At our full faculty meeting this afternoon, we showed the following TED talk from Kiran Sethi, the founder of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. Sethi has launched an initiative to make Indian cities (and cities around the world) more child-friendly. She uses the metaphor of contagion to urge us all to "infect" the world as "i can" people.
After watching the video, we talked about what it means for us as educators to be "i can" people in a world that consistently and deliberately tells us and our students, "You Can't . . ." We connected these ideas to our charge this year to be Success Evangelists rather than Problem Archaeologists and then considered all of this in the context of Seth Godin's book Linchpin, in which Godin describes what I believe are "i can" people in the following ways:
- They . . . invent, lead, connect others, and make things happen.
- They . . . figure out what to do when there's no rule book.
- They . . . delight and challenge.
- They . . . love their work and the people with whom they do that work
The best teachers in our lives are "i can" people; they are Evangelists of Success--particularly with their students; and they are the Linchpins of our lives. Maybe you can think of a couple of these "Linchpins" from your own life? I'll bet they'd like to hear from you . . .
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