Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Learning requires initial experimentation.

This quote is inspired by a passage from Chapter 4 of Laura Ritchie's book, Fostering Self-Efficacy in Higher Education Students (2015).

Ritchie writes: "Learning requires initial experimentation, and depending on how complicated the task is there may be layers of learning and small activities needed before the student can reproduce the modeled behavior with confidence and security."


Learning requires initial experimentation.


(The image is from cheezburger.)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The creative process starts with making observations.

Today's cat was inspired by the "What Causes Creativity" graphic below:

The creative process
starts with making observations.


I made this for the MemeGallery with cheezburger.

And here is the graphic:



What Causes Creativity:
Confidence: ability to question without fear
Observation: seeing problems/ideas
Humility: knowing you don't know everything
Mindfulness: thinking on how to think
Curiosity: exploring and experimenting
Resourcefulness: something to tinker with
Energy: to explore and tinker
Action: not just thinking, but doing

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Where there is no path...

Do not go where the path may lead;
go instead where there is no path,
and leave a trail.



Although this quote is widely attributed to Emerson, that is probably not correct (see Wikiquote discussion). No matter: the words are very wise ones, no matter who said them first.

I made this for the MemeGallery with an image from Cheezburger, and here's the graphic that inspired me:




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stretch yourself to learn something new

Today's growth mindset cat is inspired by these words from Carol Dweck's Mindset book: "In the world of changing qualities, it's about stretching yourself to learn something new. Develop yourself."

Stretch yourself to learn something new.


The image is from Cheezburger.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Observe others: the task is possible!

This quote is inspired by a passage from Chapter 2 of Laura Ritchie's book, Fostering Self-Efficacy in Higher Education Students (2015).

Ritchie writes: "Vicarious learning can be effective when introducing completely new material or when rebuilding students are less than successful experiences. [...] Watching others can communicate a sense that the task is possible."

Observe others: the task is possible!



(The image is from cheezburger.)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

I plan; I design; I create.

The quote comes from a review in BrainPickings of Janna Malamud Smith, An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery.

As with the literal act of gardening, pursuing any practice seriously is a generative, hardy way to live in the world. You are in charge (as much as we can ever pretend to be — sometimes like a sea captain hugging the rail in a hurricane); you plan; you design; you labor; you struggle. And your reward is that in some seasons you create a gratifying bounty.


I plan; I design; I create.


(cheezburger; I'm pretty sure the cat
in the picture is Nyalan)