Thursday, May 29, 2014

masterpiece academy day 3

Notes from Friday, May 23

Back in September, just as Daniel and I started talking, the bell rang and interrupted us.  This happened at least once a week throughout the year.  School's stop/start schedule makes it hard to develop and deeply consider ideas.  Daniel is an associative thinker who connects the dots in a way that brings Debussy to mind: "The music is the space between the notes." Daniel's masterpiece is the thinking between the factual knowledge that connects ideas and disciplines for personal use and the greater good.

Learning creates new neuronal connections and may actually be the best way to stave off depression.* (*Note: Learning in this context does NOT mean "being taught"-- it means seeking out information and actively engaging in order to make sense of it.)  However, because media depends on dramatic conflict to attract viewers (and $), it can be difficult to find information that doesn't focus on negative aspects of events and culture.  That's where Serena and Jenna come in.  Check out their Happy Place Project.

Kelsey summed up her passion, her experience, and her ongoing learning journey in one phrase: she is decreasing world suck.

Cameron showed us the world through the lens of his camera.  He spoke so well that it occurred to me (for the very first time) that the right word can be worth a thousand pictures.

Jacob and Kristen both want to become teachers.  The way they are questioning and investigating the institution of school bodes well for the next generation of learners.

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