An English teacher loves semantic "mouse chasing word cheese in the evolving mash-up language maze" games. In other words, if language has no life, why should life require that we spend so much school time mastering it?
I officially nominate -- from the business world -- "mullet strategy" as my future-of-learning phrase of the day (perhaps week/month!).
Thanks for DK/MediaSnackers via his Twitter post today for pointing me in the direction of the following "Double Tongued" post:
The biggest sites on the web are all embracing the “mullet strategy”—business up front, party in the back! User generated content is all the rage but most of it totally sucks.
That is why sites like YouTube, MySpace, CNN, and HuffPost are all embracing the mullet strategy. They let users party, argue, and vent on the secondary pages, but professional editors keep the front page looking sharp.
The mullet strategy is here to stay because the best way for web companies to grow traffic is to let the users have control, but the best way to sell advertising is a slick, pretty front page where corporate sponsors can wistfully admire their brands.
So, what is your "mullet strategy" for teaching/learning in the year ahead?
How will you help your kids be "all business in the front" and "party in the back" on creative terms? How about your teaching style and curriculum development and classroom demeanor/atmosphere?
And will it make a difference?
Image: this can't-stop-looking-at-it drawing/image is from Matt Feld. Please check out his entire portfolio. Brilliant top to bottom!