Photo from Stone Labyrinth

Photo from Stone Labyrinth
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@Tieandjeansis about to go off to Constructing Modern Knowledge, and he expresses some of his concerns herethat he won’t get as much out of it has he’d like, but that he’s hoping to be transformed.

In proof that it will be transformative, and encouragement, I show him this photograph, taken on July 21, 2009 — a few days after Constructing Modern Knowledge 2009 ended.

I’ve considered the construction of this labyrinth the start of my serious work as a magician, an artist, and a designer. It was the basis of my most important “paperless Friday” post, and it cropped up time and again in other posts over the next year or so, including an occasion when it was an opportunity to teach kids to build their own labyrinth, even though they were supposed to be serving a detention.

I guess the point, @tieandjeans, is that you don’t really know how much you’re going to be changed by the experience, or in what ways. I’d always thought of the labyrinth as the beginning of a lot of big things for me… but maybe it was really Constructing Modern Knowledge.

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  1. Ah! I remember the post and labyrynth from September well. I was a month into a new tech position at a tech-saturated school, and that post made me realize that I hadn’t yet walked the grounds of the school.

    Thanks for taking the time for some extra reflection. It’s helped as a reminder that my CMK angst is really just me. How to I open myself to people and experiences without trying to oversteer, control, impress, extract. Maybe I’ll borrow some rocks from Annika’s egg carton collection to keep me grounded.

    Here’s to the slow quiet churning of our hearts and minds, and all the poorly-mapped tributaries.

    • (I’ve deleted your correction-reply, and made the correction in the original post, @tieandjeans. Hope you don’t mind).

      I don’t mind taking some extra reflection. Actually, given some of the things I’m working on right now, taking the time was time-well-spent. That year was a singularly amazing, wonderful, god-awful year in my teaching career. Not the best, not the worst, but extraordinary and awful in a lot of ways, often both at the same time. It was good to revisit that year — and that was also the year that I won the “best teacher blog” nomination. No one has even suggested it since then. I wonder why… 🙂

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