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The Philosophy:
It is my belief that traditional learning methods do not serve the student well in today's world, let alone the world of tomorrow.  I also believe that new strategies cannot simply be improvements on previous methods but must be groundbreaking and must come soon.  I believe students have both the biggest role in creating the innovation and the most to gain from it.

While I readily admit that I do not know what the new model will look like, I feel I know what it does not look like: the traditional classroom.  I believe the focus should be on creativity, action, and service. Students should not only learn how to think but should allowed to dream and be enabled to act on those dreams.

My best effort to move in that direction is the creation of an organization called "Kids in Action." **
"Kids in Action" is an official, 501c3 non-profit organization that is run by kids dedicated to helping others. Kids not only learn to help others but learn how to run a corporation at the same time. You can learn more at www.kidsinactionnetwork.org

A mainstay of my teaching that will not change, however, is my fierce commitment to building strong  relationships with all of my students. I believe that when students feel connected and heard they are more likely do great things!

** "Kids in Action" is a completely separate legal entity from the Las Virgenes Unified School District, and the District does not sponsor, control, or promote the activities and/or events of "Kids in Action" in any way. Additionally, students are not required to join or participate in any “Kids in Action” activities.

The following quotes, videos, and articles help further explain my belief.
A brief (and better) explanation of my philosophy:
The video "Changing Educational Paradigms" by Ken Robinson best encapsulates my view on traditional education and the direction education in the 21st Century should take.

A video of my vision in action:
The link below gives a visual example of the type of product that I am hoping our educational system can create. I believe it is an example of a product worth working towards.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln

If I had asked people what they wanted
, they would have said faster horses." - Henry Ford

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”
- Pearl S. Buck

"Education is not filling a vessel, but igniting a fire."
- W.B. Yeats

"People learn from people they love." 
- David Brooks

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
- Robert F. Kennedy

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."
- John Wooden

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."    - Confucius
“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results.”
- George S. Patton

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Gerald Pickett
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Created: May 31, 2008
Updated: Aug 31, 2015
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