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# AP Calculus AB

An interactive log for students and parents in my AP Calculus class. This ongoing dialogue is as rich as YOU make it. Visit often and post your comments freely.

## Sunday, April 02, 2006

### Synergize? in calculus??

I really liked Ara’s quotes and intro in her scribe! And wonder if there is any relationship between our willingness to embrace the “pain of a new idea” (step outside our comfort zone), and the habits we develop? Do you think these last four habits (that round out the 7 habits from Sean Covey’s book) have anything to do with willingness to embrace something new?

Habit 4: Think Win Win
How might this attitude help Goldilocks and/or affect your life?
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.
Does Covey sum it all up with? “You Have Two Ears and One Mouth… Hello!
Habit 6: Synergize
I mentioned the lesson from the geese in a comment on Sarah’s blog. If I bring it here, does this suggest a strategy for success?
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Subtitle—“It’s me time!” I’m the first to admit I’m not good at this. How can taking time for you really be important??

Of these 4, I have two favorites. What do you think? Are these habits of value? And if they are not new to you, then which of these helps you the most and how? Is it time for some synergy here?
Best,
Lani

• At 1:52 PM CDT,  Mr. Kuropatwa said…

I love the geese! The geese are brilliant! It's like Dr. Doolittle says: "We can learn from the animals." ;-)

• At 12:06 AM CDT,  Wesley Fryer said…

I think habit #5 about listening is very important. It is sad in schools that often teachers are not listening, because they are doing all the talking. I think students should be regularly asked to think, respond, and discuss ideas-- and teachers should be listening as well as other students. If this does not happen, I think much of what people call "learning" in schools is really just a waste of time. I think education happens most authentically when people are in conversation with each other.

Thanks for posting this, a surprise especially in a class blog about calculus! :-)