We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.
I love John Green
As a huge oversight, I had not yet posted this hear. Check out how I came to know nano.
A fascinating video about online education from CGP Grey
I’m fascinated by science and technology, which is why I’ve been attending the University of Waterloo for Nanotechnology Engineering for the last two years. However, my real passion lays in creation and collaboration. Those magical moments where ideas and concepts click in to place, either in a project, a classroom, or alone with a book (or these days, the web). I want to help create those sorts of moments for people. I want to teach, but more than facts I want to help people uncover the way things fit together. In my experience, this type of teaching takes hard work and creativity. I find ideas are more often understood when they’re jiggled and stretched before they’re laid out flat. When they’re expressed through imagery and narrative. When the students are taught how to connect the dots themselves. I find all of this fascinating, and I want to get better at it, I think it’s something that matters. And the nano part was a logical choice for me, since when I first learned about it, it seemed more like magic then reality, and because many of the pieces have locked together for me in my last couple years of study.
*Note: This was a part of my application to YouTube’s Next Up Edu Guru Program*
What sorts of things (specific or vague) are you interested in learning about in or out of the classroom?
That is so close.
My preordered copy of TFIOS still has not been signed or bookplated.
He is at a conference on education and social media with such awesome people as Vihart and CPG Grey. Not to mention Minute Physics.
I want to learn more about social media and education strategies and hang out with awesome people. Uncomferences seem awesome in general as well.
I have class and homework though, so no just hanging out at PI for me.
I really wish I could go to brainSTEM though.
This is blowing my mind.
I think I’ll just carry TFIOS around with me for the next two days.