Victim or Partner? Getting rid of "Hook"
was not as easy as I had hoped. While the overt need was to eliminate
a copyrighted Disney character, I also had an uneasiness about the
concept. I first searched for other "hooks" in Google
graphics. All the images I found were harsh, threatening, and unsettling.
got me to thinking about the underlying message: hooking someone
into something has a sneaky, negative connotation. They are victims
and not partners. Even the Disney Hook character was a villain.
This was not what I wanted
to convey nor my vision of the process.
Shift Process... I began searching for my real message.
Talking the ideas through was a helpful exercise. Nikki Fernandez
was a great listener in AIM. I also shared with my daughter, who
at 32, is leaving a career in administration to go into classroom
teaching and will student teach in January. Both were invaluable
as sounding boards. However, I still did not have a solution.
Somewhere in these discussions the idea of "spark" flashed
out. Interestingly, at about this time I got an email with a link
to a visual
thesaurus. Working with that, I also came upon catalyst. I also
used both an American Heritage paperback dictionary and a 5"
thick Webster's dictionary from 1944.
searching for a spark image with Google, I came across this fractal.
I did invert the color. I emailed the owner, Phillipe Wautelet of
Belgium, and got permission to use it as long as I linked to his
site. The link is on my ARP main page. See below for more on
the fractal concept.
results... conveyed more nearly my vision.
an agent of change; something that initiates or accelerates action
or reaction; something that dissolves or loosens.
SPARK: a quality with
latent potential; something that ignites...
is my role along with our trainer and the student tech advisors
~ all of us mentoring and being mentored. We don't push or pull
change but provide the environment for change. One definition of
AGENT is an instrument of change. I like that. We are the instrument
that the teacher uses and directs as they change. We provide the
window and vehicle for their awakening vision.
idea that the spark
represents potential already inherent to the teacher resonates with
my concept of man as possessing unlimited capabilities. I like the
idea that the driving force and interest come from within the teacher
and are not something to be instilled. We are just unlocking hidden
treasure or turning the kaleidescope so that other gems sparkle.
was an inspired find. I like the idea that as this process of learning
develops - sparked by the teacher and facilitated by the catalyst,
there is order but you don't really know what it will look like
while it is in the process of developing. You often need to either
"zoom" out or in to find the pattern and beauty of what
is developing. Just as one mathematical formula can create a wide
variety of fractals, each instance of the catalyst + spark can result
in a unique creative learning experience.