Day 81 (of 183) regarding connections and relationships with thanks to @sirkenrobinson #blog4MH
@sirkenrobinson tweeted out an article about the 4th industrial revolution. We are indeed in changing times where our pace of change is exponential rather than linear; in the past you could “see” how the stem engine would impact _____ but today new disruptors are being introduced faster than at any other point in our history http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond
the big quote takeaway for me that got me thinking: “Constant connection may deprive us of one of life’s most important assets: the time to pause, reflect, and engage in meaningful conversation.”
and I’m wondering if that’s why I am doing some of the things I do – such as the blog-each-day-of-learning that “I” use for reflection (and as a way to have my journal of thoughts more easily accessible to my kids than how long it took me to stumble upon my dads writings.
it’s partly why even though I’m “techno”-landy – I am a firm believer and supporter of “being outside” and promoting mindful use of technology (I prefer using tech to create not just consume content). The competencies of communication, critical & creative thinking etc are far more important to me than memorizing a list of spelling words for a finite amount of time.
It’s also why I value relationships as I do: even today we had a student make a mistake and lose his cool and he assumed that he would lose his play date. But he already lost one earlier in the week. Today’s “opportunity to play” was based on his restitution practice over the previous two days where we set goals that he achieved…..so short of punching the friend, the play date would occur….and it did (great 3 days if we ignore the minor “tagged or not tagged controversy).
In other words meaningful connections continue to be the most important part of the learning journey…..especially for those who struggle with creating and/or maintaining relationships. I still recall a discussion with PAC over an early version of a “self regulation” room that my VP put together – basically wondering why the ‘bad kids’ should be rewarded. This is where Dwecks growth mindset comes in handy. The kids going to the crows nest needed opportunities to make break and reform friendships. And they did. And they continue to do so even in a world where things do change quickly. Maybe “especially” in a world where things change quickly.
And even more so in a world where so much personalization can occur….why not education.