The NAIS community is running a project in which you post a photo of everyday objects that tell a story about your life. This is part of the run-up to the Annual Conference, which takes place this Thursday and Friday in San Francisco. While the photos speak for themselves, I thought I would elaborate here.
I sticker my laptop as a reminder to not take myself too seriously when working with youth. This year, my stickers refer to sense of place: local organizations KEXP, Fuel Coffee, and the Seattle Sounders, the flag of the Cascadia bioregionalism movement, the Botswana crest, and two U Prep logos.
The Celtics and native orcas mugs also refer to sense of place, Boston being the city of my youth, and the orcas a reference to the art and culture of native Northwest tribes.
Even though I use computers a lot, pen and paper remain a great way to visually develop an idea.
These four books have had a strong effect on my thinking at different times in my career: Future Wise and Raising Race Questions in recent times as we plan strategic innovations here at school, Multimedia: From Wagner To Virtual Reality when I first began to explore multimedia educational software in the 1990’s, and Long Walk To Freedom, my travel book one vacation while living in Botswana.
The Independent Curriculum Group recently sent me this hat, a good reminder about the power of curricular freedom and student engagement in independent schools.
The graduate rubber duck is a Catlin Gabel tradition, and I happened to end up with one of these several Junes ago. It reminds me of the students we are cultivating to reach their full potential here.
What’s your story?