David Jakes posted an interesting column last week on techlearning.com, the blog sponsored by Technology & Learning Magazine. David is the instructional technology coordinator for Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove, IL. His columns appear every other Thursday on techlearning.com.
In his post, David discusses the New York Times Bestselling The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin.
Originally, I passed on reading the small, slim book, having dismissed it as another in the long line of undersized and over-hyped glib titles displayed prominently in check-out lanes.
But David puts the message of Godin’s book into an educational context by posing a series of helpful questions for teachers, administrators, and technology people to prompt critical self-evaluation and help us work through “the dip” (in enthusiasm, planning and follow-through) that sometimes hinders us from successfully helping students in the classroom, assisting the end-users of an e-Learning technology implementation or sharing resources with the broader community of practice.
I’ve moved The Dip from my hypothetical “Read When I Inevitably Receive It as a Present” list to my “Find That Book Today” list. Thanks, David.