For me, the gift of blogging is providing myself with a vehicle to ‘think’ about issues and formalizing my own thoughts on different topics. Some thoughts sit with me for a very long time before I get around to exploring them further by teasing them out in writing.
I’ve touched on this one many times over the life of this blog. It’s always under the guise of encouraging lifelong learning. My thoughts are many and varied – just use the keywords ‘lifelong learning’ to search NovaNews to find my thoughts and ideas.
I aspire to lifelong learning myself and fervently hope that all those of us in the teaching game also reach out to constantly challenge themselves with new thoughts and new ideas and to discover and savour the joy of lifelong learning.
At the end of it all though, is our stated aim to inspire the students in our schools to become lifelong learners so that they are able to set their own challenges and be lead along a path which may quench their thirst for learning.
Some time ago, I came across this fabulous infographic created by Mia MacMeekin. Just now I’ve been re-visiting it, thinking about the keywords used and the thought bubbles created under each. This infographic, I realize, encapsulates so many of the thoughts and words that I’ve been sharing here on NovaNews or spoken about to colleagues over a cuppa or presented at conferences or meetings.
How great it would be to inspire our students with the many thoughts included in this infographic. Indeed how great it would be to inspire educators to get on board and modify some of their daily routines by considering and adopting some of these thoughts.
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Being one of those people who likes to make a noise – constantly – about the value of reading and being one who just doesn’t understand why it is that the entire education sector doesn’t get the message about the value and importance of reading in the overall school curriculum, I couldn’t resist posting a tweet together with this infographic a couple of weeks ago:
Take note school admins! Haven’t TLs been saying this for years?
One thing’s for sure though – I intend sharing it with my students at school! It’s too much of a gem to not share!!
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Yes – all of us – most especially women – take pride in being able to multitask. But whether it is good for us and whether the end result of quality of task achievement is being positively or negatively impacted has probably become one of those $64 questions!
As suggested in a Forbes report last week, multitasking is not all that it’s racked up to be.
Reporting on recent research conducted at Stanford University, Travis Bradbury in his article: Multitasking damages your brain and your career, new studies suggest outlines some of the fundamental misconceptions about multitasking. Those who multitask
- are less productive
- cannot pay attention
- are unable to recall information
- have difficulty switching from one task to another
- have poorer concentration skills
- have worse organizational skills
- have less ability to attend to details
- lower their IQ
Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.
Yet, most teachers will attest to the fact that students today, which equates to the entire Gen Z who populate our schools, constantly engage in multitasking. When in fact, was the last time, you saw a student in your classroom doing just one thing at a time?!
For educators, The question becomes whether or not we are rearing a generation whose intelligence and organizational and operational skills will be totally compromised unless we start acting like policeman in our schools to actively stop them from doing what they are constantly doing: multitasking!
Addressing this very issue, Katie Lepi included this great infograph in an Edudemic article: How much multitasking should be done in the classroom? (July 12, 2014) It is no surprise that many of the statements raised in the Stanford study also appear here:
So what’s happening in your classroom, your school, your life?
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