Month: June 2014

  • Should we be trying to fill a liter bottle?

    Bird Droppings June 16, 2014 Should we be trying to fill a liter bottle? The current educational trends are analogous to trying to pour five gallons of material into a liter bottle using a funnel. As you try obliviously a large portion of material spills out and is discarded or lost. I use a liter […]

  • Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are and or my reflection on a Foxfire trip

    Bird Droppings June 15, 2014 Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are and or my reflection on a Foxfire trip I was asked at lunch Thursday when did I start teaching and I responded at age twelve. The group I was with was thinking I was being my typical sarcastic self. Then I […]

  • Is not every day a new journey begun?

    Bird Droppings June 13, 2014 Is not every day a new journey begun? “School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them.” Ivan […]

  • Can you be dreaming, imagining, thinking, pondering and reflecting all in a few minutes?

    Bird Droppings June 12, 2014 Can you be dreaming, imagining, thinking, pondering and reflecting all in a few minutes? I drove to south east Georgia over five years ago to take my oral exams for my doctorate. This was basically a follow-up face to face with my committee of professors and in turn responding to […]

  • Should not a teacher be allowed a recharge?

    Bird Droppings June 11, 2014 Should not a teacher be allowed a recharge? Keeping the energy flowing is crucial I visit, take photos and offer my two cents at two and sometimes three Foxfire Approach to Teaching Courses a year put on by Piedmont College for graduate students and teachers already in the classroom in […]

  • Are we experiencing genocide of learning?

    Bird Droppings June 10, 2014 Are we experiencing genocide of learning? In the midst of my daily journals entries lately it gets hectic I am trying to get readmitted to the doctorate program, running back and forth to North Georgia to visit with friends, research and to sit in on Foxfire Teacher Classes, reading and […]

  • Should we sharpen the machete or bring a shovel?

    Bird Droppings June 9, 2014 Should we sharpen the machete or bring a shovel? I have been reflecting over the concept of critical pedagogy and in that reflection I recall an incident nearly forty years ago that calls to mind my own interpretation and understanding of what we as teachers are all about. I purchased […]

  • My pedagogy is evolving as I learn, see and listen more

    Bird Droppings June 8, 2014 My pedagogy is evolving as I learn, see and listen more “We would do away with examinations. They measure the inconsequential type of learning. We would do away with grades and credits for the same reason. We would do away with degrees as a measure of competence partly for the […]

  • Today should always be a first day

    Bird Droppings June 6, 2014 Today should always be a first day “I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.” Lone Man (Isna-la-wica)Teton Sioux So often in life we think we are the one. We can do it all on our own with […]

  • How difficult is it finding ourselves within the fog of education?

    Bird Droppings June 4, 2014 How difficult is it finding ourselves within the fog of education? “The more sand that has escaped the hourglass of life, the clearer we should see through it.” Jean Paul Sartre As I was looking for thoughts and ideas to start, I actually was going a different direction when by […]