Bird Droppings June 29, 2011
Standing in line at Kroger
I am always looking for coincidence, this could be why so often I find it just about anywhere, be it walking in my yard and seeing an owl sitting in a tree or standing in line at an odd hour at our super Kroger and finding a book. As it goes I am a creature of some routine, while not rising as early as I do doing the school year when I leave the house at to go to the high school, I still am up and moving before many even consider the idea.
Today was one of not having enough vehicles for drivers and those going to work and I needed to run my son to his job since his truck is in the shop and we needed to pick up a rental car. I have been doing well on my intake of caffeine for a couple days and since I left without my tea from the house and trying to avoid my caffeine fix each morning from very high calorie energy drinks I headed to find Black Chai Tea at the store. It has been a few years since I would down big mugs as I wrote each morning and had that urge again. The collection of empty mugs on my desk at school bespeaks my former habit.
I drove my son to work, he likes getting started early as well and proceeded to the store to pick up my tea and headed for the checkout. Just as I entered the line a book cart of sorts a large cardboard box marked book sale. Generally in a grocery store books in a large cardboard box marled for sale are ones no one wants but are discounted so you will buy this now sort of approach. As I bent over to look on top was a little book, “Teachers are Special” by Nancy Burke. The adventure begins, on page seven a nice start to the day as I am always looking for ideas.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward
That summarizes many education courses and how to courses in teaching all in one and here I am always searching for what makes a great teacher. Inspiration is the key as I look back on teachers over the years a very few inspired me. There were some and those I could on my fingers and I am one who has been through many teachers in undergraduate and graduate school. As I was writing I recalled my son calling a few summers back to ask if I was watching the news, one of his good friends was in London on a summer study trip and things were going on where his buddy was staying. Coincidence I officiated at this same young man’s wedding a few years back. As I thought to the young man whose wedding I had officiated and my son now living in South Carolina I reread the line from this little book and you know the word teacher could be substituted with parent, friend, manager, supervisor and nearly any other word describing relationships. It is so interesting how we all are teachers in life at some point or another.
“Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.” Johann Wolfgang Goethe
One of my projects today is to finish some thought on Affective Learning which is essentially how I teach and get my lessons in line for fall. I actually found several Universities doing research on the subject, basically teaching with feeling. What if for today? What if everyone taught, listened, spoke, managed, supervised, coached, and or just was friends with feeling would our world be any different?
“I like teachers to be nice and sweet and cool and let us do our own stuff, and to be kind, really kind.” Meagan, age 7
I wonder what if a child could rule the world what would the world be like, nice, sweet, cool kind, really kind and we could do our own stuff maybe. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts.