TED Talks When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories.
I'm sitting in my hotel room having just given a Google Lit Trips presentation at the California League of Schools conference in beautiful Monterey California.
Having turned the general focus of my presentations towards the impact on both the teaching and learning of literary reading of the Common Core Standards and the position I think Google Lit Trips addresses in this controversial conversation.
In checking out TED Talks, by coinicidence or by fate, I decided to watch this video about the trajectory of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's career as it was encouraged by great teachers.
Watch and be inspired to reflect on the students you may have inspired in spite, not only of their challenges, but also in light of the circumstances under which you were able to be that inspiration. What oppoortunity did you see? What did you do or say? And if you had to defend the pedagogical basis upon which you were able to sieze the moment, what made it work?
I am reminded of the time I heard Ansel Adams explain how it was that he was so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time so often. He quoted Louis Pasteur who once said perhaps in a response to a similar question, " Chance favors the prepared mind."
Teach long enough and you'll come across a former student or two for whom you had never realized the extent of the impact of a single comment you had made who from out of nowhere lets you know how much you meant to him or her.
During my last 10 or so years in the classroom, I gave an assignment to my satire students "requiring them" to communicate with me 10 years from the date of the last class meeting to let me know whether the class had any lasting value now that they would have been out of high school for a decade "living in the real world."
And, I'll be darned if I don't hear from quite a few of them; pretty much all of whom are eager to let me know that their appreciation grew rather than diminished as the years past.
"because literary reading brings much needed wisdom to the Information Age."