Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” … "Mavens are data banks. They provide the message" (Gladwell, 2002, p. 70) … mavens may be more than the teacher. The resources for learning, the library, may provide some of the content for the message. Students learning from students may also provide a message. "Connectors are the social glue: they spread it" (Gladwell, 2002, p. 70) … collaborative learning, cooperative learning, project-based learning, problem-based learning … each of the pedagogies of engagement would indicate that learning TOGETHER with others is powerful. "... there is also a select group of people - Salesmen - with the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced of what we are hearing ..." (Gladwell, 2002, p. 70) … I believe Gladwell may be describing newer roles for teaching and learning.
In “Blink” Gladwell focuses on thin-slicing … or “the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience” (Gladwell,2005, p. 23) … is this where we know what works in a classroom? How do we learn how to thin-slice?
Do we need to revisit and repurpose our perceptions of teaching and learning? Can the changes in technology be used to guide us? Is it time?
Friedman, T. (2006). The world is flat: A brief history of the twenty-first century.
Gladwell, M. (2002). The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference.
Gladwell, M. (2005). Blink: The power of thinking without thinking.