One of the signs that spring has finally arrived is the Masters Golf Tournament. While I am not a golfer, there is something that I find utterly compelling about this event. Maybe it is the azaleas or the meticulously manicured grass. Maybe it is the multiple day test of endurance and the multitude of changes in the leaderboard. To celebrate the arrival of spring and the Masters, I present Wikipedia Golf: A critical thinking activity where you look for ways that Wikipedia entries are connected.
Let's tee off!
Hello and welcome to the inaugural issue of Inside Brian’s Brain! Thank you for your interest in my work and for joining me on this journey.
Here’s is what you can expect. My goal is to provide you with some free instructional resources related to better serving your gifted students on a monthly basis. While I tend to post ideas on my blog on a more regular basis, I have realized that often some of what is being posted somehow gets lost in the information overload that is life in 2019.
When I started the TED Talks 30 Day Challenge, I was seeking a solution to the problem I was having of not getting enough intellectual stimulation from high quality professional learning experiences. I really wanted to broaden my horizons by stepping outside of the types of sessions that I typically have access to. Early on in the journey, I unknowingly shifted the focus from one that was personal to one that was more for the readers of this blog. As I entered the final stretch, I once again came to the realization that the learning was for me and that any readers that I might have were really secondary to my experience.
Wow! We are now about 2/3 of the way there! This was a week filled with travel to Arizona, but I managed to keep my routine of a TED a Day going strong. Rather than trying to tie what was a pretty random collection of TED Talks, I will provide a brief take away thought from each of this week’s selections and present my selections for next week.
I recently become enamored with the podcast Everything is Alive hosted by Ian Chillag and is a series of interviews with inanimate objects. As I thought more and more about what I love about this podcast, I slowly realized that anthropomorphism and personification are everywhere and can make for some excellent creative products.
We are almost half way there. In this week's update, I will cover the big ideas that I gleaned from last week's seven TED Talks and announce the next seven. Special thanks to Cindy Sheets, Elaine Haukdel Chesebro, Krissy Venosdale, Lena Deskins, Susan Daniels, and Suzanne Dixon for their recommendations. I am still looking for more ideas of MUST WATCH TED Talks. Please share your ideas with me.
The first five days of the TED Talks 30 Day Challenge are DONE! In today’s post, I will cover what I have learned so far and announce the next 7 talks on my list. Thanks to everyone who made a suggestion for a MUST SEE TED Talk. Special thanks to Susan Solomon, Magdalena Fitzsimmons, Jane Gorman, Kimberly Moore Jackson, Alicia Richwine, Ben Lacina, Christie Tate Ray, Linda Zillig, Joanne Sackett, Ruth Lyons, Sylvan Taylor, and Krissy Venosdale whose recommendations made the list for this week. I will be going back through the list to pull more next week, but I would love even more recommendations.
In an effort to have more fuel for my thinking, part of my 2019 goals have been to make better use of the services that my public library has to offer. I have really been enjoying browsing the stacks and also reading more books through the Libby App which offers ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. I just finished reading Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work! And I am kind of obsessed with his style and way of thinking. I only wish that I had read this book 5 years ago. Here are 3 BIG IDEAS that I gleaned from this must read and why I think you should share this with gifted kids.
For the month of February, I am taking a personal challenge to watch a TED Talk A Day for 30 days. Certainly this idea is not a new one, but it is new one for me. Here’s my plan and why I am doing this.
Hello, my name is Brian. I am a GEEK.
This is the way that I have been introducing myself at conferences and workshops for a while now. Although growing up in the 1980s, the term was meant to be derogatory and was hardly something to be proud of. Yet today, many boldly wave their Geek Flag high. Things have certainly changed since the days of Revenge of the Nerds, but have you ever wondered about the terms like GEEK and NERD and what they really mean?
Let’s find out!