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What’s Your First Job?
What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul>
What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul>
What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul>
What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul...
What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul...
What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul...
Your Job: Go to School and Study!
 
AVID is the only class you’ll ever get On How to Do Your Job
What is the Purpose of Your Job?
To Gain Knowledge
“ All men, by nature, desire to know.” Aristotle
Ignorance is bliss.
Knowledge Ignorance Who’s Right?
<ul><li>“ We seek knowledge to reduce anxiety  </li></ul><ul><li>and   </li></ul><ul><li>we also avoid knowing to reduce a...
Not Knowing Knowing It’s scary to take this step
Not Knowing Knowing It’s scary to take this step … and it’s scary to take this step
Not Knowing Knowing The Bad News: You will go through this cycle over and over for as long as you live.
Go On to More Knowledge “ Can’t I Just Stay Here?” Life
Knowledge & FEAR
<ul><li>Uncertainty is the prerequisite to gaining knowledge ,  </li></ul><ul><li>and frequently the result as well. </li>...
<ul><li>Uncertainty is the prerequisite to gaining knowledge,  </li></ul><ul><li>and frequently the result as well. </li><...
Q: What is your biggest obstacle to learning anything? Teachers? Parents? Language? Equipment? Facilities? School Administ...
A: You Are.
 
Dead Skin Cells
Skin and Bone Dead Skin Cells
Skin and Bone Dead Skin Cells Brain
Your Brain
Automatic Functions
Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind
Conscious Mind Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind
Conscious Mind
Unconscious Mind Conscious Mind
Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind Conscious Mind
Do homework. Play Xbox. The Conscious Mind
Unconscious Mind Conscious MindD Do homework. Play Xbox. Fight! Get Meat! The Unconscious Mind
Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind Do homework. Play Xbox. Fight! Get Meat! Conscious MindD Run!
Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization
Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Do homework. Play Xbox.
Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Do homework. Play Xbox. Run!
Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Do homework. Play Xbox. Run! Fear
I need to ask a question.
I need to ask a question. But I’m going to look dumb!
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me.
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends.
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my f...
I need to ask a question. I’m going to DIE!
What I Know What I Don’t Know
What I Don’t Know What I Know
 
“ The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else: it is a mainspring of human activity….”
What Does This Have to Do with Going to School and Studying?
Any time you are feeling You are experiencing some form of the fear of death. Anxious Uncertain Fearful Scared Intimidated 1
I need to ask a question. I’m going to DIE!
2 When you recognize that whatever is making you … …  probably won’t kill you, you begin to take control. Anxious Uncertai...
“ Heroism is the first and foremost reflex of the terror of death …”
Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Fear Denial of Death
I need to ask a question…
I need to ask a question… and it’s not going to kill me!
<ul><li>The first step to knowledge is the confession of ignorance. </li></ul><ul><li>Gerald Weinberg </li></ul>
Dumb questions are some of your best tools!
<ul><li>The &quot;silly&quot; question is the first intimation of some totally new development. </li></ul><ul><li>Alfred N...
<ul><li>The willingness to make a fool of oneself is almost a prerequisite to rapid learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Kenneth Bo...
I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who...
<ul><li>There will never come a day  </li></ul><ul><li>when you know everything  </li></ul><ul><li>you will ever need to k...
Not Knowing Knowing The Bad News: You will go through this cycle over and over for as long as you live.
Knowing Not Knowing Knowing Not Knowing Knowing The  Good  News: It’s a journey, not a closed loop. Not Knowing Not Knowin...
Look out the window.
The complexity of the universe is beyond expression in any possible notation. Michael Frayn
The complexity of the universe is beyond expression in any possible notation. Not even what you see before you can ever be...
Now close your eyes.
Now close your eyes. Not even what you see now. Michael Frayn
Knowing Not Knowing Knowing Not Knowing Knowing Not Knowing Not Knowing Knowing The  Good  News: You can start that journe...
<ul><li>We shall not cease from exploration </li></ul><ul><li>And the end of all our exploring </li></ul><ul><li>Will be t...
“ Our central calling, our main task on this planet, is the heroic.”
So How Do You Gain Knowledge?
Answer: Be a Super Hero. Ask Dumb Questions!
Now Jump!
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Becoming a Hero in School: Overcoming the Fear of Learning

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Becoming a Hero in School: Overcoming the Fear of Learning

  1. 1. What’s Your First Job?
  2. 2. What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Promotions </li></ul>
  6. 6. What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Promotions </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Work and Responsibilities </li></ul>
  7. 7. What’s Your First Job? <ul><li>Monday to Friday </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Hours a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Promotions </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Work and Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>People Care if You Show Up or Not </li></ul>
  8. 8. Your Job: Go to School and Study!
  9. 10. AVID is the only class you’ll ever get On How to Do Your Job
  10. 11. What is the Purpose of Your Job?
  11. 12. To Gain Knowledge
  12. 13. “ All men, by nature, desire to know.” Aristotle
  13. 14. Ignorance is bliss.
  14. 15. Knowledge Ignorance Who’s Right?
  15. 16. <ul><li>“ We seek knowledge to reduce anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>we also avoid knowing to reduce anxiety.” </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham Maslow </li></ul>
  16. 17. Not Knowing Knowing It’s scary to take this step
  17. 18. Not Knowing Knowing It’s scary to take this step … and it’s scary to take this step
  18. 19. Not Knowing Knowing The Bad News: You will go through this cycle over and over for as long as you live.
  19. 20. Go On to More Knowledge “ Can’t I Just Stay Here?” Life
  20. 21. Knowledge & FEAR
  21. 22. <ul><li>Uncertainty is the prerequisite to gaining knowledge , </li></ul><ul><li>and frequently the result as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Edith Hamilton </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>Uncertainty is the prerequisite to gaining knowledge, </li></ul><ul><li>and frequently the result as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Edith Hamilton </li></ul>
  23. 24. Q: What is your biggest obstacle to learning anything? Teachers? Parents? Language? Equipment? Facilities? School Administrators? Homework? Other Students? Textbooks?
  24. 25. A: You Are.
  25. 27. Dead Skin Cells
  26. 28. Skin and Bone Dead Skin Cells
  27. 29. Skin and Bone Dead Skin Cells Brain
  28. 30. Your Brain
  29. 31. Automatic Functions
  30. 32. Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind
  31. 33. Conscious Mind Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind
  32. 34. Conscious Mind
  33. 35. Unconscious Mind Conscious Mind
  34. 36. Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind Conscious Mind
  35. 37. Do homework. Play Xbox. The Conscious Mind
  36. 38. Unconscious Mind Conscious MindD Do homework. Play Xbox. Fight! Get Meat! The Unconscious Mind
  37. 39. Automatic Functions Unconscious Mind Do homework. Play Xbox. Fight! Get Meat! Conscious MindD Run!
  38. 40. Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization
  39. 41. Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Do homework. Play Xbox.
  40. 42. Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Do homework. Play Xbox. Run!
  41. 43. Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Do homework. Play Xbox. Run! Fear
  42. 44. I need to ask a question.
  43. 45. I need to ask a question. But I’m going to look dumb!
  44. 46. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me.
  45. 47. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends.
  46. 48. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me.
  47. 49. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house.
  48. 50. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house. Then I’ll be a bum on the street.
  49. 51. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house. Then I’ll be a bum on the street. Then I’ll get cold, dirty, and hungry.
  50. 52. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house. Then I’ll be a bum on the street. Then I’ll get cold, dirty, and hungry. Then I’ll get sick and weak.
  51. 53. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house. Then I’ll be a bum on the street. Then I’ll get cold, dirty, and hungry. Then I’ll get sick and weak. Then I’ll collapse in some dark alley.
  52. 54. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house. Then I’ll be a bum on the street. Then I’ll get cold, dirty, and hungry. Then I’ll get sick and weak. Then I’ll collapse in some dark alley. Then I’ll die a horrible, lonely death.
  53. 55. I need to ask a question. I’m going to look dumb! My friends will make fun of me. Then I won’t have any friends. Then my family won’t want me. Then they’ll kick me out of the house. Then I’ll be a bum on the street. Then I’ll get cold, dirty, and hungry. Then I’ll get sick and weak. Then I’ll collapse in some dark alley. Then I’ll die a horrible, lonely death. And Then …?
  54. 56. I need to ask a question. I’m going to DIE!
  55. 57. What I Know What I Don’t Know
  56. 58. What I Don’t Know What I Know
  57. 60. “ The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else: it is a mainspring of human activity….”
  58. 61. What Does This Have to Do with Going to School and Studying?
  59. 62. Any time you are feeling You are experiencing some form of the fear of death. Anxious Uncertain Fearful Scared Intimidated 1
  60. 63. I need to ask a question. I’m going to DIE!
  61. 64. 2 When you recognize that whatever is making you … … probably won’t kill you, you begin to take control. Anxious Uncertain Fearful Scared Intimidated
  62. 65. “ Heroism is the first and foremost reflex of the terror of death …”
  63. 66. Food, Water, Shelter Security and Safety Belonging and Love Esteem Self- Actualization Fear Denial of Death
  64. 67. I need to ask a question…
  65. 68. I need to ask a question… and it’s not going to kill me!
  66. 69. <ul><li>The first step to knowledge is the confession of ignorance. </li></ul><ul><li>Gerald Weinberg </li></ul>
  67. 70. Dumb questions are some of your best tools!
  68. 71. <ul><li>The &quot;silly&quot; question is the first intimation of some totally new development. </li></ul><ul><li>Alfred North Whitehead </li></ul>
  69. 72. <ul><li>The willingness to make a fool of oneself is almost a prerequisite to rapid learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Kenneth Boulding </li></ul>Fast Learner
  70. 73. I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Rudyard Kipling
  71. 74. <ul><li>There will never come a day </li></ul><ul><li>when you know everything </li></ul><ul><li>you will ever need to know. </li></ul>
  72. 75. Not Knowing Knowing The Bad News: You will go through this cycle over and over for as long as you live.
  73. 76. Knowing Not Knowing Knowing Not Knowing Knowing The Good News: It’s a journey, not a closed loop. Not Knowing Not Knowing Knowing
  74. 77. Look out the window.
  75. 78. The complexity of the universe is beyond expression in any possible notation. Michael Frayn
  76. 79. The complexity of the universe is beyond expression in any possible notation. Not even what you see before you can ever be fully expressed. Michael Frayn
  77. 80. Now close your eyes.
  78. 81. Now close your eyes. Not even what you see now. Michael Frayn
  79. 82. Knowing Not Knowing Knowing Not Knowing Knowing Not Knowing Not Knowing Knowing The Good News: You can start that journey anywhere and at any time.
  80. 83. <ul><li>We shall not cease from exploration </li></ul><ul><li>And the end of all our exploring </li></ul><ul><li>Will be to arrive where we started </li></ul><ul><li>And know the place for the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” </li></ul>
  81. 84. “ Our central calling, our main task on this planet, is the heroic.”
  82. 85. So How Do You Gain Knowledge?
  83. 86. Answer: Be a Super Hero. Ask Dumb Questions!
  84. 87. Now Jump!

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