Let me know what you think.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Teaching Students in Digital Reality

"Students still need guidance, so that part of the job is still very much relevant. Students also need knowledge to be explained, and shown how it all fits together. In other words, teachers and schools are still required"

The above statement serves as the standard apology for the school paradigm. It is almost mandatory to be included in some form in any article or video that calls for a new way of learning or you will be branded a radical with nothing to say. It is what prevents and real change from taking place. The classroom of school where things are explained and fit together in the patterns of prevailing world view needs to give way to a conversation where information is fit together in a collective analysis. School was not friendly to Einstein, to Bill Gates, to Steve Jobs, to Ken Robinson. The essential power that human beings now have to access the sum total of human knowledge from their hand (smart phone) make school, as it is presently professionally organized, not only irrelevant, but a hindrance to human creativity.

"Information is now available to anyone who is connected, and is available practically whenever they want." is a brilliant insight that does not need to be apologized for. We no longer need a professional teacher class teaching a fixed body of knowledge. We need to share the code of the alphabet and other literacies with learners and join them in the social construction of reality through past experiences, present data input, and future rearranging of the elements of reality. We do not need to learn to think outside of the box, we need to throw the box away.

Longest Railroad Video on You Tube!!!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love trains and the blues. Well I found a video that claims to be the longest train video (real life) currently on You Tube. It is almost 2 hours long:). I was in heaven. I have embedded it into this post. Enjoy any or all of it.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A video statement of philosophy

I have created a video about my philosophy of education. I hope that you enjoy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

For, in truth, custom is a violent and treacherous schoolmistress. She, by little and little, slily and unperceived, slips in the foot of her authority, but having by this gentle and humble beginning, with the benefit of time, fixed and established it, she then unmasks a furious and tyrannic countenance, against which we have no more the courage or the power so much as to lift up our eyes. We see her, at every turn, forcing and violating the rules of nature: "Usus efficacissimus rerum omnium magister." -Montaigne
A friend of mine invited me to a book discussion on some essays of Michael Montaigne. The above quotation came from an essay entitled "Of Custom, and that We should Not Easily Change a Law Received". He goes on to say "if we consider what we have ordinary experience of, how much custom stupefies our senses." We sell ourselves to the habit of custom so that we can expand the quantity of existence without any thought to the tyranny that we accept so that we lose all of the creativity and originality of our humanity. And then something happens that liberates us from the prison of age and expectations. We do not know how to cope with the backlash that awaits us because the weight of society beats us down, makes us conform.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013