3, 2, 1-----Blast Off!
Ready for an awesome odyssey of mindfulness and playfulness, called "Creativity?"
The POWER OF THREE seamlessly teaches Fluency, Flexibility, Divergent Thinking (Originality) and Mental Imaging skills in a fun way. The interactive activities found here will help sharpen your innate inventive abilities with this gymnastic workout for your brain! (You'll get OUT of it what YOU put into it! So think a lot and work hard!)
Innovative Thinking Skills are desperately needed to help keep us on a cutting Creative edge, and to show how we can make the world a better and KINDER place to live and grow.
Let me tell you a personal story that made a big difference in my life, and in the lives of hundreds of children I've touched.
While attending the college graduation ceremonies at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, USA of my youngest sister, Alexandra K. Nolan, I heard the famous U.S. Astronaut, James A. Lovell
, give the Keynote Address. The distinguished guest, one of only 24 astronauts to have been to the Moon, and the recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, rightly first congratulated the students and their parents for reaching this fine and high level of accomplishment for which they could feel justifiable pride. But it wasn't long afterwards before he went on to admonish the capped and gowned graduates, saying that although they now thought they were finally finished with their "A "to "Z" formal studies, they truly had just begun to scratch the surface of what would be a lifelong journey of education. He chided the students to REALLY read as much as they could, and then surprised the audience by joyfully announcing that Dr. Seuss was one of his favorite authors. All doubts as to why Astronaut Lovell chose Dr. Seuss fell by the wayside as he went on to quote from Dr. Suess' intriguing "On Beyond Zebra." "The A is for Apple, the B is for Bear,
The C is for Camel, the H is for Hare,
Through to Z. Z is for Zebra, I know them all well,"
Said Conrad Cornelius O'Donnell O'Dell.
Then he almost fell flat on his face on the floor,
When I picked up the chalk and drew one letter more!
"In the places I go, there are things that I see,
That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z!"
It was a lesson I never forgot, and I quickly passed that poem on to countless numbers of children I taught in the ensuing years until I retired several years ago. But one never really retires from learning or teaching. So now with the World Wide Web, I have this wonderful opportunity to bring a renewed Energy, Enthusiasm and Excitement for learning to a whole new realm of learners.
I'd like to dedicate this page to Ralph Salaya, an engineering friend of mine who passed away last week.
I was behind in the reading of my morning newspapers, so only this morning did I read about the passing of my wonderful friend, Ralph Salaya, in the Beaver County Times by Gino Piroli, called "Aliquippa grad helped bring Apollo 13 astronauts home." Ralph was originally from our area, but moved out to California in 1959 after a lengthy mill strike here in 1959, and by 1961, was working for Rockwell International to design and build a command and space module for the Apollo program.
Ralph used to come back to Aliquippa, periodically, to see his relatives and friends, and always found time to come to his old St. Elijah church, too. I'll never forget the one time I was sitting in the pew (before joining the choir), and out of the clear blue sky, in the middle of the service, I received a surprise kiss on my cheek from Ralph. "I tried to wait until the service was over, but I just couldn't!" Ralph whispered as he sat down behind us in the pew! He had left his sister on the other side of the aisle. He was such a delight and bright light to all who knew him. He had that sweet, but boyishly devilish manner about him you couldn't help but love! We all loved Ralph! (He had a beautiful wife, Elaine, three children and nine grandchildren.)
"Many years earlier," Gino wrote in the August 6, 2013 C5 section, "when the explosion on board the Apollo 13 left the spaceship crippled, Ralph was the lead engineer for the guidance, navigation and control system, and one of the ones responsible for designing a strategy to bring that capsule safely back to Earth."
Remember the movie "Apollo 13" starring Tom Hanks? It documented the heroic efforts of the NASA engineers to bring them home....
Ralph retired in 1990 in Escondido, CA, but his work hadn't been forgotten. During a later moon walk, astronauts planted a plaque on the moon with his name and others who had worked on the Apollo project.
On August 20, 2003, almost 10 years ago that would be, I had a story appear in the American SRBOBRAN about Ralph and his reporter friend, Gino Piroli, called "Moon Over Moon Township, Not Miami: A Visit with a Famous Californian and King Peter, who Discuss OPANKE footprints on the Moon." It was all about when the two of them came to my house for lunch and how we laughed and laughed at their childhood remembrances and the pranks they did. Gino, 100% italian, but with a 101% Serbian heart, tells how they couldn't afford to get into the hall to see King Peter, so he and a few friends snuck in through a back door window! Ever since then, Gino had the nickname "King Peter."
I'm sorry Ralph, my hero, is gone, but I'm so grateful for all the wonderful memories I have of him and Gino (King Peter!) here in my kitchen, and of Ralph's special "HELLO!" in church! May his memory be eternal......
Also so grateful that Gino, who graduated from Aliquippa High School in 1943, is still able to write and bring us these reminisces. They're planning a 70th high school reunion luncheon in September! God bless them all with their fortitude! But I KNOW they'll miss Ralph! That's the old WWII generation.... they plow on! Select from below to read more: Power of Three app Creativity and Innovation Blog Bio and 3s News and Contact
There are not enough words to thank Pat Jennette for my appreciation for this wonderful story that she wrote recently in the Allegheny West Magazine's Nov-Dec. 2012 issue, found on page 38. Not only is Pat the author, she is also the EDITOR and OWNER of the multi-award winning magazine. Pat has utilized her 30 years of experience in journalism, business and educational public relations, community and business marketing, and publishing to provide the community with quality publications. I'm so grateful! So once again, thank you so much, Pat Jennette!
ONCE A TEACHER, ALWAYS A TEACHER
How many sides does a triangle have? How many branches of government are there? How many fingers does a scout hold up when saying the pledge?
If you answered three to all of these, you are correct!
Mim Bizic of Moon Township, a former librarian and teacher in the Quaker Valley School District, is three times happier than ever now that her App, “The Power of Three,” has been approved for purchase and use through the Apple iTunes store.
I would like to think of my App as brain candy,” she says, smiling.
This energetic and enthusiastic lady, who has been written about before in this magazine for her undying support of her grandparent’s native land, Serbia, spent the past year working on her App with the help of two Indian colleagues she met through LinkedIn online, Dilip Kumar of GreatMinds-Media and Aleysha Deane. Dilip helped Mim create the App, while Aleysha designed the graphics to incorporate into the application. Some of the graphics come from Mim’s own experience, too, including a scene from Edgeworth Elementary School library, where she worked for many years. It was painted and presented to her when she retired. Mim does the voiceover throughout the App. She incorporated other familiar aspects throughout the program, too. For instance, the librarian is named Miss Karlo, which is Mim's maiden name, in honor of her late father who had three married daughters and none to carry on his name.
This interactive educational program evolved from a story Mim wrote back in 2004 called "The Power of Three." It is about a young, shy student named Johnny who was afraid to speak up in the classroom."
He knew a lot about particular topics, but was not forthcoming with his knowledge for fear of being rejected. She submitted the story to a publisher, but it wasn’t picked up.
“I was disappointed, and I sat around thinking about it, and decided an App would work with my story!” Mim says.
It was a natural transition for Mim. She has a long history with Apple computers, and is a pioneer in her own right regarding technol- ogy and the Internet.
In 1995, she and fellow innovators, Dr. Robert Fusco and Dr. Joseph Marrone, developed SewickleyNET, an online presence for the community of Sewickley, among the first of its kind.
As a result, the three of them, along with the SNET Board of Directors, accepted a “Citizen of the Year” award from the “Sewickley Herald” in 1997.
During her 40-year teaching career, much of it with the Quaker
Valley School District, Mim was recognized as a leader in the imple- mentation of the computer program for the district, based on her extensive knowledge and her enthusiasm for incorporating technology into students' learning.
Her resume is peppered with recognitions and awards for her innovative teaching and use of technology. She has been invited to sit on many boards and educational committees from the local to national level to advise educators on the use of technology.
In order to set up all that was involved with creating an App for purchase by educators, parents, and others, Mim established an educational company called Bizic Education LLC.
She describes “The Power of Three” as an easy-to-follow application that helps children in grades three through five build fluency and flexibility skills and strengthen divergent thinking.
“I wanted to create a program that would help young children get fired up about their own talents,” she explains. “And I also wanted to tell Johnny’s story in order to help young people understand the importance of empathy for others.”
The App incorporates Mim's own experiences and activities she once used in the classroom. Knowing that teachers come in the form of parents, educators, and life experiences, she is confident it can be successfully incorporated into classroom curriculums throughout America or work equally as well in a home setting.
The easy-to-play and interactive program begins in a schoolyard where participants are encouraged to find hidden students in the picture. When they find the children, Mim's voice on the screen announces, "Great job!" which readily draws them into the story and the thinking challenges that follow.
In another scene at the library, Miss Karlo challenges the students to write down as many things as they can think of that have to do with the number three.
The children at the end of the story send inspirational messages such as "Alexander the Great said, 'I am indebted to my father for my living, but to my teacher for living well,' " and "Johnny proved sometimes great things come in small packages."
Mim has established a Web site, www.mimbizic.com, that helps users find all the hidden "treasures" in the story that might be missed the first time through, and also suggests further challenging activities that students, parents, and teachers can do with the number three from exciting math challenges like writing the number three in Binary or Base 3 or applying spreadsheet math to the importance of the number three in sports, music, and literature.
Interactivity is reinforced with a keyboard that automatically pops up and helps keep the creative thoughts going.
As the activities continue, the students form teams. Johnny’s team members realize that he knows a lot, and they develop a new respect for him.
“I hope many will consider purchasing the App (it’s only $1.99), so that I can donate a portion of the proceeds, after paying for the startup costs, to orphaned children in Serbia,” says Mim.
Combining her love of education with Serbia should come as no surprise to those who know this remarkable lady. "
The Power of Three
is finally a reality! I was on the THIRD floor of my Hampton Hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, when I borrowed my friend Marlene Volitich's ipad to see if our educational story app had gone live yet. Marlene and I were in Phoenix as our St. Elijah Serbian Church Choir from Aliquippa, PA was being hosted by the St. Sava "Stevan Hristic Choir" of Phoenix.
The two of us huddled to see...... It was THERE!
It was LIVE!
The Power of Three
was ON-LINE! It was so hard to believe! What joy we had whooping it up and dancing around the room in celebration that Friday, Sept.28 morning! Finally, after 13 months of effort, The Power of Three
app had been approved on Sept. 27, a special day for me as its my grand-nephew Brad's birthday, and the day of the Exultation of the Cross---when Empress Helen with the blessings and help of her son, Emperor Constantine, found Christ's cross after many fruitless searches!In the Power of Three app, Brad yells way too loudly for his own table's good, "Trident! Trident! Put that down. No one will think of that one!" Well, they might not have thought of "trident," but probably all the other tables would have that answer now too, resulting in his great
contribution being worth only 1 point now, rather than the 5 points he could have earned if no other tables had the same answer. :-)But we all know what enthusiasm is like, so Brad can certainly be forgiven. The night before I left for Phoenix, rather late I night, I saw a message from Apple Developers Support team announcing that the app had been approved. Instantly I put out the message on Facebook for all to see, but not before congratulating my fellow Bangalore, India team mates, Dilip Kumar and Ayesha Deane, on the app's next step. We celebrated by virtually
clicking on our imaginary bottles of champagne on two different continents!
You now, can also be a part of this winning team. Click here and get started using your creativity in a fun way!
Dun & Bradstreet needed to know more about us, so this is what I've uploaded about Bizic Education LLC today! We are happy to have our D&B Gold Rating! It won't be much longer now!
The world needs Thinkers and Innovators. We can help! We have the HOTS for you!
In a world of change, complexity and competition, ideation and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) are critical life skills. This educational story app will have you sizzling with ideas in no time!
Bizic Education, LLC, was founded by Mim Bizic in order to bring to life, “THE POWER OF THREE,” a wonderful interactive iPad app created for children, parents, teachers, and learners of all ages who desire to delve into the HOTS of Fluency, Flexibility, Divergent Thinking and Mental Imaging skills in a fun way.
Bizic’s story about Johnny, the shy learner turned classroom star, is sure to became an internationally powerful learning tool. Mim had the help of two energetic, talented international colleagues from Bangalore, India working on this project with her.
Ayesha Deane served as the illustrator. Ayesha is the author and illustrator of more than 20 books. She loves this line of work and feels it is a great challenge to her creativity, with fresh ideas always required. Dilip Kumer is the co-founder of GreatMinds Media Solutions, a successful ePublishing Solutions Company. His Engineering degree, 15+ years of technology industry experience, and digital multimedia products development, all helped to create the magic found in this stunning app version of “The Power of Three.”
Milana (Mim) Bizic is a national award-winning teacher with 40+ years of educational experience. Mim taught all grade levels in the elementary school (K-6), including Gifted and School Library classes. In addition, she also taught graduate level classes at Penn State’s Beaver, PA campus for nine years. Upon retirement from the Quaker Valley School District in Sewickley, PA in 2004, Mim also served as a Teaching Supervisor for the University of Pittsburgh’s Master Degree Teaching program.
Mim has served as an Educational Consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Apple Computer Co, Scholastic Magazine, and the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. A national presenter for the U.S. Patent Office, Mim has shared her creative and inventive thinking skills expertise with teachers across the USA. She was also a member of the National Advisory Board of Scholastic’s TEACHING AND COMPUTERS.
Mim’s many awards include Citizen of the Year with Drs. Fusco and Marrone for SewickleyNET 1997; Serbian Unity Congress Award -1995-1996; Who's Who of American Women-1995; National Endowment for the Humanities Awardee-1995; Pennsylvania's Educational Cultural Ambassador to Japan-1993; Who's Who in American Teaching- 1992; National Science Honoree from the Smithsonian-ASCT1990; Thanks to Teachers Award (Pitt/Westinghouse/KDKA): 1990 ; Woman of the Year in Sewickley,PA -1987; Apple Computer Club International Awards 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, and Apple Computer Clubs International HALL OF FAME.
The recipient of many honors on the local, state and national level, Mim earned Proclamations from Pennsylvania Governors Casey and Rendell. She served on Senator Santorum’s Educational Excellence Committee. U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire had her first website http://www.babamim.com entered into the 110 Congressional Record!
Teaching is Mim’s purpose and passion! Watch out! It’s contagious!
Imagination, Creativity and Talent.
Joy, Temperance, and Repose, Slam the door on the doctor's nose. -HWL
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was right on with his "Joy, Temperance and Repose, Slam the door on the doctor's nose!" What joy and happiness was brought forth tonight reading Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's delightful poem, "The Children's Hour." I saw it last night published on our LI Poetry Forum. Longfellow's wonderful storytelling skills, the exactness of his chosen words, and the imaginative play with his THREE (3!) children, Alice, Allegra, and Edith leave one thirsting for more of this idyllic kind of life! So much imagination, creativity and talent are shown here!
The Children's Hour
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.
I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.
From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.
A whisper, and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise.
A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!
They climb up into my turret
O'er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me;
They seem to be everywhere.
They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!
Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all!
I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.
And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!
Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than Knowledge." And the first two of Steven Covey's Seven Habits talk about the importance of (1) Preparing the ground, and (2) Planting the Seeds of Creativity. Isn't that what Longfellow was doing so effectively above.... preparing the ground and planting the seeds of creativity in his progeny?
Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, says that logical, precise and left brain thinking (3!!) gave us the Information Age, but Asia, Automation and Abundance(3!!) gave us a reason to shift. Now with the Conceptual Age, we need Artistry, Empathy and Emotion (3!!) So back we go to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (there's that 3 again!!!) lives on after all these years, after all, because Imagination encircles the world....just like we can see the three one-time LIVE dolls, locked away in the dungeons of a poet's heart!
"...and 3 doors left unguarded....."
Other poems by Longfellow: "The Village Blacksmith" (1841) The Wreck of the Hesperus (1842) Evangeline (1847) The Song of Hiawatha (1855) The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858) "The Sermon of St. Francis" (1858) "The Children's Hour" (1860) "Paul Revere's Ride" (1860) "The Saga of King Olaf" (1863) Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863)
Shakespeare on Imagination from: "The Tempest." "I dreamed of clouds opening up and dropping such riches on me that when I woke up, I cried because I wanted to dream again."
Jonas Salk: "Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality." ~~
Dr. Rose K. Gantner in Viet Nam in 1967.
The poem called "Passion of Life"
found below was posted today by Elizabeth Gjelaj Merturi
on our Linked-In Poetry Forum. Elizabeth is quite passionate about sharing great poetry with others and most likely that combination of Poetry and Passion was somehow responsible for her multiple "Who's Who In American Teaching" honor awards in the years 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2012! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth.
Passion is a wonderful thing to acquire early in life. Take Chris Burnham
, a former elementary gifted student I had the pleasure of knowing from first through sixth grade. He ALWAYS wanted to be a comic book illustrator from his earliest childhood years and today he is making worldwide headlines with his Batman Incorporated issues. Check out his passionate work by clicking the link on his name above!
Sister Dr. Rose K. Gantner
, began the Preface of her newly published book, Workplace Wellness: Performance With A Purpose
by writing: "Purpose found me early in life. In my twenties I left a university teaching position to serve two tours of duty in South Vietnam with the American Red Cross." And ever since she's been making a significant difference in the Health and Wellness fields, bringing that purpose, know-how, and passion to others in countless ways. So much so, that Robert Morel, CEO of HHI Healtcare Solutions wrote in a testimonial: "If you read only one book this year, America, it definitely has to be this one."
I'd say that's a pretty passionate statement in itself!
Here are a few inspirational quotes about Passion and Purpose
I found exceptionally moving:Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
-- Author UnknownChase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night. <-------LOVE THIS!
-- Glade Byron AddamsOnly passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
-- Denis Diderot
And this next quote made me smile, as for the first five years of my teaching, I wondered why I was getting a paycheck! I considered myself SO lucky to have found my purpose and passion, knowing I would become a teacher in third grade! If you have ever felt such tremendous enthusiasm and desire for something that you would gladly spend all your waking hours working on it, that you would happily do without pay, then you have found your passion.
-- Sharon Cook & Graciela Sholander
(After the five years, I figured I needed just a little monetary reward to get me up EACH morning at 6:00 AM, but always LOVED what I did, and I think that was reflected back to the students, their parents and the community, which made for a winning Partnership, a passionate combination of excellence in education.)
May you always have great passions and creative endeavors! Passion Of Life
To achieve something great in the world you need Passion
To fulfill vision, a great leader’s courage comes from Passion
Whatever it may be, you must find your Passion
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins
Follow your passion and success will follow you!
Never underestimate the power of passion
Without passion religion is spiritless
Without Passion history is meaningless
Without Passion art is useless
Follow your passion and success will follow you!
When you take up a mission with passion
There are no dreams too large
No innovation unimaginable
No frontiers beyond reach
Follow your passion and success will follow you!
Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel
Our reason is the pilot that steers her
Without winds the vessel would not move
Without a pilot she would be lost
Follow your passion and success will follow you!
There is no end and there is no beginning
There is only the passion of life
Passion is universal humanity
Passion is the genesis of genius
Follow your passion and success will follow you!
While trying to clean up some papers that seem to be everywhere these days, I came across one that I thought was worth sharing, even though I wrote this on 12/30/90, almost 22 years ago! It was fun to review and see how many things have changed technology wise, but the philosophy remains the same. Let's take a look! What I wrote in 1990:
"I believe the best gift I ever gave myself was becoming a teacher, and that Knowledge +Energy+Excitement and Enthusiasm for learning=EXCELLENCE in teaching. I believe children should learn how to work cooperatively with other students, focusing their creative energies on solving problems. I believe that America's children can not be passive recipients of an education, only interested in long trysts with the television control dials (and computers and iphones now!) but instead, must become active participants, expressing their knowledge and attitudes through constructive channels.
IT TAKES WORK! HARD WORK! TEAM WORK!
(See photo above--TEAM WORK--All working/pulling TOGETHER!)
"The teacher's and parents' role here is one of guidance, making students WANT to accept more responsibility for their own learning, through the development of skills involving needs assessment, goal setting, planning, organization, implementation and evaluation. I believe that creativity can be taught through useful strategies such as the SCAMPER technique, Bloom's taxonomy, and Williams' Levels of Creativity. I believe in encouraging students to be risk takers, willing to run alone, to value humor, curiosity and serendipity. I believe in continuous positive feedback, trying to help each one develop a good self-image in regard to his/her potential and use of it. I emphasize these 'C's and 'P's for self esteem: Genuine caring for self and others; challenge, commitment, confidence, choice....taking responsibility for individual actions and learning. The 'P's include PRIDE in self and others, praise for self and others, plan, purpose and play. I believe in helping students understand the usefulness of taking time to focus the forces of their minds, to invite the Unconsciousness. I favor a total immersion approach, bringing targeted civilizations or other subjects to life through in-depth studies that combine science, math, history, language arts and geography.
"Learning should not be stifled by regulating it to the classroom alone. Teachers must form partnerships with their students, their parents, the community, other teachers and students across the nation, and indeed, across the world. Every day the world is shrinking due to breakthroughs in technology. Tonight, via my modem and the AGE (Apple Global Education) project, I was able to read about the environmental concerns of students from the U.S.S.R., Mexico, Denmark, Sweden and Canada. I read shared folk tales from all parts of the globe, including Africa and Australia. I was at Helen Thayer's side when she reached the North Pole. Internationally, children are conducting experiments together, like the one on Acid Rain I saw, or measuring shadow sticks around the world. (We DID participate in these world-wide projects then too!) Others are conducting surveys--seeing how alike or how different they really are from neighbors across the globe. America---the WORLD---needs as many educated people as possible to make our time on this planet the best it can be.
"In this day and age, students cannot be expected to learn from textbooks with a teacher using the old lecture method. Involvement counts. It's impossible for each teacher to be an expert on every subject, so teachers must reach out and pull the world in. At my school, we have many people who volunteer their expertise. Some of our wonderful projects include NATURE GUIDES where the students are taken out to the park to study birds, insects and plants. ART IN MOTION is another program where a beautiful print travels to a different classroom each moth, but not before a knowledgeable parent volunteer tells all about the artist and his/her work. The SEWICKLEY VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY teaches local history through slides and artifacts. We have visits from "Betsy Ross," scientists, doctors, patent lawyers and parents who are willing to share their work expertise or various religious backgrounds and cultures with us.
"I believe that public school education is the one way we can be assured that our values, culture, and ideals of American democracy are passed on to ALL of our children....that hard work is its own reward, and EXCELLENCE, not mediocrity, is America's goal. Public education is our truest form of national defense, a very essential component of an enlightened nation. I believe that this is the time for us to be challenged, not intimidated, by the many forces trying to pull us down: crime, unemployment, divorce, overcrowded jails, homelessness. (Can you just imagine how many more problems we have now, with Drugs and Addiction and Child Pornography and Civil Unrest and Upheaval throughout the world leading the way!) We must realize that only by taking the time to focus our forces together, and pulling in the right direction, will we have the empowerment to affect change. Otherwise, the changes will be made for us."
Bloom's Taxonomy used to be: Knowledge & Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation. Today it is more commonly viewed as: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating (Putting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole--generating, planning or producing.) Here's a link on Bloom's Taxonomy by Mary Forehand, from the University of Georgia: http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Bloom%27s_Taxonomy
There was another letter explaining some of the things that went on in our classroom that I'll share in the next post! :-)
But in the meantime, for those of you unfamiliar with the SCAMPER technique to promote innovative thinking, I share the 3 posters below.
SCAMPER posters from: http://www.google.com/search?q=scamper+method&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Vaz8T7u5FKLz0gHcprDpBg&ved=0CFcQsAQ&biw=1227&bih=861
Looking at the photo of the painting above of the horses pulling together and the teamwork shown, I found this appropriate quote: "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
-- The Bible: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.
Author Frank McCourt wrote, "Your mind is a treasure house that you should stock well. It's the one part of you the world can't interfere with."
My grandchild, Jocelyn, is shown here in a photo I recently took while we were on a Disney cruise to Castaway Cay. I smiled as I saw the excited look on her face, as she questioned and wondered if this chest just laying in wait for us could be opened, and what treasures might be inside. Unlocking such a treasure chest full of gold, emeralds and rubies is the secret dream of many of us. And yet, within us, we each have our own treasure chest, our minds, and as the ads always remind us, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
I hope to keep this blog filled with words that inspire and help others learn more about creativity and innovation. We have to continuously search for imaginative and useful ideas. The Power of Three app that my colleagues Dilip Kumer, Ayesha Deane and I have just about completed is a step in that direction. The app tells a great story about a young fellow named Johnny who rarely seems to have social success in the classroom until the teacher introduces a lesson that might just highlight his skill sets. This story is close to my heart, and as Thomas Carlyle wrote: "If a book comes from the heart, it will continue to reach other hearts." I hope once you've seen the story app so beautifully illustrated by Ayesha, you'll agree. Readers of all ages will find a gem here and there on unlocking their own creative thinking skills of Fluency and Flexibility,Originality and Divergent Thinking. You'll feel your own mind power grow with success as you unleash a torrent of your own words or phrases in the typewriter mode so skillfully built into the app by diligent app designer Dilip.
We've created these memorable educational experiences to highlight learning opportunities for you. Come on! Let's open the chest right now..... ready? Inside I see the words HOCKEY, LAYERS OF SKIN, WWW, and TRIPTYCH and "THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER, and THE CANDLESTICK MAKER" and LITHIUM. What can you make of it? What do these words all have in common? If you're into mental challenges, this app is for you! Past, Present and Future!
Magic, they say, is only a breath away. I'm hoping you will find this blog enjoyable and that you will then share this with others. "No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." H.E. Luccock)
P.S. The App is almost ready to go live! Stay tuned!
PPS: There's an old Jewish saying that says, "Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure." A huge "Thank you!" to all of my friends who have taken the time to comment!"