Destination Imagination

Eight years ago, I was introduced to a program called Destination Imagination, the largest creative problem solving competition in the world. I was a coach of a team of young elementary kids. It was the beginning of an experience of a lifetime for me. In the years since, I have had the opportunity to continue being associated with this amazing program as a coach, including a life changing trip to Global Finals. There are likely very few programs that can teach core life skills to our children in a fun environment like Destination Imagination. Form a team!! Get your kids involved. They will amaze you with their creativity.

www.idodi.org

Right Brain Dominant Learners

I found this really interesting article that I thought I would share.

Those long mathematical problems or activities that follow multi-step directions may cause a right-brained child to tune out. In a perfect world, children would be taught in ways most appropriate for their learning style, but with a majority of the population leaning toward being left-brain dominant, a more structured, linear, and goal-oriented way of education prevails. This causes many a teacher to feel a child isn’t able to perform as well as other children without realizing that it may have more to do with how the information is presented.

 

Right Brain Dominant Learners By Sarah Lipoff

http://www.funderstanding.com/brain/right-brain-dominant-learners/

Connected but Alone

Next time, before you pick up your phone to text someone instead of walking over to talk to them, think about this.

In her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are confronting us with a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we confuse postings and online sharing with authentic communication. We are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Turkle suggests that just because we grew up with the Internet, we tend to see it as all grown up, but it is not: Digital technology is still in its infancy and there is ample time for us to reshape how we build it and use it.

Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

“What technology makes easy is not always what nurtures the human spirit.”
– Sherry Turkle

Fall

Fall is the season

when the wet leaves

that were once handing in the dark dreary sky,

drift to the ground.

The rain pounds on the roof

Like birds falling out of the sky.

Kids stomping in puddles

With rain boots as yellow as the sun.

When Halloween comes

The children are yelling in there spookiest voices.

Animals collecting as much food for the harsh winter.

That is the season of FALL.

Written by second grader, Rohan Vaidya

Fall Colors near Leavenworth, WA