Friday, July 28, 2017

WEEK of AUG 5 POST (a bit early) 2/3 of Book Complete

I replied to a lot of people.  I have many people who are still not blogging.  I suppose I can send an email to encourage participation.  It is the only way I have a record of anyone's time too, since we are not having a meeting.
Anyways, I was hopeful that my dear friend Tresel Vick would blog with us, especially when the math graph came up around page 120 or so.  I am not a great math mind; however, what I was able to take away from that section is that mastery is not really ever completely and totally reachable.  This will blow some individuals' minds.  This will really bother some people.  I, however, get that and understand it.  I do not think it makes me any less motivated to try my best and continue to improve.
Remember a blog is supposed to be analogous to an online conversation.  I am requesting that you either create a new post or you respond to someone's post.  I hope you are enjoying the end of July.........

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017 Part I Drive

I am going to take a few of the sections of text that made me really think, and put them out to all of you for your consideration.

"Indeed, most scandals and misbehavior that have seemed endemic to modern life involve shortcuts."

As a society we are a quick fix and get 'er done fast group.  I believe that there are many things in life that are tough, challenging and simply put require a lot of work.  I equate this to the instruction of writing.  Students and some teachers look for a quick way to get students to write the answer.  There is nothing quick about writing, even for the best writers.  Writing requires thinking and getting those ideas out; it requires looking at what you have written and seeing whether or not it will communicate to your audience effectively.  I think with school and education we try to make things easier (mostly because we care about kids) and sometimes (or more often in life) things are not easy.

"Rewards, by their very nature, narrow our focus.  That's helpful when there's a clear path to a solution.  They help us stare ahead and race faster."

I included this section from page 42 simply because it makes me think about what it does to creativity.  There was a great deal in this section that spoke to creativity and how it can be halted with extrinsic rewards. 

"Instead, give people meaningful information about their work.  The more feedback focuses on specifics (great use of color) -- and the more the praise is about effort and strategy rather than about achieving a particular outcome-- the more effective it can be."

I read Carol Dweck and GROWTH MINDSET all over this one.......................

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Welcome Summer 2017 BCSD Book Bloggers

Before you read....

Before you read Drive, I encourage you to go to the following site and complete the survey. It takes approximately 5 minutes.

What type are you?  I was surprised by my "type".

Summer Blog/ Reading Schedule

July 10 - 21            Read pages 1-79. Respond to the post 
                               and respond to at least 1 comment.

July 24 -                 Read pages 83-152.  Respond to the new post 
August 5                 and respond to at least 1 comment.

August 7-19           Read pages 153-226.  Respond to the new post 
                              and respond to at least 1 comment.