Dawn Casey-Rowe will tell you she’s an idealist who went into teaching in order to change the world. She discovered instead, that teaching changed her.
In fact, she’s written a book about it, Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform. As she puts it, the book “is the humorous and heartwarming story of one teacher working through idealism and red tape to teach the teens who will soon run the world.”
Dawn is an educator who is passionate about the world of educational technology and discusses with me how especially kids who think differently can benefit if allowed to use the newest devices as tools in the classroom.
For example, a child who has genius ideas, but isn’t so great at writing them down, can be free to expand on them in an amazing and productive way simply by being able to access a hand held dictation device, like a smart phone.
Dawn’s Awesome Quote:
“When you look at that different way
of thinking … the greatest entrepreneurs
in the nation think like that.”
Listen in, as Dawn shares how she feels about the way she thinks and tells us the story of her own non-diagnosis. You see, while it does run in her family, it seems like she doesn’t have it.
As it turns out, she and I have similar ways in which we process information. She calls it a spider-webby way versus a linear way. Thinking differently, apparently, isn’t reserved for only those who have letters. (i.e.: ADHD, OCD, ODD, LD, etc.)
Dawn also points out, and gives examples of, successful entrepreneurs who, too, think differently, and are successful because, not in spite, of it. Therefore, the challenge for others is to think differently about what exactly these “letters” mean.
Be sure and check out her blog, Café Casey, and let her know you heard her here on the show!
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“I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I tell them at a time when education’s gone from being “a noble pursuit” to the epicenter of a national storm. Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits are out in full force. Everyone has something to say about education–everyone except the students and teachers in the classroom. Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform is the humorous and heartwarming story of one teacher working through idealism and red tape to teach the teens who will soon run the world.”