Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson, M. D. A Review and Essay By David Cox, Instructional Technology Facilitator Tioga Junior High and Tioga High School At a time when Rapides Parish schools are once again facing substantial financial deficits with resultant modifications at almost every level, teachers need to deal with primarily unwanted changes.
Being a twenty-six year class veteran, I have actually had to alter too in many methods. In my internal look for ways to handle modification, I have recently checked out a book which has provided me some brand-new methods to consider change.
I hope that this review might lead you to this book and help you to see how modifications, even when first viewed as unfavorable and upsetting, are not necessarily a bad thing. Dr. Spencer Johnson has composed a book which gives me some genuine methods to think about and handle change. This small book, Who Moved My Cheese, is a fast and easy read however one which can inform even a cynical person to some methods to adjust to the unavoidable modifications of life in its numerous shifting kinds and difficulties. Like Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the story is told as a story within a story of several old friends at a high school reunion informed by among the good friends.
The story centers around 4 characters who reside in a Labyrinth and the changes with which they need to wrangle. The characters are 2 mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two so-called Littlepeople (creatures the size of mice but who look and act like people today) named Hem and Haw. The plot is quite easy. The 4 characters discover a large cache of cheese and can live their lives without much variation: get up, go to the cheese, eat, go home, and begin over the next day. This works out alright up until one day the cheese is gone. Then the characters should deal with the brand-new situation.
The mice, shocked initially, are first to do something about it because they are creatures of nearly entirely instinct: they set out looking for more cheese. On the other hand, Hem and Haw, creatures of reason and feeling, go through a series of responses from shock to anger to knee-jerking and after that to divergence. Hem stays at the now empty cheese station, sulking, grumbling, believing negatively and making even himself more miserable while Haw conquers his worries and sets out to find brand-new cheese. Filled with metaphor as direct as John Bunyan’s book Pilgrim’s Progress, this book then reveals Haw reassessing, adjusting, and moving on with his life.
He sets out to find his “New Cheese,” overcoming his worries and his sense of having been cheated. Along his journey, Haw writes messages of his inner discoveries on the Maze wall, hoping Hem will follow and check out the “writing on the wall” and be comforted by Haw’s inner revelations. His discoveries are never remarkable but always true and proper for his situation– and ours by extension. The result of the book for Haw is skeptical due to Haw’s numerous fears and doubts about himself on his journey. However by the end, the reader sees Haw succeed in ways that shock both Haw and the reader.
However what about Hem? Does he too succeed? That is where the story-within-a-story ends. And this is where this plot analysis ends. Who Moved My Cheese? starts with an intro, establishes the story-within-a-story, informs the story of the Mice and LittleMen, and after that ends with an analysis of parts of the story by the imaginary high school reunion buddies who tell parts of their life stories to one another since their graduation. Now, as in Chaucer’s day, this works although some critics and some readers wish to fend for themselves intellectually– which’s all right.
Now, the reader of this post may ask, what does this involve Rapides Parish, instructors, and our mutual scenarios, and why is this review in a technology newsletter? Basically, we are all continuously in a stew of change, having to handle umpteen million rapid-fire often confusing and frustrating failures in the classroom. Innovation may be utilized to boost a teacher’s already excellent lessons simply as the concepts in Who Moved My Cheese? can make handling changes in our lives a little much easier with more direction. The story depicts the Littlepeople attacking the very same problem with the exact same tools and stopping working each time.
Nevertheless, with just a little divergent thinking, Haw has the ability to break through from his old techniques into brand-new methods and attain his supreme objective. Each teacher can find his or her own “New Cheese” in the classroom utilizing innovation tools in the exact same way and more completely reach the ultimate goal of educating young people. Students grow, have a good time and learn at the exact same time, and satisfy challenges in manner ins which please and shock them as well as their teachers, all the while effectively attaining benchmarks like Haw is successful at discovering his New Cheese. In conclusion, Rapides Parish schools remain in for some modifications; it is true.
However with making use of innovation to assist us, we can still accomplish our one imperishable objective. Innovation trainers and facilitators can assist us through all of the myriad twists and turns of software application and hardware, giving us approaches, information, advice, and even pre-written lessons which use innovation in every subject area and at every grade level. The school district Website at http://www. rapides. k12. la. us/region6tltc/tltc. htm reveals a lot of what can be quickly obtained by every teacher who wants to successfully get used to the modifications coming, and after that both teachers and students can benefit.