Friday, February 29, 2008

NY -- Friday, February 29, 2008

What I’m Reading: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (almost done)

What I’m working on: I’m at a work conference so just getting in my 100 words a day.

New Words Today: 128

New York Day #3:
Today was a lighter conference day for me. I woke up with a lovely migraine (sarcasm) that wouldn't go away.

However, I did manage to make it to Daniel Pink's presentation. Very interesting. The most important idea he imparted: We (educators) need to prepare kids for their future, not our past.

Thank you. I've been fighting this year to make teachers understand that just because a subject has been taught a particular way for the past 50 years doesn't mean we should continue to teach it that way. We need to make real efforts to reach today's kid and help him travel into his future.

I visited the exhibit hall for awhile and checked out the travel companies. My boss and I have a shared vision of taking kids to Israel. We go to Europe and the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica and Australia. We'd like to include Israel. However, I'll have to keep searching because none of the student travel companies there did Israel trips.

Finally, I heard Mariane Pearl, author of A Mighty Heart speak. She was lovely. Her message:
Preserve hope.
Maintain trust.
Open a dialogue.
Speak out.
Take action.

Yes. Good plan.

Tonight I also ate at The Brooklyn Diner (a favorite of writer bud Katrina) and saw The Other Boleyn Girl. Yummy food and a good movie. (But as usual, the book by Philippa Gregory is so much better.)

Night all.



Chudney Defreitas-Thomas said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying NY.

C. Alyson Love said...

Sorry to hear about your migraine, Macy. I checked out all the links you provided regarding the speakers you saw. Wow!! I would have loved that conference. Amazing speakers! I can't believe you saw Marianne Pearl, too. I want to hear all about her. AND, I know you said the book was better than the movie, but you didn't report on Eric Bana. (I love him!) How was he in the movie?

Hope you got home safely and are migraine-free today:)

Macy O'Neal said...

Eric Bana was yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think I just prolonged the crush I've had on him for awhile (since batman). It's worth the $11 or whatever it costs where you live just to see him.

Dara Edmondson said...

Sounds like a busy and worthwhile time in NYC. Looking forward to seeing that movie - haven't read the book, though.

Katie Reus said...

Sorry about your migraine but it sounds like an amazing conference. It's good to know that the school system has innovative people like you willing to look forward :)