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Kenneth Olson
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Trying to learn a little, grow a little, and think a little everyday.
Trying to learn a little, grow a little, and think a little everyday.

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New post on playing like you practice.
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Long post in which I think a little more about math.
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New blog post on the future of education.
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Some musings on my inability to find time for exercise.
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Childhood item.  

I really enjoyed the article on the gears, even though it is well outside my normal thinking as I am not a very mechanical person.  The object from my childhood that sparked my imagination and learning was an American Revolutionary War replica rifle that I bought at Disney world when I was 7 in 1976.  

During the summer of 1975 our local park had an encampment of Revolutionary War re-in-actors.  To me it seemed as if the redcoats had returned and the summer held wondrous possibilities for adventure.  That encampment sparked a desire in me to learn more about the Revolutionary War, and eventually about American History in general, but it was the rifle I bought at Disney that brought this learning to life.  Armed with it, I would venture forth to the park-as the re-in-actors returned in 1976, and seek out adventure.  I would speak to the people staying there, and expand my knowledge.  As I grew, I put away the rifle, and picked up every book I could find on American History and continued my learning well into adulthood, and even to today.

Week 2 Posting:  Sorry for the lateness of this.  The most interesting part of the readings this week came from Joi Ito and dealt with his living in Dubai to seek new experiences.  This struck home for me as this whole year has been about new experiences for me.  I find it extremely true that when we get out of our comfort zones, we begin to see things with fresh eyes and can contemplate the world and our work in ways that we normally do not.  

I have a further question from the video of Joi speaking.  Towards the end, in a statement that I agree with, he speaks of schools needing to be disorganized rather than taking disorganization away and replacing it with the following of rules.  My question, as a high school administrator, is when you embrace disorganization, does it lead to more chaos and less learning?  How can you overcome this, particularly with teens?  At our school this year we have tried to empower our learners, but this empowerment has lead to entitlement.  My fear is disorganization will lead to a learning environment, where little is learned.
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