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Justin Schwamm
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I wasn't really sure what to write about today until I read +Maureen Devlin 's excellent post about "Slack and Simmer" ... and then, as soon as I read it, a bunch of things came together and I knew what I needed to say.  Here's my post about "Taking Your Time"

http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/taking-your-time/

and here's Maureen's "Slack and Simmer"

http://teachwellnow.blogspot.com/2014/04/slack-and-simmer.html

In the background, among many other great conversations here, is the site about Liberating Structures that +John Kellden shared a few days ago

http://www.liberatingstructures.com/

So ... how will you, I , or any builder and sustainer of joyful learning communities provide for taking your time within a paradigm where taking time is such a fearful thing?  And how will we encourage Ms. X, Mr. Y, and their many alphabetic equivalents to take their time and examine their assumptions?

+Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +Debbie Pribele +Roger Travis +Emily Lewis +Diana Campbell +Gerol Petruzella +Roz Hussin +Mike Trainum +don arnoldy +Alison Burek +Mark Poole +Brendan Storming +Meg Tufano +Mary Ann Reilly +Pam Moran 
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Today is the first Spring Break day that really felt like a vacation day.  Everybody, including The Dog and The Cat, slept late, and with a leisurely day (and very few plans) ahead, I had time to write a longish blog post and try to connect a whole bunch of threads ... some of which "just happened" to appear in my G+ stream when I woke up this morning.

http://wp.me/pJRHq-1jv or http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/watching-your-words/

What do you think about the hidden assumptions I found behind a "typical" Ms. X outburst?  And how would one go about building and sustaining learning communities with folks whose paradigms are, in some ways, opposed to the very notion of such a thing?

+Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +Debbie Pribele +Roger Travis +Emily Lewis +Diana Campbell +Gerol Petruzella +Roz Hussin +Mike Trainum +don arnoldy +Alison Burek +Brendan Storming +Mark Poole +Meg Tufano +Maureen Devlin +Mary Ann Reilly +Pam Moran +Amy Knepper 
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I think your first step is to find those diamonds in the rough who already share your paradigm and use them to build the foundation of your community. You can't be the only one where you are, even though a lot of people seem trapped by the current system. Trying to build community with others who have fundamental disagreements about the purpose of the thing you're doing may not make for much. Good luck and I hope you find what you're looking for. :)
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This is an interesting analogy ... what do y'all think?  +Jared Cosulich, the author, shared it just now on FB.

+Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +Debbie Pribele +Brendan Storming +Mark Poole +Rebecca McMillan +Rebecca Stees +I. Robitaille +John Kellden 
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+George Station I think maybe it does.  In a post-factory-model educational system (I have to laugh at the thought of the factory model being "traditional" when it's less than 200 years old, but that's another story), I can see a "Yes, fine" or "Maybe, but I need to know more" or "No way! Not that one!" role for parents that's quite similar to the role that (good, attentive) parents have in their teenagers' dating lives and their grown kids' marriage plans.
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Look what just turned up in a FB share - yet another article about small, personal, interest-focused, non-industrial schools getting started.  +Brendan Storming +Rebecca Stees +Rebecca McMillan +I. Robitaille +Mark Poole Any thoughts?
A new school in San Francisco is combining the Silicon Valley startup model with progressive education tactics, creating classrooms as individual entities, using sensoring technologies to track kids' progress, and building tech tools based on teacher requests.
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I also have a multi-age (age 5-11) one room schoolhouse in the bay area !

I find the documenting unique.   
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A great and thought-provoking list!
10 Iconic Teacher Actions That Technology Should Disrupt by Terry Heick A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Can make things a little easier by automating them. It could make a lesson here or...
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This post showed up in my stream earlier, but I (1) can't find the original share and (2) since it inspired my post for today, I wondered if anybody else could help me unpack the hidden and not-so-hidden messages and assumptions behind some of the words the author used.  I found myself agreeing at times, strongly disagreeing at times, puzzled at times, which (mea quidem sententia) makes for an interesting conversational topic.

What do y'all think? +Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +John Kellden +I. Robitaille +Brendan Storming +Mark Poole 
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Yep. I spent some time inside the "new and improved" D2L this weekend for the purposes of testing it, and it gave me a headache even trying to use it. At this point, though, I guess it is exactly what our faculty expect...
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This is an interesting reading of Mitra (and to a lesser degree Prensky and SKR).  I'm not completely convinced, but it's still quite interesting, and I'm glad +Ana Cristina Pratas found and shared it here.

Anybody feel like a deep dive into Rousseau and the Romantics today? +Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +Brendan Storming +I. Robitaille 
Sugata Mitra's edtech pedagogy for online discovery learning read as the nadir of educational Romanticism - a Rousseau-inspired critique
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+Jan Herder I agree: the question about epistemology is very important.  I wonder if Mitra has written anything that would give us a deeper insight into his world view.  When it comes to Mitra, I have to confess I have done more skimming and watching than reading.

Does anybody currently active on this thread have any good sources for us to consult?
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Spring Break.  I guess it technically started early Friday afternoon, with the "early release" (a term I've never favored and now very nearly detest) at the end of the last Snow Makeup Day.  But this was the first weekday without a typical school schedule, and as I slept in (just a bit) and had a relaxing, unrushed early morning with the family, I kept thinking about going through the motions (hard to avoid right before a desperately-needed break) and about the odd views of motivation and motivators inherent in factory-model thinking.  "We've got to motivate them," somebody said to me, "until they're intrinsically motivated," and that seemingly-reasonable claim, which falls completely apart when you look at it closely, probably inspired today's blog post more than I had realized.

http://wp.me/pJRHq-1jq or http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/spring-break-begins/

What do you think? +Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +Debbie Pribele +Roger Travis +Emily Lewis +Diana Campbell +Gerol Petruzella +Roz Hussin +Mike Trainum +don arnoldy +Alison Burek +Brendan Storming +Mark Poole +Meg Tufano +Maureen Devlin +Mary Ann Reilly +Pam Moran 
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+Roz Hussin If we had spring break at a stated time every year, it would probably be in late March. But it "just happens" to be during Easter Week every year, so it moves around. 
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I found this article interesting in that it advocates conversation as playing a critical role in individual and cultural liberation.

The article is long, so in a nutshell.. it talks about how anger, consciousness and challenges to our culture are suppressed through society scapegoating the individual.

This happens through fear being propagated, cloaked within the form of anxiety, which includes empathy for self, world or both, and so what keeps us subordinate is hidden, misunderstood, unknown. We are all deeply fearful but we don't recognise this as fear and further we misjudge it's source. We end up being disenfranchised and unconsciously afraid of recognising and challenging the source, which for the vast majority is the environment, not themselves. A quote:

"Creating or expressing voice. The culture of silence surrounding the public secret needs to be overthrown. Existing assumptions need to be denaturalised and challenged, and cops in the head expelled. The exercise of voice moves the reference of truth and reality from the system to the speaker, contributing to the reversal of perspective – seeing the world through one’s own perspective and desires, rather than the system’s. The weaving together of different experiences and stories is an important way of reclaiming voice. The process is an articulation as well as an expression."

Do you guys think it's credible that potent emotions we rarely confront as a society can repress positive individual and collective actions against parts of that same society? 
Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It 1 Reposted with the kind permission of the Institute for Precarious Consciousness   1:  Each phase of capitalism has its own dominant reactive affect. 2 Each phase of capitalism has a particular...
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+Roz Hussin Note that I listed "differently anxious" (which I'm guessing you and I both were) as well as "less anxious" as options here!  I don't think that you can really generalize about anybody, but I definitely don't think you can generalize about Cognitive Refugees or TCKs, let alone about people who are both-at-once.

And the non-school-school in New Orleans is called Our School at Blair Grocery: http://schoolatblairgrocery.blogspot.com/

Its founder, Nat Turner, "just happens" to be an alumnus of Carleton College, my alma mater.  I think we briefly overlapped, but we didn't really know each other.  In any case, he ended up in New Orleans and I ended up in southeastern North Carolina ... and he and his team have actually done something very much like what I'm wanting to do.  Here's a blog post in which I tried to describe my visit back in August 2012: http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/planting-watching-and-building-i/
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"I'm tired," I thought, "and I don't know what to write about."  But then I found that +John Kellden had shared a remarkable link, and as I read it and thought about it, I saw all kinds of connections with the work the Latin Family has been doing this week ... and the rather different work that Ms. X, Mr. Y, and our very overworked Powers That Be have been trying to accomplish.   Structure is important, but like many other things, it's an excellent servant but a terrible master ... and in factory-model thinking, structure (the way We've Always Done It) easily becomes both master and goal in itself.

http://wp.me/pJRHq-1jl or http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/structured-for-freedom/

In an environment of structure for its own sake, how can you build (and help others build) structures that fulfill larger purposes?  And once you've done it on a small scale, how do you "scale it across" to other environments where that's so desperately needed?

+Laura Gibbs +George Station +Donna Murdoch +Debbie Pribele +Roger Travis +Emily Lewis +Diana Campbell +Gerol Petruzella +Roz Hussin +Mike Trainum +don arnoldy +Alison Burek +Mark Poole +Brendan Storming +Meg Tufano +Maureen Devlin +Mary Ann Reilly +Pam Moran +Gideon Rosenblatt 
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RE:"even if your only audience is you, the dog, and the cat"
THAT... +Justin Schwamm.... hit me in the head...
I need to ponder on that now....
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Long-time high school Latin teacher and founder of the Tres Columnae Project
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Builder of Joyful Learning Communities, primarily for learning Latin, since 1992

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