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Nigel Coutts

The Power of Relationship for Positive School Climate - The Learner's Way - 6 views

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    In teaching and for learning relationships are everything.   This is one of those statements that cannot be overstated, it is true now, it has always been true.To craft a truly positive school climate demands our fullest attention to every detail of every relationship we build but the effort is well worth it.  
Steve Ransom

How Not to Be Alone - NYTimes.com - 17 views

  • Technology celebrates connectedness, but encourages retreat.
  • The phone didn’t make me avoid the human connection, but it did make ignoring her easier in that moment, and more likely, by comfortably encouraging me to forget my choice to do so.
  • The more distracted we become, and the more emphasis we place on speed at the expense of depth, the less likely and able we are to care.
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  • Most of our communication technologies began as diminished substitutes for an impossible activity.
  • These inventions were not created to be improvements upon face-to-face communication, but a declension of acceptable, if diminished, substitutes for it.
  • we began to prefer the diminished substitutes.
  • it’s easier to check in without becoming entangled.
  • Each step “forward” has made it easier, just a little, to avoid the emotional work of being present, to convey information rather than humanity.
  • My daily use of technological communication has been shaping me into someone more likely to forget others.
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