Being Big Enough to be Wrong

I watch the occasional TED presentation — if you haven’t done so I recommend it.  Each video lasts about 5-10 minutes and they are typically very conversational in nature as well as thought provoking.  Often the speakers are scientists, authors, athletes — someone who is an expert in their field.

One that I’ve watched a couple of times is by Julia Galef:

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Looking Ahead to 2018 – The Importance of Empathy

I’m a dreamer of sorts.  I believe that every day we have the potential to live in an increasingly sympathetic world — a world where we not just tolerate our differences, but a world where we accept and celebrate each other.   Some days I see progress, and other days I watch the news on TV.

I remember very few things from my teacher training in the mid-80s.   One thing I actually DO remember spending a TON of time learning and implementing was a teaching model of Science education.  The model outlined various actions to be accomplished — the ‘boxes’ that we were required to fill-in were called ‘teacher actions’ and ‘student actions’.  It was elegantly simple, but also particularly time consuming to write out for every lesson.  At the time, it seemed to make some good sense as it laid out the lesson really well — and for a newly minted teacher, I was grateful for the structure it provided me and my lesson planning.

empathy 5However, even back then I felt like it was missing the point in a big way —  it never considered the students as people with different traits, needs, emotions and perceptions.  It was completely missing the importance of empathy.

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SOGI – Building Understanding, Acceptance and a Sense of Belonging

I Remember the Day my Best Friend ‘came out’ to Me

I think it was in 1985 — I can’t be sure though — it was a really long time ago.  We had been friends for quite awhile — since high school.  I had been to his home many times and he to mine.  We traveled on high school trips together.  We played Friday night pick-up hockey at 11:30 pm.  I had been to his family ranch outside of Calgary a number of times.  We did lots of stuff together.  Great friendship.

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Brain Research – How It’s Revolutionizing Learning

I’m a Bit of a Science Geek

My children might argue that it’s more than a “bit”.  I really love how science consistently works to validate ideas and increase our understanding of the world.  And I love how it actually creates more questions than it answers — Science is a never-ending series of inquiries that delve deeper and deeper into areas of discovery.

Here’s a sprinkling of my passion for Science:

  • My first degree was in Zoology;
  • I was a Chemistry, Science and Math teacher;
  • I enjoy reading all kinds of science articles and watching YouTube clips from people like Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson;
  • The study of brain biology and how it relates to learning fascinates me;

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