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Monday, May 28, 2012

Change The World (150-Word Commencement Speech)


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1.       Faith protects your beliefs from doubt.
2.       Knowing and showing trump selling and telling.
3.       Write your vision plainly and purposefully.
4.       Value listening much more than speaking.
5.       Influence your circle, then expand it.
6.       Sometimes "let go"; sometimes "let know".
7.       Achieving your mission requires personal growth.
8.       Civil discourse between dissenters promotes growth.
9.       Love, power, and integrity trump fear.
10.   Skills trump wills and pay bills.
11.   Sometimes the cause masks the agenda.
12.   Sometimes our causes mask our issues.
13.   Ministry generates solutions, entrepreneurship, and wealth.
14.   You must get your money right.
15.   Truth tellers often encounter great resistance.
16.   No weapon against you shall prosper.
17.   Embrace affirmation, acceptance, accountability, and authority.
18.   True friends will hold you accountable.
19.   Make your mission your primary ally.
20.   Count all the costs of victory.
21.   You must protect time and family.
22.   Do not mistake activity for achievement.
23.   Creative problem solving trumps blame shifting.
24.   Simple approaches are easily replicated.
25.   Real power is work done efficiently.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Maui In 10 Photos



 Postcard #1 (Sunset at Ka'anapali Beach)

 1000 ships preparing to launch ...

 Could you snap a picture for us?

 Parallel Lines (What else would 2 math teachers see?)

 ThaShKra!

 Out on Front Street

 Jungle Love

 GanivaDiva

 Postcard #2 (from inside Ohana Bar & Grill)

Postcard #3 (from inside Hula Grill)


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Love In 3 Photos


 Our friendship was a conversation based on trust, honesty, sharing, and forgiveness ...

 ... that allowed us to see past our yesterdays to beyond forever ...

... so that we could walk in the commitment, humility, faith, hope, and joy of love.


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Big Ideas About Teaching & Learning: Introducing Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT)


By Derrick Brown (Email) (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)


TeachersPayTeachers® (TpT) is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original, downloadable educational materials, hard goods and used educational resources.

It was founded in 2006 by Paul Edelman, a former New York City public school teacher.

TpT's mission is to make teachers lives easier by bringing together those who create curricula with those who are seeking fresh new approaches in the classroom. 

Content is categorized by grade level and subject area, and an active user forum and teacher blog network create an array of collaborative, innovative avenues for teachers.

The resulting exchange educates, empowers, and inspires all, and leads to the better sharing of best practices. All of this benefits students, and helps them to achieve!

To learn more, visit the links below ...

  1. Example TpT store
  2. Warner Robins, GA Kindergarten Teacher Earns $700,000 by Selling Lesson Plans Online (Mashable.com, May 17, 2012) 
  3. Sign up to sell your lesson plans!


Please share your thoughts on these "Big Ideas" and best practices by leaving comments below. Email us or follow us on Twitter @dbrowndbrown to submit your own "Big Ideas" and best practices!
 
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Big Ideas About Teaching & Learning: "Johnny"


By Derrick Brown (Email) (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)

Why oh why can't Johnny READ?
Probably because the brother's name is Khalid
Yet the majority of so-called experts agreed
On the cultural ideas they would force-feed

Why oh why can't Johnny WRITE?
'Cause instead of him creating he just has to recite
We offer him a perspective that he finds quite trite
Then have the gall to try to label him as "not too bright"

Why oh why can't Johnny do MATH?
Might it be that he fails to see the relevance of its path
He'll tell you that he's tried to get it, but that not yet he hath
Its oddities sometimes confuse and ultimately draw his wrath

Why oh why can't Johnny LEAD?
'Cause we've instilled in him a false way to succeed
Servitude and loving take back seats to greed
Destiny and purpose are supplanted by need

Why oh why can't Johnny CREATE?
Perhaps it's because the boy just can't relate
To the stark & cold reality that continues to await
Solutions to the problems of our existing state

Why oh why can't Johnny THINK?
Maybe we've not yet shown him the missing link
Between ideas and paper and that pen of ink
That leads the horse to water, and also helps him drink


Please share your thoughts on these "Big Ideas" and best practices by leaving comments below. Email us or follow us on Twitter @dbrowndbrown to submit your own "Big Ideas" and best practices!
 
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