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Mark Burke is CEO and founder of THINK'ID8

Crafter or Cog?

By Mark T. Burke

As an educator, do you consider yourself a crafter or a cog?

CogsIf you seek ways to help students create learning experiences, you are a crafter.  If you view standards as guides and minimums, you are a crafter.  If you allow classroom events to evolve as you go, to take you and the students to unexpected but invaluable “places”, you are a crafter.  If you embrace input from your audience and react to it, you are a crafter.  If you surprise your peers every once in awhile with something TOTALLY transformational, you are a crafter.  If you market what you and your students do to your community, your friends, your family, you are a crafter.  If you would proudly wear a t-shirt highlighting your student’s most recent achievement, you are a crafter.  If you created that t-shirt, you are a master crafter.

Cogs just go around in circles.  Be a crafter!

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