Friday, October 18, 2013

Finding Mentors for my students: the highest work for a teacher (in the Littky/Washor Big Picture system)

One of the best things a teacher can do is to link a student to a mentor.

Here's what I wrote to a guy named Chris -- I heard him talk at a cafe and I just had to ask him to consider being a virtual mentor for some of my students...


MY EMAIL to Chris


Here's what I remember you said to your friend.

"God has a perfect body waiting for you."

What other words could be said to a person who is preparing to leave?  I could teach a class of 30 kids for a year and not one of them might come up with a better sentence.   

Your story could inspire others to "do what Betty did"  (I think you said her name was betty).
What did Betty do?  For 33 years she devoted herself to helping others.

A lovely statement, but why not tell three or four stories about "what betty did" and post them on a website.  Then I can point my students to read your stories about betty and maybe some of them will be inspired to "do what betty did" (help others) 

Thanks for your time.   I am between teaching jobs at the moment and the best use of my time is to hang out at coffee shops (not the chains) to look for people lie you who speak passionately, eloquently and with verve.  I want my students to be influenced by people like you.

I teach English as a second language during the summer to collect teens who want to improve their English (from Europe and S America) and then when I 'm in classes in a typical school., I try to inspire my U.S. students to reach out and assist the International students with their accents and to improve their conversation skills in English.

in other words, it's community service via facebook, skype, Instagram, twitter and email.  (things that many students like to do anyway)

Your story about Betty has inspired me and I will share it with my facebook friends and with my U.S. students (some of them are prepping for the SAT).  I also have a good friend who is a guidance counselor at a charter school and he will look for artistic minded kids who want to learn about "the real world"...  

Again, please write two or three stories about what Betty did specifically and that might inspire some of my U.S. students to begin reaching out to my international students. (I have a list at that shows their email addresses of international student who are waiting for conversation practice with U.S. teenagers)

Best wishes,


Here are some links about the need for graphic concepts in education.

a)  Dan Pink    the MFA  > MBA
  1. Is An MFA The New MBA? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation › Fast Company › leadership
    Mar 28, 2013 - In fact, according to an annual survey tracking the career trajectories ofmore than 65,000 artists from hundreds of arts schools, the Strategic  ...
  2. Daniel Pink and the Economic Model of Creativity - Washington Post › Collections › Brain
    Apr 2, 2008 - Or as Pink puts it in a classic bullet point: The MFA is the new MBA. ...More bullet points, delivered as Pink wandered the stage with a microphone headset ...World's Best Lasagna tops AllRecipes list for more than a decade  ...
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  3. The New MBA - Visual and Active - Google Sites
    (Daniel H. Pink is contributing editor at Wired Magazine, American's leading writer and.... from Ringling more valuable than you ever imagined when you enrolled ... corporate positions, the rules have changed: the MFA is the new MBA. In.
b)  connected principals

c)  The Vimeo channel for a remarkable director of documentaries

Here is the trailer for his Genetic Modified Indian Cotton movie called "behind the label."  Please click to increase hits.
  1. Behind the label - Trailer HD on Vimeo

  2. May 9, 2011
    Behind the label A documentary by Cecilia Mastrantonio and Sebastiano Tecchio... I went to this link and there is a link to buy ... Seba Tecchio'stechnique has grown in complexity, adding layers of ... behind. label. cotton. GMO. GM. organic. OGM. documentary. india.

Let me know if it's okay to send your email address to selected students.  I'll ask them to keep their questions short and no more than one email message per month.

Steve Math Teacher
Steve McCrea
Editor, Building More-Responsive Schools by Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D.  

I am a Test Prep teacher at Broward College (Continuing Education Department):  I teach the 12 Global Skills through the ARTS focus (and my students think like mathematicians and musicians)
I embrace the "musician's approach to academics":  practice, practice, practice until we achieve mastery.

Please give hits to these websites   
Schools that I admire and to my youtube channels

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I recommend membership in, the pubisher of Littky's important book
The Big Picture (2004).

Why not visit the web book?

Visit the Travel Blog

"People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things." (Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference, 1997)

Please visit this video and raise its hits.
310 views on 10 May 2013
please suggest a video that we can click

KATIE GIMBAR's  list of 16 videos about Flipping the Classroom.  let's celebrate her success

as an SAT test prep teacher, i like engaging the help of parents, so here are some hints

I mentioned Dan Pink:  "Motivation 3.0" is a way of giving advice and sharing
Dan Pink talks about the new economy.

some of my blog posts

From Pablo

From Dennis Yuzenas

About Charles Cornelius  

Three-Minute training

John Corlette (I met him in 1972)

Not one person is expecting anything from you in the next 4 hours. So the ability to appreciate the task at hand and thinking creatively seemed natural.
What I was depriving myself from was time in the day where there was no pressure and no expectations. For the same reasons that I felt most creative on Saturday mornings and on planes, 4 a.m. has become a place of productive peace. That feeling is why I love what I do. I don't need a vacation. I don't need to step away. I just need a couple hours a day before anyone else is up.

Making an omelette, coffee, playing guitar, exercising, listening to the Dan Patrick Show, learning a language, and getting some exercise all felt like optimal experiences when not in completion for mental bandwidth slated for the company. And by 6:45, I'm working on the biggest items on my plate that I can focus on without the threat of new stimuli for the next couple of hours.

Building a schedule that protects your love for what you do is critical to optimizing the quality of your life--and your work.
Paul DeJoe, FastCompany article

I have been following D.r Amen's recommendations about the use of email for several years.

1.  I look at email only once or twice a day
2. I stay focused.  Before looking at my email, I write the priorities of my day.  
3. Then I look only for email that are related to my priorities of the day.
4.  I don't worry about responding to each piece of email.  Set aside a day once a week to deal with every other message that you receive.  
5.  I tell my new clients to send me a text if they want me to look at an email within 24 hours.     Generally it takes 72 hours for me to look at every email message.

954 646 8246 is my phone



I hope he will write about Betty.  I can imagine some of the nice things that Betty did.   

If you are a teacher or a student and you want to get in touch with Chris, write him a letter send me the message.... and I'll pass on your email address and message to him.

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