Monday, April 26, 2010

Reframing Failure

In contemplating over the weekend about the final 4 weeks of the school year, and reflecting on the days, weeks, & quarters passed, I came to a realization.

As we struggle, so do we learn. It has been an amazing year, full of ups & downs, change & challenge. It is sometimes easy to focus on the missed opportunities, the mistakes, & perceived failures of the past. I believe this goes for students as well. So, in my attempt to reframe my thoughts around failure I came across some inspirational quotes & thought I'd share them. So, beginning with my own attempt, here they are.

Here's to a GREAT finish to a remarkable school year!

"If at first we do not succeed, failures we do not make, rather, life gives us another opportunity to take." -- MJVannice

"Do not fear mistakes. There are none." -- Miles Davis

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
-- Henry Ford

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -- Confucius

"I have not failed once. I've just found 10,000 ways that didn't work." -- Thomas Edison

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

"Failure is success if we learn from it." -- Malcolm Forbes

"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." -- Thomas A. Edison

"Fall seven times, stand up eight." -- Japanese Proverb

"Stumbling is not falling." -- Portuguese Proverb

Educational Change

Here are some random thoughts related to the process and creation of a student centered, teacher directed system of education.

How do we foster resiliency, open access to education, build capacities within our schools and students, & foster accountability, best practices, and community?
Education and learning at its core is meant to be transformative rather than additive.

Lifelong learning and professional and personal growth are connected with the changes facing our schools today. The changes we face require transformation. The initiatives, legislation, etc. may be cumbersome in regard to practical application, however the strategies we choose to employ in meeting the needs of our students are not additive but substantive.

In this spirit, the strategies we develop should be consciously determined so as not to "pile-on" but to expand our capacity to build resilient and self-determined members of our community.

So, aside from the adoption of major programmatic changes how do we embrace this spirit without overwhelming the system?

Friday, April 2, 2010

TBI-Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury--Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, can pose  enduring and sometimes devastating obstacles for young children and  adults. Treatment and intervention opportunities are essential for attaining lifelong goals. The video below was created and posted to YouTube in the Spring of 2009. It is an amalgamation of YouTube clips and other public access video.