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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Element

I previously referenced one of my favorite sites on the web, ted.org.  I actually first discovered TEDTalks when my mother e-mailed me a link to listen to Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 talk, in which he discusses the following question: Do Schools Kill Creativity? Here it is, about 20 minutes in length, but well worth a listen, especially if you work with kids.

Robinson is slated to be the keynote speaker at an upcoming ed-tech conference that I hope to attend, and he has a new book coming out in January detailing what he calls “the element.” A book description from his website:

The Element is the place where passion and skill meet. People find The Element when they engage in the thing that they love that they are also especially good at doing. This leads to more than just a sense of personal satisfaction. Being in The Element insulates people against unpredictable changes and leads to a more flexible and productive society. The new paradigm of The Element has a profound impact on education, corporations, organizations, and, especially individuals. It is available to every person who knows how to find it. The Element is an enlightening tour through this new paradigm. Illustrated by stories, many based on exclusive interviews, of celebrities, entrepreneurs, scientists, and other highly accomplished people who have found The Element, it is as entertaining as it is profound.

More here on the man and his work.

TEDTalks are also available as podcasts that you can subscribe to and download through iTunes. Ken Robinson’s is one I keep on my iPod at all times, and I listen to it each time I need some inspiration and/or a shot of humor as I ponder the possibilities. I feel fortunate to work in a place that encourages and provides opportunities to express creativity, both from the adults in this environment and the students. I love what I do, and I’m working on being “especially good” at it. My quest for The Element continues...have you found it?

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