HZGO Week 1 wRap


How does who we are shape the world around us,

and how does the world around us shape who we are?

What was T.S. Eliot writing about?

Perhaps, we cannot fully know who we are without knowing where we are.

How many of us know where we are?

Our identities and our locations in the world are intimately connected,

and an exploration of one is fundamentally an exploration of the other.

The Imagined Community

So we began by asking three questions:

1) Who are we?

2) What are we supposed to do?

3) What is our story?

Shaping the world around you sometimes comes in simple forms, but it still carries AWESOME POWER and TERRIBLE RESPONSIBILITY

How, when and where do we choose to be BRAVE and shape our world?

Here is what you wrote:

Explorers & Exploration ...

It is clear that we feel like explorers, and task ourselves with exploration, but what are the characteristics of powerful explorers and meaningful exploration?  What makes, in the words of a text-message communicator, 'gr8 explorerz'?


In the hearts and minds of all powerful explorers lies a savage and insatiable curiosity.  A seemingly endless barrage of questions streams from their eyes, mouths and hands.  Understanding the world's complexity, and how to dance with that complexity, is an explorer's aim.  The 'dancing' should also not be dismissed: a powerful explorer doesn't just want to know the world, but to change it.


Herein lies another important quality of a great explorer: imagination.  A great explorer is never finished.  As T.S. Eliot reminds us, "We shall not cease from exploration."  The explorer's imagination is always propelling him forward, and each discovery is merely a platform from which to embark on another exploration.  This continual journey is rooted in imagination - an ability to see the path and world as it could be and not just how it is.

Goodness & Grit

Curiosity and Imagination alone are still not enough to make a powerful explorer.  The questions the explorer is asking, and the alternative worlds they are imagining, matter immensely.  The most powerful explorers seek to ask big questions that address issues of global concern.  They also frame their explorations in the hope that their journeys and discoveries will help to make the world a better place.  Lastly, they realize that these journeys will bring them to the edge of themselves and the world they knew before.  They know they will be tempted to turn back, to stop asking so many questions, to stop imagining so many other possibilities, to stop caring so much about the world around them.  Powerful explorers do not stop.

What can we do to be gr8 explorerz in HZGO?

We are infinite specks in the universe?

It's fascinating the range of perspective and the variety of lenses that a small group of learners can offer on seemingly simple questions.  This dichotomy really caught my eye, and made me ask myself where I would place myself on a scale of speak to infinity.  Sometimes I feel really tiny, like when I'm lost in a crowd of people, being tossed about massive ocean swells, or staring up at a star-lit sky all by myself.  Other times, I feel enormous, like when I help save someone's life, or get a hug from my daughter, or receive a round of applause for something I worked hard to achieve.

Are we infinite? Are we specks in the universe? Maybe we're both.

Pondering these two ideas reminds of one of my favorite human beings, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and his thoughts on the universe.

Do you dare to eat a peach?

This comment struck a lot of people as quite random, but upon further exploration, proved itself to be cunningly insightful.

'Do you dare to eat a peach' is a reference from another of T.S. Eliot's poems, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.  You can see the annotations here, but the one that really caught my attention was this one:

"Peaches, apart from juicy and invigorating, are seen in traditional Chinese folklore as symbols of life and immortality. Called 仙桃, “xiāntáo” , they were consumed by the immortals in order to prolong their lives indefinitely. Eliot was heavily interested in Eastern culture and myth where, he believed, the spiritual salvation will eventually come for the stale Western ideas (remember the chanting from the Upanishad in the final verses of The Waste Land).

He might be wondering not only if he dares eat something that drips and stains in public but also, ultimately, if he dares to live, as opposed to just keeping his listless existence."

Eliot isn't the only poet making the list.  A very famous, and one of my favorite, passages made The Imagined Community.

Two roads diverged ...

I took the road less traveled ...

'And it HURT man!'

NOT Cool, Robert Frost ...

What stood out to you?  

How are your answers to these questions already growing and changing?

What question is next?

Visual Thinking & Storytelling

How will we share our thinking, doing and learning with one another and the world?

Sketchnoting is more about looking closely & listening carefully than it is about drawing

During our Journey together in HZGO, we'll be learning how to think visually and specifically, how to create Sketchnotes.  

This will make it easier for us to 'get inside' the minds of our friends and collaborators as we explore the world together (and it looks cool).

How do we ORIENT ourselves
in Space and Time?

History & Geography start with You. Right Here. Right Now.

My Learner Profile

You Can Learn Anything ...

Do you believe it?

A very well-known and well-respected psychologist, Dr. Howard Gardner, developed a theory of intelligence called Multiple Intelligences.  

He proposed that we ought to stop asking, "How smart am I?"

Instead, we should ask, 'How am I smart?"

Sharing Platforms

Facebook: Mr. K's Classroom

Twitter & tackk: @MrKsTweets

Instagram: mrkinzer

Google+: +Dan

Skype: dankinzer

How else can we share our thinking and doing in the HZGO Lab?

GO Thinking: A Geographic Framework

In the HZGO Lab, we rely on 4 questions to guide our explorations of the world:

1) What? Look & listen closely & carefully. What do we observe in the world around us?

2) Is Where? Identify a location for what you have observed.  Be precise.  Use GPS coordinates, descriptions, directions & relative locations.

3) Why is it there? Consider the attractive & repulsive forces acting to give the 'what' a location.  What trends or patterns can explain?

4) Why should we care? Share the reasons that this observation is significant.

What does this all mean?