AZ School Librarian

Reflections on the events and happenings of a new librarian, veteran teacher, and soon to retire educator in Arizona. I've been a music teacher, computer lab teacher (VIC 20, Apple IIe, C-64, MacPlus, and PC), curriculum integration specialist, and am about to add Library Media Specialist to the list. My interests include photography, 4 wheeling (in a Jeep Unlimited), hiking, technology, and renovating my house.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Day Two - Keynote

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker this day was Dewitt Jones. I had time before the session started, so of course I Googled the name. I couldn’t be certain that a National Geographic photographer was the speaker, but it turned out to be the man. This fellow gave one of the best speeches I’ve heard in some time. One of our group said he’d could of listened to this man for as long as the seat could hold him. Dewitt backed himself up with a slideshow of a smattering of some of his pictures, well chosen to carry his message, whether the picture was bad, good or great. Lots of outstanding points in his keynote, based on the idea that a vision leads to passion, to creativity and to purpose. There’s a lesson in how to do a powerpoint just in the way he presents. No bullet points!

I also had to reflect on the irony I felt when he shared the mission of National Geographic “Find what’s good in the world and share it” (that’s a little paraphrased, but it covers the ground). In our school environment, we seem this last year to have spent the time finding what was not succeeding, and focusing on what we were going to do to change it. We never really have learned how to celebrate and share the good in our schools. Our scores are higher again this year, but we made no serious effort to celebrate.

That comment being the antithesis of Dewitt's speech, I'll have to come up with something a bit more passionate!

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