I don't know how other people's minds work, but I often get a sort of spark of an idea. It's as if I see it brilliantly, but only for a split second. Then, although everything has gone dark and I can't find it anymore, I know the answer is out there. We're all familiar with this experience. You're working on a problem and all of a sudden someone says "I've got it!" But the next moment they are hunting around as if for a lost contact lens. After that initial blinding insight, I grope around and grope around until I can sorta find it again. Even then, after I have found it, I have a lot of work to do before I can cogently express it and intellectually know it. There's a real sense of accomplishment at that point, but all of that work has been intellectual which, of course, is not enough. Sometimes, even after the idea has been shaped and polished it still proves useless. After I have all of the parts of the idea thought out, then I have to take some action in accordance with it; I have to be able to make some kind of real use of it. That's the eventual goal. I know this process, or evolution of thought, as chochma, bina, das. I don't know what it is called in English - there may not even be an English expression for it. The progression is inspiration, then thought, then action.
Because I do a lot of the thinking work out loud on this blog, readers here have witnessed this process for me. You have seen my growing awareness of the role of student motivation and my evolving understanding of the teacher's role from dispenser of information to coach, with a special emphasis on the coach's role as a motivator. You have read me blather on about the need to evolve from an industrial model for education to a post-industrial one without much clarity or accuracy in my language. It couldn't have been fun to watch. I suppose it has been like watching an ant struggle with a cookie crumb. Sorry.
So I would like to offer some compensation. Here are two really wonderful animations from RSA Animation. These folks provide a visual to accompany a speech. Their work looks like it's done on a white board. The first animated talk is from Daniel Pink and it is a distillation of his book, Drive. It is about motivation. The second is from Sir Ken Robinson about educational models. These two talks do a much better job of expressing some of what I've been trying to say about these topics. Each of the YouTube videos are about ten minutes long. This is the shortest film festival you have ever attended, but the lines are also short and the admission is free.