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Finding Hope when Learning

Knowledge leads to hope, which is sometimes forgotten in learning. Teachers and mentors may share new knowledge and then jump into action, skipping over hope. After we receive new knowledge, we are often expected to apply it by doing "the lab" or "reading the book" or "taking a quiz" or "pounding a nail." The good teacher will slow down and talk about "hopes" -- the "whats" and "whys" of learning. Hope is powerful. Many of us have seen a clip of Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker born with Phocomelia, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of legs and arms. He has become the embodiment of hope and people are drawn to his message because he connects their knowledge with dreams and desires to act. As you watch Nick's video and he talks of the world, bring it smaller such as into your classroom and into your home.

You may see his TedTalk here:

The question for this week: When has hope changed you? Or, when have you found a way to connect to the hopes and dreams of people with whom you work?

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