Project:# 3 I am...

We need to know who you are. So you will tell us. I call it the "I am" essay and it is written all year. You will base your work on the reading called Awakening Genius by Thomas Armstrong. You should add a new word from Armstrong's list of qualities with two examples from your life, one school related and the other non-school related, every three weeks. I am most concerned with where you plan on going and how you plan on getting there based on your genius to accomplish your goals. You may also include elements of character attributes in this piece.
  • A great article in the New Yorker, May 12, 2008, "In the Air" by Malcolm Gladwell discusses genius.
  • Another great article in the New Yorker, October 20, 2008, "Late Bloomers Why do we equate genius with precocity? by Malcolm Gladwell
    In the nineteen-sixties, the sociologist Robert K. Merton wrote a famous essay on scientific discovery in which he raised the question of what the existence of multiples tells us about genius. No one is a partner to more multiples, he pointed out, than a genius, and he came to the conclusion that our romantic notion of the genius must be wrong. A scientific genius is not a person who does what no one else can do; he or she is someone who does what it takes many others to do. The genius is not a unique source of insight; he is merely an efficient source of insight. “Consider the case of Kelvin, by way of illustration,” Merton writes, summarizing work he had done with his Columbia colleague Elinor Barber:
    After examining some 400 of his 661 scientific communications and addresses . . . Dr. Elinor Barber and I find him testifying to at least 32 multiple discoveries in which he eventually found that his independent discoveries had also been made by others. These 32 multiples involved an aggregate of 30 other scientists, some, like Stokes, Green, Helmholtz, Cavendish, Clausius, Poincaré, Rayleigh, themselves men of undeniable genius, others, like Hankel, Pfaff, Homer Lane, Varley and Lamé, being men of talent, no doubt, but still not of the highest order. . . . For the hypothesis that each of these discoveries was destined to find expression, even if the genius of Kelvin had not obtained, there is the best of traditional proof: each was in fact made by others. Yet Kelvin’s stature as a genius remains undiminished. For it required a considerable number of others to duplicate these 32 discoveries which Kelvin himself made.
    This is, surely, what an invention session is: it is Hankel, Pfaff, Homer Lane, Varley, and Lamé in a room together, and if you have them on your staff you can get a big chunk of Kelvin’s discoveries, without ever needing to have Kelvin—which is fortunate, because, although there are plenty of Homer Lanes, Varleys, and Pfaffs in the world, there are very few Kelvins.

    I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it,
    me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.

    Agatha Christie

    We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.

    ~ Virginia Satir ~

    (American Family Therapist, Lecturer, Trainer, Author)

    Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what
    I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.

    ~ Georgia O'Keefe ~

    No matter what a man's past may have been, his future is spotless.

    ~ John R. Rice ~

    Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement.

    ~ Wilfred A. Peterson ~

    Writing your autobiography on the Internet.

    Look at The Gettysburg Address for an idea of using past-present-future effectively.
    As part of this page, include info on other people who share your birthday. Include Chinese, astrological, and any other forms of interpretation about yourself based on your birthday. Have fun with this part.

    Use links below for help:

  • Write your own Eulogy or Obit.
  • Character Counts
  • PDF of characteristics.
  • The Day I was Born.
  • Suggestions for the Autobiography
  • I am poetry
  • Template for "I am" Poem.
  • I am from Poem
  • Some I am prompts.
  • 2Voices Poem.
  • Portrait Poems from Art Belliveau
  • Fun Webquest on being GIFTED
  • This I Believe
  • Who am I? Shouts and Murmers, Demetri Martin

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