Never Settle….Expect More!

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So I saw the above meme online this past week….and it was so counterintuitive to everything I believe and value and live, I was taken aback.

Expect less? Lower the bar? Settle for whatever lands in my lap? NO!

First of all, how much is too much to expect?

Secondly, who is aiming for the “simple things”?

And finally, who is living in the fear of life getting complicated?!

I have news for who ever thought posting the sentiment “expect less” in italics would make it any more persuasive: life gets complicated whether you expect a little or a lot. And if your life doesn’t get complicated, maybe you’re not fully living.

So if your goal in life is to play it safe, this blog post is not for you.

It isn’t expecting too much that makes life complicated! On the contrary, people who expect too little are like speed bumps and pot holes; creating hazards and obstacles, holding up progress.

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Anyone wanting a better life for their children than they had expects more.

Anyone who wants to right a wrong and set things straight expects more.

Anyone who wants to leave the world a better place than they found it expects more.

And if expecting more makes existence more complicated…CELEBRATE IT! It means you’re pushing the limits and living life to the full.

I’m not settling for whatever crumbs randomly fall from life’s table. I was born to explore and experience and push the boundaries. I was put on this planet to make a difference and make my presence felt. I was given the faculties and fortitude to devour life’s deliciousness, seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting every last morsel.

Expect less? I’m offended by the very suggestion. You should be, too. Because anyone pushing platitudes about settling in this life is trying to contain you, not console you.

Don’t let anyone compartmentalize your promise. Blow the lid off of any effort to try. This is YOUR life. YOUR opportunity to leave your mark. YOUR chance to make the most of everything you’ve been given.

Never settle.

Expect more!

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12 Ways to Make This Year Your Best! [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Here’s to the best year of your career yet! Make it count!Walter sig

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Where’s the Wherewithal to Take Action on the Answers to Ed Tech’s Challenges? [VIDEO 4:16]

Paul Hamilton presents a creative and artistic look at the challenges edtech faces. Created in 2012, we know the answers to the questions he poses:

– What do we want technology to do in schools?

– Does more money equal increased learning?

– If we buy a lot of expensive technology and sometimes use it ineffectively, or dangerously, what does that get us?

– Are we asking the right questions about technology, learning, and schools?

– What world will our students exit school into?

– What skills will they need to be successful?

– Is the way we are using technology now turning our students ‘off’ to the people and the world around them?

We know the answers. Were’s the wherewithal to take action on them?

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The Future of Wearable Technology in the Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Technology is progressing at an astonishing rate and none more so than wearable tech. Despite this wearables are still very much a niche product and a buzzword for many but some organisations are already reaping the benefits from their employees using smartwatches, health monitors and even treadmill desks. Devices like this can boost not only wellness but also productivity, job satisfaction and even data security.

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#EdTherapy: A New Twitter Chat

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Launching Thursday night, September 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm et, join the inaugural #EdTherapy Twitter chat facilitated by three very intelligent, inspiring, reflective education practitioners Matt Mingle, Chris Tienken and Tom Tramaglini. I can’t think of three more qualified “therapists”!

First topic: Assessment

Please join in!

“Big Data Is Not The Panacea For All Education’s Woes” – Big Data Guru

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Reposted from the Smart Data Collective:

“With more and more technology and data in the classroom, there is the very real drawback of the teacher’s role becoming much more data-driven and administrative, which I believe already is a major problem.

Great teachers are in their profession because they are passionate about educating our children. They get a buzz from seeing kid’s eyes light up when they understand a new topic and they are passionate about making children flourish in a topic. Unfortunately, those same great teachers are generally less passionate about the fact that now algorithms take over that job and that their role involves (even more) data input and administrative work, even if all of this might ultimately helps pupils to excel.

So big data and technology is probably not going to be the panacea for all of education’s woes. I believe that it is critical that we build the technology alongside the vital role of great teachers and not alienate them through the use of data and analytics. In the end, as with every industry, understanding and applying the data and analytics processes to education will yield positive results and ultimately benefit teachers and students.”

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The Power of Empathy [VIDEO 2:53]

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Dr Brené Brown is a research professor and best-selling author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” (Penguin Portfolio, 2013). She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Watch Dr Brené Brown’s full talk ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ here.