Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group

Bringing Focus to my PLN and Learning

The following is a statement that I posting on my 10,632 groups, communities, and networks I have created over time. It is time to stop chasing squirrels and bring clarity to my digital life to help my overall life goals.

 

Hello everyone,

First and foremost I would like to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for being part of my learning journey. Thank you for being part of my crazy ideas. Thank you for taking the leap with me to figuring out what works and what does not work for learning and success. I want to say thank you.

Most of you are incredible. You always provide support, ideas, answers to my questions, and more importantly join the groups that I have created to make them work. Over time I have dabbled in just about everything there is to dabble in.

And what have I learned? A great deal not worth mentioning in one post.

However, one key element that has stood out over time which will come as no surprise to anyone is this – we cannot operate at our best levels when we spread ourselves too thin. I have reached a point where I have done that.

For those that don’t know I have a taken a new job. I am also launching a non-profit STEM space. I am also trying to be a good husband and father to my family. I also like time to drink coffee, read, and fart in the wind. I also really want to finish this book I have been working on for year. These have become my focus areas! I know, still too many, but it is where I am at in my journey.

What does this all mean and why am I sharing?

I am condensing my online life. I have many Facebook groups I have started. I have many Google Groups as well. I also use social media like crazy in addition to my blog and YouTube video creations. I do a lot and it is time to reduce the elements. I also crosspost too much and just make too much work for myself and others.

This is my first step to bring focus and minimize the distractions.

I am closing down all the groups that I operate. If you are reading this post, then you are in one of those groups. Now, please dry that tear trickling down your face(insert sarcasm!). Things are not over by any means. I am retooling my workflow.

Starting effective August 1st, I will be shutting down these groups. In replacement, I will be moving all the ideas, thoughts, and more to a new Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group . I am going to make this a private group. It will become the one stop shop for all things awesome for living life to the fullest. I am switching the group from public to private and in essence rebranding the group to be a mastermind group. This is where I will share things not available to the general public. It will be discussions and thoughts not posted to my blog. In essence, I am trying to create a super powerful and personal network of people who want to really push things forward in life. You will be my go to people.

It is going to rock. The book club will be posted in the group. It will simply be what I am reading for the month with chances for us to discuss. I am hoping to run monthly Facebook Live videos for us to connect and share on ideas. There will be things to give away. There will be early access to things that others won’t have. It is going to be this organic movement of coffeechuggers raising hell on the internet to create social good.

So, realize that these groups will be going away soon. I would encourage you to move over to the Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group if you still wish to be connected with all things awesome. If you choose not to, then that is fine and I honor your decision to make a choice that will make your life better.

This is the first step of many to bring more focus and clarity to my life and hopefully yours with an end result of better content and conversations for all.

I hope you join me on this next leap and I thank you for all the networking support over the years. This is the next big leap. Are you ready to jump?

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Mystery Box Item #9 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Today we come to a close with the creative challenges. There is one final one at the end of the course, but you will need to wait on Mystery Item #10 for a few days.

In the meantime, here is the ninth item.

This item you have choices.

  1. Pick option 1
  2. Pick option 2
  3. Do both because they are both fantastic

Why two choices now?

The reason you have choice today is that as the challenge has grown and spread people have been submitting ideas for me to include. I could not possibly squeeze them all in, but I want to make sure that those who provided me work were able to see the fruits of their labor.

Option 1

Here is the video. This challenge is more personal. You don’t need to share unless you want to. In this creative challenge you have a challenge to help yourself!

This idea comes from Phill Ruffell from the UK.

Option 2

Here is the video. This challenge comes from Neeru who teaches in India. She has a great challenge for you to do. You might have to find a few pieces sitting around your house or classroom, but I am pretty confident you have them all and won’t miss them if adapted to this challenge.

Share

  1. Join our Slack channel for the course and post your ideas and creations.
  2. Use #coffeepbl to share with others

Previous Challenges

Mystery Box Item #8 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #7 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box Item #6 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #5 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Item Remix Challenge – Can you play like a child? 

Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

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Mystery Box Item #8 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Here is Mystery Item #8! I have been so excited to share this one with you. I have been that kid who made a gift their parents and just cannot wait to give it to them.

Today, Tammy Dunbar has an amazing challenge for you today. It is a break from the type of projects you have been working on. Think of hacking your supplies to be creative in solving your classroom problems.

Be sure to check out her website and add her to your PLN. She is someone who has always supported me, coached me, mentored me, and helped me become better in my journey of constant learning.

So, go ahead and jump right into the video and be awesome in your ideas!

Previous Challenges

Mystery Box Item #7 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box Item #6 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #5 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Item Remix Challenge – Can you play like a child? 

Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

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Mystery Box Item #7 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Wow! We are pushing out some amazing content. The work being shared in our Slack group you would be so impressed. The insights. The creativity. The momentum of what could be implemented into a classroom is remarkable.

Today we bring you another challenge. This one is another good one that I cannot wait to see what people do with the material and challenge.

Best of luck.

And remember, don’t be bashful. Share those ideas on Slack. Share on social media using #coffeepbl

The world needs to see you amazing skills and insights.

Here is your video featuring David Brandon, Principal for Kenwood Leadership Academy in Cedar Rapids, IA

 

Previous Challenges

Mystery Box Item #6 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #5 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Item Remix Challenge – Can you play like a child? 

Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

 

 

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Mystery Box Item #6 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Here is your challenge today. I think you will love this one. I had a blast doing this and my kids are pretty pumped to do this today as well. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for this challenge!

Watch the video and put on those imagination caps!

Challenge

  1. Make a monster using any medium you want(watch the video!)
  2. Create a short 100 word story about your monster
  3. What did you learn from this challenge that can be applied to your classroom?

 

Resources

Daily Monsters Website

Watch this video to see how he makes his monsters come alive! Very cool to watch

100 Days Of Monsters (with DVD) by Stefan G. Bucher 

Previous Challenges

Mystery Box Item #5 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

 

Mystery Item Remix Challenge – Can you play like a child? 

Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

 

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Mystery Box Item #5 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Today I am excited to present mystery item #5. We have another amazing guest to help you get your creative juices flowing.

You will love this one(Actually, I hope you love them all). If you have not heard of Krissy Venosdale, then you need to build your PLN and bring her into your network because she is AMAZING!

Best of luck in your creative spirit today. Post your work on our Slack channel where we are sharing our ideas and building out projects for our upcoming year. You can also share on social media using #coffeepbl hashtag.

Don’t hide your work. Be proud. Be brave. Be the change that embraces our creative talents!

If you missed the previous Creativity Challenges, then look no farther!

Here are the four challenges from last week. Enjoy!

Mystery Item Remix Challenge – Can you play like a child? 

Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

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Can you play like a child?

Mystery Box Item REMIX Teacher Creativity Challenge

Before we launch our new creativity challenges 5-10 I wanted to provide a quick little challenge. This idea came to me this weekend while I have been cleaning our house disposing of so much “unnecessary” and focusing on things that matter.

When I was hanging out with my daughters I was watching them be……..kids.

My daughters are obsessed with slime. We have gone through at least 3 gallons of glue and various other ingredients this summer alone. Despite creating major messes and leaving slime debris everywhere I witnessed something amazing.

They ran out of glue. Glue is the fundamental ingredient to slime. What were they going to do?

What they did not do was not give up. They started mixing new ingredients. They started watching videos on YouTube. They started to assemble ingredients and make new concoctions. They started to work with what they had around them.

They were stuck within a box and worked to come up with ingenious new ideas from the parameters given to them.

I could not help but think that this is indeed the challenge of life. The challenge of educators. As I work with teachers in my Deeper Learning class as well as the teachers I work with online over the summer who need help I realize this is the challenge we all face.

We all face our own box that we are placed in. We have our own unique constraints and parameters that we are dealing with when it comes to our classroom. However, watching my daughters play I realized that as adults we are our own worst enemy. I challenge you to think like a child. Look at your situation. How can you make do with what you want to accomplish? How can you change your perspective to view that what you have is enough? How can you take ideas and objects that you already have and make something new that is beautiful?

Here is my little attempt to live by my words. I took the four mystery items(links below) we have been exploring this past week and challenged myself to remix the items to create something new. I wanted to put my child thinking cap on and just play. I tried to remove my fear of failure. I tried to remove my thoughts of doubt. I tried to avoid what we all fall prey to – the anticipation of failure. I just explored and played.

Here is what I came up with.

Step 1: I took my jar of Play-Doh(the best $25 bucks I spent all summer!) and pressed a LEGO minifig into the ball of Play-Doh.

Step 2: I took a box of crayons from a big package of crayons(don’t you just love the smell of crayons), peeled the paper off of one crayon. I then broke it up and placed it in the Play-Doh container and placed it in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes until the crayon melted. From there I poured the melted crayon in the Play-Doh mold.

Step 3: I let it sit and cool. I lacked patience and spilled the melted crayon and had problems pulling it out of the Play-Doh. Give it time. Don’t rush this step!

Step 4: Enjoy your new customized crayon! I can now color with my new minifig crayon.

We learned a great deal. We struggled learning how to melt a crayon properly. We had some bad molds until we learned how to slow down and be patience with our work. In the end we had a new fun project. We just played. We just explored.

What can you create with your remix ideas? This is my challenge to you.

Can you go back and think and play like a child? I sure hope so.

Here are the four challenges from last week. Enjoy!

Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

I hope you have fun and look forward to you joining us for the next set of items coming soon!

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Mystery Box Item #4 Teacher Creativity Challenge

In today’s video we have many levels of learning

  • How to adapt on the fly when things don’t work
  • Finding genius at all ages
  • The power of community to make things happen
  • Pushing our creativity to new levels

Today we bring you item #4 (even though it is labeled #3). This one I found to be challenging as I was exposed to a skillset I lack, but for some of you this might prove to be easy peasy mac and cheesy.

Here is the video to watch

This document will provide you with an overview of the challenge as well as some additional resources.

We will break for the weekend to allow everyone to catch up and will resume with more challenges on Monday.

Here are the previous ones if you still want to join and participate.

Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

I am running this as part of a Deeper Learning in the Classroom through Projects course. We are sharing and connecting online via Slack. If you would like to join the network and share and discuss ideas please send me an email so I can invite you.

This document provides a general overview of the challenge.

Please share your designs online with the #coffeepbl hashtag. Get your kids involved and we cannot wait to see your build and ideas.

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Mystery Box Item #3 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Today we bring you item #3. The work created so far from items 1 and 2 have been remarkable and I cannot wait to see what you come up with for the challenge today.

I know what you are thinking….. the title says 3, but the item says 4. We had a video issue so we are switching ideas, but no worries as it is all good. If you are playing from home, then it does not mess with you at all.

Here is the video for today and I know you will love this one and not just because my wife is awesome!

How can you use this item in the classroom? Think about some unique ways in which this item might be used to enhance learning. And yes, you can dig around online if you can’t think of anything on your own! 

If you missed the previous two, then check the links below and join in the fun. This is not school with deadlines! Just don’t lose out on the sharing and interactions with one another.

Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Mystery Box #1 Teacher Creativity Challenge 

I am running this as part of a Deeper Learning in the Classroom through Projects course. We are sharing and connecting online via Slack. If you would like to join the network and share and discuss ideas please send me an email so I can invite you.

This document provides a general overview of the challenge.

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Mystery Box #2 Teacher Creativity Challenge

Today we release mystery item #2 for teachers in my class as well as anyone playing along from home. We bring you a new challenge that I am sure you will enjoy.

Don’t forget that you can do these challenges with your kids at home as well. Make it a creative bonding experience.

If you missed item 1 be sure to check it out. I promise that you have almost all of these items at home and if not they are very cheap to find.

Last, don’t forget to share with the world your creation using the #coffeepbl hashtag. You can also leave a comment to this blog or if you want to join our Slack channel and share with us simply provide me your email.

Don’t be bashful! Stretch your wings of creativity and have some fun learning and reflecting this summer.

This document provides a general overview of the challenge

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. Jawaharlal Nehru

Here is your challenge #2. Make it awesome!

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