"Whole New Mind" and, now, "Drive" author Daniel Pink shares two questions that can change the life of you and students in this video.
Innovative educators, will recognize what a fantastic video this is to show students. Those who use blogs, discussion forums, or other online learning communities with their students could post this video and have students respond. How fantastic would that be...students starting to think about, discuss, refine, revise, and perfect "their sentence." What a great insight into students for educators interested in differentiating instruction by engaging students with whatever it is that drives them. The second question, "Am I better today than yesterday?" is a fantastic student assessment tool. Now this is the type of data that should drive instruction!
I went through elementary school, middle school, high school, undergrad, and grad school without anyone bothering to ask me what my sentence was, or bother to care about my interests, talents, and passions. I hope there are some educators out there who will change that for today's students...and for themselves!