Unplugging for a Week-Long Family Vacation

As a full-time education consultant, Allison Zmuda works with educators to grow ideas on how to make learning for students challenging, possible and worthy of the attempt. Over the past 19 years, Zmuda has shared curricular, assessment, and instructional ideas, shown illustrative examples, and offered practical strategies of how to get started.

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I am getting ready to unplug for a week on my family vacation. Unplug means no laptop, no planning … just the 3 Rs: reading, relaxing, and reflecting. Here is what is on my contemplation list:

  1. David PerkinsMaking Learning Whole and Future Wise. I had the privilege to spend a day with him last week and the way he described “lifeworthy skills” and the seven principles were captivating. I’ll take good notes and share what I learn after the break. If you are already reading, please let me know your thoughts.
  2. Tony Wagner — Last week, he shared this 2 minute video called, “The Future of Work” with us. We will share when it is publicly available. This emerging reality of how robots are displacing more and more workers is both compelling and troubling. I will be reflecting on this … imagining a newsletter soon around the idea of how we use technology to create opportunity as well as concerns about humanity, civil discourse and connection.
  3. Speaking of which, I watched Simon Sinek’s video yesterday on the challenges millennials face (born 1984 and on). He breaks this down into four concerns: parenting, technology, patience, and environment, which was revealing for me as I examine my own professional and personal habits.

Starting to see a theme? My 13-year-old daughter is reading this over my shoulder and she suggests, “Technology is ruining our future and making it thrive at the same time.

“So that’s what’s on my mind. What’s on yours? Reach out to me to share your wonderings and challenges (Facebook / Twitter). I’ll take a look when I am plugged in again next week.

Thank you for continuing to read and share! Have a fabulous week!

Allison Zmuda
Educational Consultant and Founder of Learning Personalized

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