This is a professional development blog for Nottingham Elementary. We'll be discussing books we have read as a group. Our discussions will be focused on gifted children.
I truly got teary-eyed when I read that story about how Don and his students gained opportunity after opportunity at the Super Bowl media day just on their desire to seek more opportunities (Kindle location 1815). I thought about Don's amazing "opportunities are everywhere" for his students and questioned if I am providing, or better yet, actively seeking opportunities for my students. So I googled #OAEproj and I found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8hLN5cMEpg . I also searched #OAEproj on Twitter and found great things that students are doing for others such as giving blankets to the local homeless and video conferences with students from Israel to discuss about the Palestine conflict. In the coming year, I am definitely going to actively seek opportunities for my students.
@Annie 6/18/17 I was teary eyed, too, about the students achieving an interview and actually gaining entrance to continue media experience. I was very impressed with the student questions, and that the teacher knew the sports person from watching 60 Minutes, not a sports channel.
Obesity in Innovation, page 111, was a wonderful example of low levels of technology, but high levels of relationships. I will challenge myself and my students to find ways to make a difference in relationships. There are so many opportunities on campus. Some of the opportunities are quite unique to NHE.
@Melanie I loved how the relationships were what helped the young student. Don started with "when did you give up?" That simple concern opened the conversation and the doors to the problem solving. Amazing.
I agree with Melanie Marshall's response on June 21 regarding the low levels of technology but high levels of relationships, it's important to form meaningful friendship( page 113) and not just " friend" strangers on line. It's good to get supporter s to support you but having a physical body present is valuable too.
The story about he Super Bowl media really brought me to tears. I really find that story so touching and meaningful. I love how Don" always watching for opportunities my students." Page 109. I love that he's always wondering how this persons might be able to enchanted his student's career or learning experience. Page 109. I am in awe of his advice, " but you have to ask ...with passion and urgency." Page 103. Truthfully, I do not seek out ooptunities for students to connect with people. I only do so when I'm at school such as when we had career day and I asked the financial banker to come back for a study on banking and interest for our personal financial literacy unit. Now that seeking out and striking up a conversation is vital tool as educators. I'll be seeking that opportunity more so in the future.