Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Freebie: What I'm Reading in Ten Minutes or Less: Robin Williams' Lessons for Teachers

This summer, I had a reading assignment. All of us who are teaching PSY100 next semester read (and discussed) Teaching With Your Mouth Shut. Weird title, I know. And though the basis of the book was valid, it wasn't nearly as much fun to learn the concepts from the author as it was to watch Robin Williams put them into practice on the screen.
The book focused on stepping away from the role of all-knowing purveyor of knowledge and into the role of facilitator of information, much as Williams did in my favorite of his movies, Dead Poet's Society.

So, if you'd like to read something inspiring about Robin Williams -- something that has nothing to do with depression or suicide, or even an incredible blue genie -- check out Anya Kamenetz's blog at NPR about how a gifted sage on the stage demonstrated how to be the guide on the side.

Rest in peace, Oh Captain, My Captain.

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