I would like to start a discussion here centered around two quotes from Dr. Tim Tyson of Mabry Middle School. These quotes came from the closing keynote he presented at NECC 2007.
The effective educator in this age of hyper connectivity is the educator that collapses the distance between children and meaningful contribution.
Meaningfulness is the product of connectedness and sharing.
These quotes seem so simple. One might say "duh" after hearing them; however, why do educators as a breed (myself included) find it so difficult to provide opportunities for students to be able to make meaningful contributions?
What can we do on a practical level to provide students with opportunities to make meaningful contributions?
After all, that is what we all want in life. We all are striving to make meaning of our lives and find ways to make meaningful contributions.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.