by Howard Chan
Illustrated by Richard Bates
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I Am Going To Like School…is an illustrated poem inspired by the educators who are re-imagining the learning experience for our students around the world. You can now download your own free eBook copy for a limited time. We hope you enjoy it and thank you for sharing the link with your fellow educators! #2LiikeSchool You can also download the original poem illustrated by my daughters here: https://socratechseminars.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/i-am-going-to-like-school/
This is my list of people in education who have inspired me as well as many others in education. While Sir Ken Robinson, Diane Ravitch and Milton Chen are obvious, here are others who have inspired me to think bigger…Who has inspired you?
Carol Dweck – Her research on growth mindset has inspired me to never use the words “smart” with students.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade – His research using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs inspired his Tupac Shakur’s Roses in Concrete idea. I have worked in under-served communities for all of my educational profession, and his work has provided insight in how to reach our urban youth.
David Warlick – If it was his session a few years ago that lead me into social media as a professional tool.
Tim O’Reilly – The man who coined the term web 2.0 has provided the guidance in how read write web integrates into schools.
Dave Levin and Michael Feinberg – Their visionary work in opening charter schools during the early 90’s has paved the way for others to rethink schools in America.
Henry Jenkins – USC Professor of Journalism, Communication, and Cinematic Arts has guided the discussion on new media and participatory culture.
Salman Khan – I think the idea has been more inspirational than the actually work from Khan Academy. His approach to education is causing many to rethink how instruction can be delivered to students.
Punya Mishra – His work on Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has provided a technology integration framework for teachers.
Paula Tallal – Neuroscience has become of great interest to me recently, and her research on cognitive neuroscience is opening my eyes to brain plasticity.
Over the past few months, I have seen prominent names such as Oprah, Obama, and Bill Gates immersed in education chatter. Even Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has grabbed attention with his $100 million dollar donation to Newark schools. On television, shows like School Pride is borrowing the Extreme Makeover concept of remodeling, but with entire school campuses. NBC made a strong push to make education on the top of their issues with Education Nation. Even names like Rhee, Weingarten, and Canada have become household names in political education chatter. And of course, nothing has stirred more discussion than the documentary Waiting for Superman. I am calling this Attention “Education”, because this is one of the rare moments I have seen education as a major topic of discussion. This post is not intended to analyze anyone’s or any organization’s ultimate motivation for education reform (#edreform), but highlighting the fact that education has become the new trend. I have even heard in many contexts that education is the next big industry. However way you spin it, either from business, non-profit, philanthropic or private motivations, I am enthusiastic about the energy and attention finally put on education. How it plays out in the next few years will be certainly intriguing? I am certainly not going to sit around to watch; instead I am diving right into the big blue ocean called Attention “Education”.