Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WOW!!! Dr. Michael Fowlin

Today was my first day back to school for what my district calls convocation!!  We were treated to performances from both of our high schools' speciality band sections ( A bagpipe section and fife and drum section!!)  Both were amazing!!  Our administration talked about building relationships with all students and that we are educators 100% of the time!!

To follow that up, we were privileged to hear Dr. Michael Fowlin, Psy. D., (who describes himself as an actor, psychologist and poet) give a phenomenal presentation!!!!  He immediately started talking about ( you guessed it) building relationships and connections with students.  He described educators as superheroes!!

A little later on he spoke about differences and something he termed right hand experiences and left handed experiences and how those two types of people experience the world.  He then did these very powerful role plays of various people and how they feel about being different.  Talk about experiencing empathy!!!  He asked the audience "when was a time you felt different?"  He shared his experiences about growing up in a preppy neighborhood and not fitting in with those kids or the "kids in the hood". He explained that "our pain doesn't grow at the same pace as our age".

Dr. Fowlin spoke about "knowing the difference between what you're supposed to do and what you need to do!!" He referenced the "Jumper" article when making this point.  He stressed the importance of making connections even just a smile.  That could save some one's life!!

He wrapped up the presentation asking "What would you do differently if you had to do you life over?"  The elderly over age 95 that answered that same question responded with:  Reflect more, Risk more, and have more things that would live on longer than them ( what they would be remembered for).  His closing question was "What would people say about you if you died today?"  WOW WOW!!

If you have 8:34 here is a brief glimpse as to what we were privy to this morning!!

Have you ever heard Dr. Michael Fowlin speak?  Let me know what you thought in your comments below!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow - he sounds GREAT! We saw Ian Jukes; he was decent but I wanted more like the guy YOU saw!! Mr. Jukes is a technology guy . . . here's his website:

    I may blog about him . . . I'm SO glad that you were inspired! Can't wait to watch this clip - thanks!

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