In the wake of this awful last week in Boston, of tragedy, fear, and uncertainty, I feel it’s particularly appropriate to stop and reflect upon on all the wonderful things in my life that I’m currently thankful for. This year really has been remarkable in so many ways and I’m so grateful for all the big and little things in my life.

So, here are a series of “top 3” lists from this semester at HGSE:
Concerts/Performances

  1. Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble @ Sanders Theater
  2. Eddie Izzard @ Memorial Church
  3. Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma @ Sanders Theater

Talks

  1. Howard Gardner and Steven Pinker–a conversation between these two great minds on psychology, research, language, writing, the academy, and their philosophy of the mind
  2. Lawrence Lessig–beautiful talk on Aaron Swartz, law, and justice in the digital age
  3. OneHarvard Lectures That Last–a Harvard Graduate Council event that featured one professor from each of the 12 graduate schools at Harvard, giving a TED style talk on their research, their field, and the need for interdisciplinary work

Presentation Opportunities

  1. Student Research Conference–presented my research from undergrad that I continued in H-107 (Ed Neuro) on understanding digital literacy and fluency using an interdisciplinary lens
  2. edX/HarvardX TIE seminar–presented with fellow TIE students on our experiences at HarvardX this semester and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead
  3. Global Education Leadership–presented my paper from A-801 (Intl Ed Policy) on Brazil’s education challenges at this conference

Days of Class

    1. T-553 (Teacher Learning and Technology): Edcamp 553–introduced a new form and style of professional development… and I gotta say, I love this unconference model of peer adult learning
    2. T-543 (Applying Cognitive Science to Teaching and Learning): the day we learned in (and engaged in) problem-based learning–blew me away. To be fair, every week this class blows me away, and I walk away convinced that this week really was my favorite. :P
    3. T-581 (Advanced Design Studio): the day we talked about the sociotechnical frameworks for design in seminar–love, love, love looking at technology design from this larger ecosystems point of view and this theoretical lens just clicked for me in a way that I’d been hoping for all semester.
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