This book is revolutionizing me! An art teacher at my school (with whom I've been working on the graphic novel unit) suggested and let me borrow it. I speed-read through the book earlier this week, and now I'm slowly re-reading and annotating my own copy. Here's my one sentence summary:
We are leaving the Information Age and entering the Conceptual Age, when knowledge workers must make way for the creators and empathizers.
That may sound cryptic, but please read the book!
I most certainly see myself as a teacher who both creates and empathizes. I won't just follow a script, and I won't just skill and drill. I want students to understand the meaning and beauty of language in their lives, and I teach based on our individual and collective past and current and new experiences.
We have finished reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and will read the wordless graphic novel The Arrival next week.