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Stretching Forward » Blog Archive » The dream is alive

Stretching Forward » Blog Archive » The dream is alive | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

This real teacher dares to think big and fill her student's heads with words to inspire..."Mark my words, I will get to space one day."  The power of one teacher saying something as simple as this is beyond description.

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Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates at Gettysburg College

Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates at Gettysburg College | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

This month, Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz, addressed departing Gettysburg College seniors and imparted upon them, through anecdotes from her own remarkable story, a handful of beautiful aspirations to live by, summarized below.

 

 "We’ve become a society seeking instant gratification. We want simple answers, clear pathways to success. Life does not work that way. And instead of looking for answers all the time, my wish for you is that you get comfortable living the questions."

 

Novogratz’s four pieces of advice, synthesized:

 

1. Focus on being interested, not on being interesting — don’t fall for status, seek opportunities that help you grow. (Cue in Paul Graham on prestige -http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/)

 

Focus more on listening and learning — the rest will come.

 

2. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. (Cue in Hugh MacLeod on ignoring everybody - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/#macleod)

 

Take risks. Ask the “dumb” questions. Fail if you have to, and then get up and do it again.

 

3. Avoid cynicism. Pessimists can tell you what’s wrong with the world, but it’s the optimists who set out to change it. (Cue in E. B. White on the duty to elevate rather than lower down - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/17/e-b-white-paris-review-interview/)

 

Inspiring hope in a cynical world might be the most radical thing you can possibly do. Hope may not feed us, but it is hope that sustains us.

 

4. Build on what came before. (Because we know creativity is combinatorial - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/08/01/networked-knowledge-combinatorial-creativity/)

 

Before you finished getting out of bed, brushing your teeth with clean tap water, putting on clothes, making breakfast, turning off the light, walking out the door, you are benefiting from the work of hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals from all around the world. They all deserve your spirit of generosity. So walk with humility and reverence for the human endeavor, and know it’s your job to help take that endeavor forward.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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The Homeroom Is a Home

The Homeroom Is a Home | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Read about middle grades math teacher and coach Jose Vilson's journey..."Not everyone invests themselves into any set of children the way I learned to do that first year. But when I did, the homeroom became a home. For all of us."

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Must See Videos from Teacher Channel

Must See Videos from Teacher Channel | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Must see TV move over....the Teaching Channel was one year old on June 8, 2012 -- Take a look at their Top 10 videos are quick, easy, entertaining ways to get some infusion of new ideas and inspiration

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