I've been enjoying watching the conversations grow on this blog! You all have some great ideas, and I'm glad to see you are applying them to your personal goals and your work at school. (See especially Marcos's blog about homework and independence at Chinquapin.) You are already showing your leadership by participating in this blog and taking the risk of sharing your ideas here.
Now I would like to see the "lurkers" who have not yet participated chime in. We are getting closer to the start of school (August 16th!), and the rest of you most certainly should have started your reading of Drive by now. If you are not sure where you might jump in, I suggest that you pull a passage (a sentence or two) that speaks to you and just respond to that. (Don't forget to cite the page number.) You don't have to have read and digested the entire book to be able to dive into the conversation.
How about it? Which passage got you thinking? Was it about autonomy, like Tito's blog below? Or was it about mastery? What about the significance of having a sense of purpose in what you do?
As you blog about your thoughts and reflections, don't forget to include "labels" (also called tags). Include a label of your first name and at least one for the main idea of your blog. As you can see from the "tag cloud" on the right, your name or topic gets bigger the more you use a particular tag. And, frankly, my name is way too big here! I want to see more from you than from me.
Finally, I want to thank the teachers -- Jeremy D., Amanda, and Amulya -- who have taken the time to participate in the conversation. This all makes me very excited about the coming year and our work together.
(And a few members of the Class of 2011 are still missing. Where are they? Please encourage them to get on board! I would like to see a post from everyone in the next week.)