Quote: "a collective...is a collection of people, skills, and talent that produces a result that is greater than the sum of its parts." p.52
Question: How do I make sure that when students work in groups, the work is equally distributed?
Connection: In my classroom I found that when working in groups you can never assign work that is truly fair.
Epiphany/aha: The point in group work is to create work that is greater than the sum of its parts. As a group students can produce better work than they can individually.
Quote: "In the new culture of learning, the bad news is that we rarely find any final answers. But the good news is that we get to play again and we may find even more satisfactions in continuing the search." p.73
Question: How do I get my students to enjoy the search just as much as finding the answer?
Connection: In my classroom I recently had students do a search on a career. I gave them one website they could search but I told them that they could use the internet to search from multiple sources.
Epiphany/aha: In order for the search to be enjoyable, the assignment and the tools given to them have to be fun too.
Quote: "Students learn best when they are able to follow their passion and operate within the constraints of a bounded environment". p.79
Question: How can I find out what students are truly passionate about?
Connection: In my class I give out a survey at the beginning of the semester to find out about my students. I ask them about their likes and dislikes but I have never asked them about their passions.
Epiphany: I need to allow my students an opportunity to learn about something they are truly passionate about. I think I am going to do this in my Spanish class and give them extra credit for this.
Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky.: [CreateSpace?].