10 Things I Said In 2015 I’ll Say Again

About our lives with and in tech:

“There is no app for patience. Just as there is no app for respect, kindness or trust.”
There is no app for patience https://edifiedlistener.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/there-is-no-app-for-patience/

“Critical and higher order thinking, collaboration, cooperation, digital literacy – these are skills we claim we want our children to master, that we insist are critical to their success in the future.  And I ask, How skilled are we?  How well are we collaborating and cooperating to inform ourselves and bolster our critical thinking skills?”
Sales, Not Education.  https://t.co/5KmgTARA6B

About my own identity and choices:

“There are many avenues to broaden our understanding first of self, then of our contexts and the societies we inhabit. And doing so involves work. We need to be active in our engagement, willing to blunder and try again, and again. There’s no certification process. Living your learning becomes a necessary maxim in this field. We are never done. And that’s part of what makes it hard and daunting to begin, persist, and tolerate setbacks. But it’s worth it and it is what we must model for our students if we truly want to see them grow and thrive.”

Let’s Talk About Privilege  http://physedagogy.com/2015/05/06/voices-of-physed-lets-talk-about-privilege/  In which I unpack my bundle of privileges as an African-American woman living in Austria.

“For me in my Black female physicality and intellect, the point (and the struggle) is to appear, to become visible, to cease being invisible.”
Woman. Black. Fit. Angry. (In)visible. All of the above

View at Medium.com

About parenting:

“Not so long ago an idea reached me that offered surprising clarity: On my deathbed I will not be wishing I had fret more over my children’s education.”
What I Will Fret Over https://medium.com/synapse/what-i-will-fret-over-fc696fe0746d#.6t5h5iyq7 

“In my dreams my children and grandchildren will not go to college; they will give birth to one.”

How Much Higher, Education? https://t.co/oEVk5f0GMp

About the intellectual life:

“So there’s that political thing: connecting the things I do, use, and promote to their effect on me, on others, our our collective existence and making decisions about my actions based on the outcomes I say I want… The choices I make as an individual do not happen in a vacuum. They occur and have implications in and for my surroundings and also express views and beliefs that relate to those surroundings. This why reading Audrey Watters and Tressie McMillan Cottam has become so important for me. Both point to intersection after intersection where individual decisions collide or overlap with societal assumptions and outcomes.”

In Deep Water With Audrey and Tressie https://edifiedlistener.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/in-deep-water-with-audrey-and-tressie/

“We cannot go on espousing the importance of critical thinking for our students, in our curricula, throughout our standards, if we are not willing and able to deconstruct the narratives we create and support in our own minds.”
Knee Jerk vs. A Stone’s Throw

About writing with the intent of being read:
“If we want audience, then we must first and foremost be audience. We need to read widely and astutely. We need to pause as we read the work of others – and become permeable.” 
Author, Audience and Parts of Speech for Digital Writing Month: https://t.co/mldE0OwtP6

About learning with my students:
“We’re talking about a game and we’re also talking about who we are in the game, and who has power in the game, and how the game makes us feel when we play it and according to whose rules. The conversation was not about dodgeball, yes or no, this conversation was about how we play and what are we creating in the way we choose to play it.”
Dodgeball Discussions https://t.co/mK8tPqqH1r

2015 turned out to be a very good year for me and my writing. Thank you for reading and supporting my work. May your 2016 be full of deep reading, healthy discovery and fearless personal and professional growth.

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