Monday, 1 October 2012

Linchpin - Seth Godin

"The New World of Work" 

A lot of what is written in this book is quite interesting.
On page 8 of the book Godin writes: "We need original thinkers, provocateurs and people who care" I think in the field of teaching you need to be an original thinker. You don't know what type of child you will be dealing with; be it an autistic child, a child with ADHD or something else. You need to make up original lessons and get each child involved, an important part of teaching. You need to be a caring person as young children may end up going through some family crises or something similar and you need to be there to support that child. When he writes "the one person who can bring it together and make a difference" this, I think, relates to me a lot. I definitely want to be that teacher. That one that can make a difference to a child's life.

"Thinking About Your Choice"
"It's not about what you're born with, it's about what you do" I think is the most important message in this chapter. You could be born amazingly tall, as it says in the book itself, putting you into the position of a star in basketball, but how many of us have that chance? Not that many. So what else could you do with your height? Something to think about. Something else that is something to think about is where it says "Great teachers are wonderful. They change lives. We need them. The problem is that most schools don't like great teachers. They're organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average." How far would you say that is true?
"You can't - or don't want to?" This is an important thing to think about. You can always do things. It may not be easy, it may be a struggle; but in the end you will be able to do it. It's all about motivation in my opinion. If you are motivated to do something then you won't say you "can't" do it. If you can't do it, you may not have tried as hard.

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