Monday, December 21, 2009

Just a quote that struck me...

"There is nothing that is a more certain sign of insanity than to do the same thing over and over and expect the results to be different."
                                                                                                                                            - Albert Einstein

Today I was reading a book titled "It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be" by Paul Arden and this quote ended one of the chapters.  How profound a statement and how true it is!  Einstein, one of histories most amazing thinkers, knew exactly what it took to foster success.  Why is it than that in America no matter what path life has taken us we seem to think that success is achieved by doing the same thing over and over again until we reach our goal.  In business, we go to work everyday and continue to "crunch numbers" or network to gather a client base, yet we refuse to think outside of the box and take risks.  It is the risk takers that truly succeed and head out in front of the pack!  In education, teachers are comfortable with teaching the same things in the same manner everyday with the thought "Repetition will force them to understand!"  In reality, the repetition is simply squelching the creativity that is dying to get out and be exposed.  Repetition is forcing them to memorize instead of internalize. We, as teachers, need to understand that our students our creative, intuitive, intelligent, and bored!  Why not take out the mundane, "same old thing," and replace it with fresh new ideas and ways for students to express their knowledge.   Learning has changed and therefore teaching must do the same.  Our students are ready to explore their learning and achieve their goals in various ways, therefore we must provide variety and thought provoking opportunities for them to learn and in turn, succeed.  If we do the same thing over and over again, day in and day out, we will know the outcome every time.   Imagine taking an idea, a concept, and exploring that concept in various ways to achieve numerous outcomes... the possibilities would be endless!

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