I have recently returned from a thought-provoking meeting, and write here to share some reflections. For almost two decades, our Good Project team has been investigating Good Work, and more recently we have expanded our research to include investigations into Good Play, Good Citizenship, and Good Life.
As the Academic Research Program Director at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, I use the GoodWork Toolkit while teaching students about the research process to have them understand the importance of reflecting on their values and to see how these values impact different aspects of their research.
It was a rare sunny day in a stretch of bleary days in Seattle, so most of the Chief Sealth International (CSI) High School students had shed their jackets and were sporting their World Water Week (WWW) festival t-shirts. In the far corner, my team of highly skilled freshmen and sophomores helped some participants don sheets to affix their five gallon water jugs to their backs.
“#NACA13 the awkward moment when bubba sparks [sic] was here the entire weekend and people just now noticed it”
“I’m at a wake…no wait im [sic] at block booking. Can we use 5 hour energy instead of paddles?#NACA13”
“Go home#NACA13, you’re drunk”
The snippets above are excerpts from a backchannel, or a collection of messages arranged topically, of thousands of Tweets sent during the 2013 National Association for Campus Activities Conference in Nashville, TN.
This year’s commencement season saw many eminent speakers providing advice to graduates across the country. We found many connections between themes presented in commencement speeches this year to concepts we are working with at The Good Project. In our research on Quality, …
Upon returning to Italy after the GoodWork Conference: “Developing Responsible, Caring, & Balanced Youth”, in Dedham, MA, I was thrown again into the messy political debate raging on in my country. After the results of the elections, it took about two months before the so-called political class managed to form a new government.
Planting the Seeds of Power and Purpose: A GoodWork™-inspired Introduction to Higher Education for First-Year Students
For several months, my colleague (Dr. Jennifer Johnson) and I have been developing a GoodWork™-inspired Summer Reading Assignment and series of Freshman Orientation workshops for first-year (often, first generation) undergraduate students.
Conference Reflections from a Classroom Teacher: Three Human Phenomena and the Three E’s of Good Work
Recently, I attended the first GoodWork conference at Noble and Greenbough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Armed with and ready to present the elementary toolkit that I had been developing with my mother, Jo Hoffman, and Good Team members Margot Locker, Wendy Fischman, and Lynn Barendsen, I arrived on that very snowy Friday not sure what to expect.
In Scotland, our new Curriculum for Excellence is intended to enable all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society. Initial guidelines for Literacy and English appeared in 2008, claiming that “the important skills of critical literacy” were being foregrounded in the new curriculum.
A couple of years ago Clayton Christensen, guru on the principles of successful business innovation, wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled, ‘How Will You Measure Your Life?’. The piece sets out the guidance Christensen gave to the HBS class of 2010 about principles for success in their personal lives.