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Gnawing at my brain…

There is a mouse in my wall.

Why can't they all be like the evil thing in my wall? Why can't we help them get there?

Its obnoxious, incessant gnawing at the window, and refusal to eat the poison I have put every direction it has already been, makes me realize that this steadfast progress is what I would hope to see my students achieve.

I have been surrounded by the idea that you need 10,000 hours to become an expert. Recently, while shoveling my walk, I was listening to an NPR interview of Malcolm Gladwell, who just came out with a book called Outliers. He thinks that the idea of gifted children is a myth. They are simply children who have talent and passion and have spent a lot of time doing something they love.

How do we achieve that same passion? How do we give them opportunity so they may grow that passion?


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