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Blog & Podcast #ELB 64: Open your creative filter (RAS) w/ Teach Like a Pirate author Dave Burgess
Open your RAS! What the heck is that you may be thinking? Your RAS (reticular activating system) is the part of your brain that filters the information that comes in. What are you looking to bring into your brain? Dave shares the story in his book, #TLAP Teach Like a Pirate, about when he and his family were buying a minivan. He writes that he never really noticed them on the road before until he bought his own–then he saw them everywhere! Same happened to me when I went on my first RV trip two summers ago. Never had really noticed one on the road before (because my RAS was not open to RV’s!) Once I went on the trip, man they were all over the place. I saw every model possible!
So what does this mean for us educational leaders? Whatever initiative or idea you are looking for–student engagement, teacher leaders, smoke free environment–if you open your RAS to those things, you will let the information flow in. Since I have started my podcast and blog over 16 months ago, I have not had to look far for an idea or an guest…they just keep coming because I am always open to hearing, seeing, finding them ..ie: open RAS! I recently went to a a Justin Timberlake concert (amazing performer) with my beautiful wife and what did I do on the way back?…wrote down 5 things I learned by going to the JT concert–and that will be an upcoming show and blog. Who would have thought?
Whatever it is you are trying to accomplish/get better at, open your RAS and the ideas will flow! If you are stuck, start by using twitter or linkedin and put in a # with the subject you are trying to learn about/do more of and that will be your start! #survivethrive Go get ’em!
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Enjoy the Podcast: A burst of energy! ELB #64 with SuperStar Dave Burgess
Book Recommendation: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
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