The Sunshine Elevens — My Take and Instructions for Your Take

Thanks to Shawn White above for cursing me with the task in the link above.  I don’t necessarily think of a curse as an entirely bad thing.  It is more of an applied constraint that begs the question, “Now how will you manage?”

Here is now Shawn defined the task:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
  6. Please share with me a link to your response.

Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love

But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.

3. What is one of the more significant trends in pedagogy right now and how do you foresee it progressing in the future?
Unschooling. It will be the way we learn in a networked, node dominated learning ecosystem.
4. What is a favorite quote of yours and can you please share your interpretation of it and why it is a favorite?
What you must do is go back, get a simple place, move in and you are there.  The situation is there.  You start with this and let it grow.  You know your goal. It will build its own structure and takes its own form.  You can go to school your whole life, you’ll never figure it out because you are trying to get an answer that can only come from the people in the life situation
Myles Horton, The Long Haul, 55.
This quote is at the core of my learning philosophy.  Its beauty is in the realization that learning comes from the situation and it grows there.  It emerges.  I found this to be true of every powerful learning in my own life–parenthood, running a business, putting on a play, farming, facilitating a MOOC.  It fits.  And its evil opposite is schooling, prescribed and proscribed textbooks of inert knowing, curricula.  These do not grow.  Not can they be said to have grown in any organic sense.  Nor will they ever grow.
5. You are presented the opportunity to spend a full day doing whatever you want with any three people in the world. Who are the three people and what is the itinerary?
My companions would be Ivan Illich, Alfred Whitehead, and John Holt.  We will take a day hike in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge and our sole question will be this:  how shall we help others to learn?
6. Is there evil in the human condition, in this world? Please explain.
There is evil everywhere that Truth with a big ‘T’ is the one ‘Precious’.  Even truth with a small ‘t’ can be a devastation to the one who holds it too fiercely.
7. You can have any super power you want. What power and why?
I think I would like to have the power to compute complexity.  I would be able to look at a set of initial conditions and be able to predict what will happen.  I don’t want enough detail to allow me to win the Lottery, but I would like to be afforded the capacity to know what some of the emerging futures might be so that we can eliminated the ugliest of the unknown unknowns and the most dangerous of the Black Swans.
8. Do you choose an iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry, or old-school Nokia cellular phone and why?
Android Moto G.  While the word ‘open’ is a highly charged particle these days, I feel the adjacent possibles for it as an operating system outstrip the ‘reliability’ of Apple or Windows.  Chaordics rule!
9. What is the next item on your bucket list you aim to achieve?
I want to create apps for a learning concierge network, a home for self-learners to take from the buffet of learnings in order to make.
10. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? How?
What came first was the awareness that there were chickens and eggs-language. Therein lies it curse and its benediction.
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11. Children are… (complete the sentence or paragraph).
… the greatest learners who ever lived and any attempt to improve them is doomed to fail.  Hyperbole? Perhaps, but my experience of unschooling in my family is a pretty good fit for that hyperbole.

Eleven Questions to Answer (your choice from the eighteen provided)

  1. If you could remove one thing or idea from our world, what would it be and why?
  2. Where do you hope to be professionally in ten, twenty years and are you currently progressing toward that stage?
  3. What is one of the more significant trends in pedagogy right now and how do you foresee it progressing in the future?
  4. What is a favorite quote of yours and can you please share your interpretation of it and why it is a favorite?
  5. You are presented the opportunity to spend a full day doing whatever you want with any three people in the world. Who are the three people and what is the itinerary?
  6. Is there evil in the human condition, in this world? Please explain.
  7. You can have any super power you want. What power and why?
  8. Do you choose an iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry, or old-school Nokia cellular phone and why?
  9. What is the next item on your bucket list you aim to achieve?
  10. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? How?
  11. Children are… (complete the sentence or paragraph).
  12. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  13. What is your favorite game/sport to play? When did you discover it?
  14. Desert island playlist or music (limit 10 pieces). Books (limit 10)?
  15. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done? The result?
  16. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken in your life? How did it work out?
  17. What teacher had the biggest impact on your life? How did they impact you? Does this teacher know the impact they had on you?
  18. What is your proudest moment as an educator?

Eleven educators to carry on

 

@dogtrax

@grammasheri

@luhoka

@BarMill

@kd0602

@cybraryman1

@deannamascle

@Robinwave

@ElyseEA

@cindyloumac

@fieldpeaz

 

12 Comments



  1. // Reply

    Loved readying your responses Terry (as usual)! It’s going to take me some time, but I’m going to simmer on this and get back to you:-)


    1. // Reply

      No worries, Luke. Glad you read it. Hope to hear more from you. All is well I trust at the NWP.


  2. // Reply

    Amazing, Terry. This was a lovely read– particularly the bits about hard physical labor, the joys of nailing it, and the belief in young people as born learners. Thanks for always helping me to see and understand the obvious. I’ll respond before long.


  3. // Reply

    I love the elevenses theme, it’s such an interesting number. Your answers are full of the richness of a life lived close to the land. Only wish I had the time to indulge myself in accepting the curse…
    Perhaps sometime over the next few weeks.

    And thanks for becoming a Twitter friend.

    Warmly, Fred


    1. // Reply

      I love prime numbers, too, Fred. So grateful for your response and as for accepting the curse, maybe you could do it in stages or do a mini version. Or not. Life is short. Thanks for dropping by on my new blog. Doing any cMOOCs for 2014? I am doing #dlmooc along with Karen Fasimpaur. You come, too.


  4. // Reply

    I loved reading this again. We are all so hopeful yet know that life includes some fallen trees blocking our path.

    As a read again and considered things today, I wondered about the ideas here of “auto-didactic,” I now wonder about all those who so easily believe misinformation.

    In your “unschooling,” still you as parent were there guiding and talking and learning with your children.

    What of those with no one willing [or able, due to their circumstances] to do so?

    Yet, is it the culture of searching to understand, of searching further, of thinking, “What? Really?” Not everyone thinks that way; I know that now.


    1. // Reply

      Thanks for reminding me to look backwards.


    2. // Reply

      Walking backwards to find this again … Sheri is holding my hand .. did I find it the first time? I must have, right?
      Kevin


      1. // Reply

        This is one of those ‘riffs’ I was talking about. Maybe what one could do is take Hypothes.is and grab annotations from lots of places and bring them together like you did for Anna’s post.

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