Monday, June 29, 2009

ISTE NECC 2009 - Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell's keynote address at the ISTE NECC 2009 conference began with an analogy of Fleetwood Mac's success with the album Rumors and how the band struggled to perfect their music over the 16 albums that preceded it. #necc09mg

Without 10+ years of hard work, it is hard to achieve mastery. The live blog and discussions over twitter reflected on this thought. Some felt that it did not account for the creative genius of the talented educators who are new to the practice of teaching.

My thoughts? Practice makes perfect is not always the outcome, despite how long some folks practice their craft. Learning from experience and creating knowledge from it aligns with my constructivist philosophy. One of my favorite quotes comes to mind.

Good judgment comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgment.

(attributed to Will Rogers and Barry LePatner)

We need opportunities to fail and to learn from failure in order to appreciate and achieve success. #necc2009mg

I enjoyed last year's keynote address and the reflections on the wisdom of crowds. This year, I'm humming "Rock on, Gold Dust Woman" and looking forward to tomorrow's sessions. *grins* #necc09 #necc09mg