Writing Your Verse

Writing Your Verse

Lately I have had the opportunity to hear and to learn about the importance and value of coding, gaming, making, and higher order thinking associated with STEM education – from my colleagues, from workshops, and from research. This is what I want for my kids. I’ve also gotten to hear from people like Angela Maiers and Erin Olson –  whose vision for students to share their voice and be inspired and inspire others can be felt in their words. This is what I want for my kids.

Think about what you want for your kids – your students or your own children – in education – because as I heard Erin say recently, as educators, “my kids are your kids, and your kids are my kids.”

We want them to:

build….

create…

work together…

have a place in the future…

help shape the future…


That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse (Walt Whitman). 

Yes, it’s an Apple commercial. Some of you may have seen it. I usually skip commercials, but I happened to be watching TV and I truly believe I was meant to see this ad and share it with you.

What will your verse be? As educators we have a much more important task, and we have the opportunity to be a part of hundreds and thousands of verses. What will your students’ verses be?

So I go back to my list of what I want for my kids. There are hundreds of thousands of engineers and computer scientists being produced each year all over the world. Most of them are not in the United States. Most of them are in countries like India and China. Thomas Friedman sat down to do an interview with Daniel Pink a few years ago and he said, “You know, I just came back from China and they’re always proud of how many engineers they’re educating. They are and bless them for it. But they’re not educating rounded engineers. I hope we are.”

The kids who are going to find the jobs and have the future that we want them to have are the ones who can see the beauty and the life and the design and the story in the world around them. We need to create well rounded, global students who can tie their liberal arts education into their science and math and engineering and creating.

What do I want for my kids?

I want students who can see the world for what it is and know that their impact will make a difference.

I want students who appreciate and celebrate the differences in the world around them.

I want students who want to make a difference. 

I want students who want to make and build and create and collaborate and connect in order to make a difference.

And your job…

my job…

OUR job…

is to help them find their voice, help them find that place to make their mark, and write their verse.