I tend to see the world through a lens that have been heavily influenced by Star Wars. As a kid, I remember feeling heartbroken and a little disgusted with Obi-Wan Kenobi as he talked with Luke Skywalker about telling the truth about his father from a certain point of view. Obi-Wan was someone that I had trusted and looked up to, but I was not so sure any more. It was an important life lesson to learn. Now that I am older I realized what Obi-Wan was saying and feel that of all of the wisdom that he shared this is perhaps the most important lesson of all. Learning to examine things from multiple perspectives is a critical skill that we must help our students to learn.
This is the first in a series of posts where I go back and revisit previous articles that I have written all in the spirit of #ThrowBackThursday #TBT
It is hard to believe that it has been five years since this article was published in Teaching for High Potential. At the time, it seemed like a pretty revolutionary idea. In the past few months, I have heard several others talking about when we are going to start thinking about the 22nd Century. I think that the time has come. Let's dig in!
My plan is that (most) every Tuesday I will devote this space to highlighting a technology tool or resource that I actually use and that I feel that could benefit teachers and gifted students. As I have been planning this section, I created a list of tools that I have found to be the most useful for within recent history and have continued to stand the test of time. As I have been working with teachers, parents, and students across the country one tool that I continually go back to again and again is Mentimeter because it helps me to better understand what my learners are thinking and allows me to quickly and easily gathering data. Let’s see what Mentimeter can do and how it can work for you.
The year was 1977. It was a very important year in the life of Brian. For it was in 1977 that something happened that would forever change my view of the world and what was possible.
One of my favorite things about being a teacher has always been the ability to hit the RESET BUTTON. With the beginning of every school year, there is the new promise and potential of what lies ahead. With the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, I am hitting the reset button on this website and on many aspects of my life. Today is a #BrandNewDay
Allow me just a moment to update you and let you know what is changing.