Yesterday was a whirlwind first day for the DEN LC Symposium in Waltham, MA, and the Bentley University. We spent the morning with Dr. Lodge McCammon. The afternoon was a wild ride through downtown Boston. Not a good tour for pictures because we just didn’t get off the bus much due to time.
Last night was a wonderful way to end the day. We stopped at the Fable Vision headquarters on the waterfront of Boston Harbor (pronounced Ha-bah locally). It was my first time to meet Peter Reynolds, the artistic talent behind Fable Vision.
He talked about how he got his start in animation and illustrative books. He was 12 and a doodler in class. Most of his teachers kept telling him to “stop drawing and pay attention.” But his math teacher asked him if he could find a way to use his art to teach math. That blew him away. So, at the age of 12, he created his first animated film that was used to teach math in the classroom.
His first published book was North Star. It is not a book with which I am familiar, but I heard a room full of sighs as he mentioned just the name of the book. There were a lot of fans among the DEN LC membership!
The premise for the book became the launching for the mission statement of Fable Vision. We all have stars in our lives that we look to, follow, or enjoy. They are connected in some way the way a constellation is drawn in the heavens. The key is to find your individual North Star that will lead you into the destiny and future that is truly yours.
What a truly inspirational picture of the job of teachers (like the math teacher in his constellation). More than math, language arts, or science, teachers have the wonderful work of helping students find their North Star that will guide them through the rest of their lives.