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Revisiting Old Ideas

Updated on April 25, 2016

An Unexpected Treasure Hunt

This particular Hub will be brief. It is a reflection of something I found, and what I was able to create with it.

As I was looking through some of my published Hubs from last year, I came across one that had never been published. I wondered what I had overlooked, and why it had taken me a year to find it. So I clicked on it, and found that the only thing I had created was a title. It came from when I was focuses specifically on what we can do as a nation toward a better kind of education reform, and what we had overlooked in the striving we have created to make everything about conformity and standardization.

So I was inspired to finish the piece. It turned into an unexpected treasure hunt, a culmination of all of the research I was able to pull directly from my mind to my fingertips. But As I was writing, recalling all of the information I had analyzed, researched, and implemented into my own classroom, something incredible happened: I found my own passion for my own work coming back into play. I am in the midst of a projects-based learning project with my own students, and I thirst for the opportunity to do more with them in a broader spectrum that current educational systems stifle, if not entirely crush with the need to be driven by standardized tests.

The greatest treasure I found in this endeavor, however, was that anything is possible! I am now thrilled to be reworking curriculum and reworking old lesson plans to fit a new model of project-based understanding. I am creating a model for a mock trial for my students to explore the need to define war crimes and to punish those who commit them. I am developing an opportunity to generate art based on the dystopian political situations under which we are being governed, and how they would create their own governmental and economic systems if they had the opportunity. I am finding ways to tie modern warfare into the recent history we have of containment, and propaganda driving fear of "the other," which ultimately creates an enemy where there otherwise would not have to be one.

My mind is filled with ideas that will be easy enough to create with my students, and which will serve them better by generating opportunities to prep for tests in a way that does not feel like test prep, and to tie abstract notions in history to concrete experiences that involve art, philosophy, and engineering. I can help to inspire our next generation of problem solvers, and it is a joy to be able to so.

The Hub is an amazing place filled with wonderful ideas! It has been an honor to be able to revisit some of my own writing and find a missing piece--the needed boon for my own passion--and to create an opportunity for others to explore their own abilities. Truly, this small corner of the Internet holds the greatest wonders!


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      IvoryTusk 15 months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Threekeys: Thank you so much for your insights and consistent striving to see the 3. It is indeed magical when we realize that we are so much more than the sum of our parts. There are many challenges to education, and the biggest one is the illusion that children are empty baskets waiting to be filled with whatever clutter we have going on in our own minds. We need to go back to the root of pedagogy, which is "to draw out." We need to draw out of our young minds--and adult minds, too--the concepts and ideas that they value. We need to wake up to what is inside of ourselves, that we know is important and necessary for the betterment of ourselves and each other! Thank you for everything you say!

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      ThreeKeys 15 months ago from Australia

      It is the 21st century and the old ways of controlling people by fear and the divide and conquer technique, just has to stop! I know it works but it is the end of it's era, now. Just as you mentioned ivorytusk.

      People are yearning quietly and loudly the call for uniting collaborating and helping each other to "get there"-whatever "get there" means for that person.

      Have you too seen or experienced when 1+1=3 instead of 2? That's what I call "magic".

      Keep innovating and creating ivorytusk! Just luv your visions.

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      IvoryTusk 16 months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      No; it is not the meditation piece. Once I had re-read your beautiful poem, I wanted to go and find other readings with which I was not familiar, and stumbled onto the meditation piece. A timely piece of writing, and one I was glad to visit!

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      Yes. It is not the meditation piece. It has your name at the top but yes, you did respond to it. My Gratitude ...much.

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      IvoryTusk 16 months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I did go back and re-read it. It is still beautiful. :)

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      Yes. Just found it. You did say nice things. Not to worry. Much Love.

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      IvoryTusk 16 months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I do believe you wrote something for me. I will go back and re-read it. But I know that I visited it. :) Thank you so much for everything!

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      You know I have done this. I find some old pieces so inspirational! I'm glad that you re-visited. Much Love.

      By the way, without looking, I'm almost sure I wrote something for you. It was a long time ago. Did you visit it? Much Love.