Sometimes I think our students’ learning is too fragmented. What if there was more collaboration across disciplines and students had the chance to demonstrate how they connected the dots, put all their learning together into one final product? Of course, they’d share their thinking and process along the way.
Reading @Braddo Reading @AustinKleon continues as Show Your Work: A Networked Reading
The old writing adage holds true with student work: Show, don’t tell!
I love John Green’s question: “is there a way that we can use this technology to build places for engagement, instead of just places for distraction? ” As Douglas Rushkoff has pointed out, yes the youth of today are digital natives, but they’re thoroughly worked over by social media. It’s not just the digital natives by the way. We all need to act more and not let ourselves be acted up, in other words: Program, Or Be Programmed.
I’ve been stealing ideas from Austin Kleon for my classroom for about five years now and I’m thrilled to have other teachers join in the looting. Brad Ovenell-Carter started blogging his reading of Kleon’s new book Show Your Work over a month ago and since then I’ve been itching to join in the fray and blog my reading of his reading.
I’m starting 76 pages into Ovenell-Carter’s reading and that doesn’t bother me. It also doesn’t bother me that I’ll be working backwards and forwards as he continues. We’re getting all McLuhan on Kleon’s little book, ya hear!
I’m floored by flow of ideas and insight that this process encourages and I can’t wait to see how all these things will blossom, wilt, flower. Feel free to join in the conversation.
A note on the process: While I’m jealous of Ovenell-Carter’s hand-drawn work (and I dig his handwritting—those loops!), I decided to differentiate our ideas by diving into a digital toolbox, namely Skitch for Evernote.
Twenty years ago today I flew into Seattle for Sub Pop Record’s birthday celebration only to be greeted at the airport with the somber news of Kurt Cobain’s death. The party went on, but not even great sets from Sunny Day Real Estate and Velocity Girl could lighten the atmosphere of that weekend. Imagine all the music that could have been…