Do we support the Bloom or create the Fog?

The Truth of Who We Are

Connecting our Stories to our Learning

Dr Debbie Donsky
Oct 16, 2016 · 7 min read

Our Stories

When my son was a little boy, he was slow to talk. I always worried about him. He had surgery when he was a baby and was given morphine to manage the pain and although I was told that it was the best painkiller for a baby, I always wondered if it hurt his development in some way. Max drew before he talked. He made these beautiful drawings that were representations of the spaces he was in on any given day. He saw his world through images and shared it back to us through the images he created — not his words.

Max’s Underwater Picture

Our Learning

This week, I read a blog by Katie Martin, an educator who has been co-hosting George Couros’s #IMMOOC course in response to an idea shared in the course connected to George’s book, The Innovator’s Mindset. Each week, participants are provided blog prompts and other challenges to engage in until the next week when we go even deeper in our understanding. This week, the blog prompt was the quote, “compliance does not foster innovation. In fact, demanding conformity does quite the opposite.” (George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset).

Connecting

On one of my many long drives to and from work this week, I was listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons. This episode was called, Magic Lessons Ep. 204: “Who Gets To Decide Whether You’re A Legitimate Artist?” featuring Mark Nepo. The story is about a young woman who has always thought of herself as a poet and after being rejected from numerous Masters of Fine Arts programs, she decides she can’t possibly be a poet. Mark Nepo is the guest artist who invited to respond to this woman’s creative dilemma and he shares two poems for her. The first is Walt Whitman’s, Song of Myself and the second is one of his own poems, Breaking Surface:


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Reflective Stance will highlight stories and art which explore learning, discovering, questioning, wondering, challenging through education and parenting

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