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Igniting the Spark at OTRK12

The  On the Rise K12  conference kicked off with a wonderful keynote by  Stephen Hurley.   Several things Stephen talked about resonated with me from a life perspective.

Your life is a journey,  and it is important to share  YOUR  story.  We all have a story to tell,  and we learn from each other.  Period.   So lets unpack this a bit.

Part of your journey is to discover your passion.  In the end, it is your passions that will drive you forward to learn something new,  ask a new question,  explore a new piece of information,  dialog with a new contact … etc.   Each new ‘node’ on the journey is the impetus for moving to the next.  “Passions NEVER die“. 

I loved hearing Stephen telling his own story about his passion for radio – the discovery, the learnings, the explorations, the successes and how technology was an enabler for him to move forward and pursue his passions further.

I enjoyed Stephen’s exploration and emphasis on the “metaphors we live by”.  Well done.  As educators considering the 3 key engagement elements of social, institutional and intellectual, I encourage you to consider these points:

    • how do we best ignite the curiosity spark to help students find their passion?

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    • within our educational context,  what actions do we take to keep student passions alive?

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    • how can we be flexible enough to create the path forward for  students to pursue their passion without being in their way?

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Many thanks Stephen for prompting more thinking on K12 education. I hope this blog post captures another piece of the educational journey.

Share your comments here, or perhaps in a blog post of your own (include a link please!).

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~Mark

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