Michael Strong on WizIQ

What’s right with the world?
I believe that working with one another is our greatest gift. There’s a great deal of value in sharing and collaborating. Today, we can connect and learn from one another because of technology. WizIQ is the place and the topic is happiness.

Happiness is Money or is it?
I realise that we strive for different things, but doesn’t money make us all happy? Apparently not. Tomas Peter Shadyac had all the money he needed, but he was unhappy. He only found happiness when he gave his money away and started going inwards for answers. The journey to fulfilment is unique, but Tom wanted to share his story with the world. He produced a documentary film called I am. I Am is a 2011 documentary film written, narrated, and directed by Tom Shadyac. Tom met with an unfortunate accident while cycling. As a result of the accident, Tom came to realise that life is precious and that the material world is not enough. There’s more to life.

So if it’s not money, how do I survive?
If life and happiness are not about material possessions, how do I survive? How can I live a happy life and put bread on the table? Well, I reflected and went inwards and found that freedom is something I value. I like to have the freedom to do as I wish and not be controlled, but how do I go about turning freedom into something that would help me survive. I searched and found FLOW. What is FLOW and how can it help me combine my passion for teaching and learning, and bring me the freedom to think on my own, make all the money I need and attain happiness?

Who’s Behind FLOW?
John Mackey and Michael Strong co-founded FLOW. Michael is an educator and the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Michael Strong was the founding principal of Moreno Valley High School, the charter school which ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. He is also the author of the book The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice.

Socratic Practice in the Classroom
What is a socratic practice and how is it connected to creativity, the freedom to learn and think for myself and attain happiness?

Michael Strong in a Conversation on WizIQ
Michael Strong is going to Check the time in your area) at WizIQ Conversation. I’m going to have a chance to learn first hand about FLOW and how I can attain the freedom I need to be creative and happy.


Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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