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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

English: Learn, and then share what you learned.

The infographic below inspired me to use cheezburger to make today's growth mindset cat:

Learn, and then share what you learned.





Thanks to this Twitter post from Mariana Funes, I found Sylvia Duckworth's wonderful Twitter flowchart: Should you use Twitter?




Friday, January 27, 2017

Learning requires deep exploration.

I was inspired to make this cat by the infographic below by Sylvia Duckworth inspired by George Couros who poses a sharp contrast between school and learning: cats would not do well in school, but they sure do like to learn!

Learning requires deep exploration.



Here's what it says:

SCHOOL    LEARNING
promotes starting by looking for answers    promotes starting with questions
is about consuming    is about creating
is about finding information on something prescribed for you    is about exploring your passions and interests
teaches compliance    is about challenging perceived norms
is scheduled at certain times    can happen any time, all of the time
often isolates    is often social
is standardized    is personal
teaches us to obtain information from certain people    promotes that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner
is about giving you information    is about making your own connections
is sequential    is random and non-linear
promotes surface-level thinking    is about deep exploration



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Study something new.

I was inspired by a quote from David Dockterman to make this new cat:


Study something new.



The image is from cheezburger. Here's the quote that got me started: If we only did things that were easy, we wouldn't actually be learning anything. We'd just be practicing things we already knew. Via David W. Lowell at Twitter.


Monday, January 23, 2017

I don't do what's easy; I do what's hard.


I don't do what's easy;
I do what's hard.

(image from cheezburger)

Today's cat was inspired by this graphic which I found at Twitter:


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kittens don't worry about making mistakes.

Today's kittens are inspired by this quote from Carol Dweck's book Mindset (I changed the babies to kittens): "Babies don't worry about making mistakes or humiliating themselves. They walk, they fall, they get up. They just barge forward." More Carol Dweck cats.

Kittens don't worry about making mistakes.


(image is from cheezburger)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Don't stop! Just keep going!

At this in-between time of the semester (not the beginning anymore... but the end is a long way off!), I figured this would be good advice:

Don't stop! Just keep going!


The image is from cheezburger.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The higher you climb, the more you can see.

If you keep on learning, you will gain more perspective! Or so says today's cat:

The higher you climb, the more you can see.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What can I learn next?

I was inspired to create today's cat by the emphasis on "next" in this very useful Edutopia article: Avoiding Learned Helplessness by Andrew Miller
Similarly, we want students to be reflective, to ask themselves, "How do I know if I'm on the right track?" or "What could I do next?" Instead of coming immediately to the teacher, we want students to experiment on their own. Many of us wonder why students constantly do the opposite instead. I've got news for you. It's our fault. We, as educators, are often responsible for learned helplessness, and we have a responsibility to change it! How can we empower our students to be self-directed learners?
What can I learn next?


(cat from cheezburger)


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Do things you've never done before.

Today's cat is inspired by the words of Neil Gaiman; read more of his inspiring advice at Maria Popova's BrainPickings: Make Good Art. Neil Gaiman’s Advice on the Creative Life.

Do things you've never done before.


(The picture is from cheezburger.)



Curiosity: the will to explore.


Here is the quote: “Curiosity’s most distinguishing characteristic is its open willingness to explore….” 

Curiosity: the will to explore.


The image is from cheezburger.




Saturday, January 14, 2017

It takes time for potential to flower.

The quote is from Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: "People with the growth mindset know that it takes time for potential to flower." More cats inspired by this book: Carol Dweck's Mindset.

It takes time for potential to flower.


(image is from cheezburger)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

To grow yourself, you must know yourself.

In a separate post I've provided a detailed response to Jackie Gerstein's post about growth mindset last week, and in that post she also shared a great infographic about self-reflection which you can see below. Today's cat is inspired by that need for honest, continuous self-reflection.

To grow yourself, you must know yourself.


The image is from cheezburger.



The infographic from Jackie Gerstein - Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection, and there is a transcription of the text here.







Thursday, January 5, 2017

My peers can be my teachers.

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: "Overall this experience will strengthen the self-efficacy of the able students who act as models, and where collaborative working and discussion take place, it can also boost the self-efficacy of the struggling students as they relate to and learn from their peers."


My peers can be my teachers.


(The image is from cheezburger.)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017