Bird Droppings April 6, 2016
It seems to be a new day?
Last night I cooked dinner all healthy and watched American Idol with my wife Pat. My son is out of town and we both had nothing better to do. It is always good to have time together. When I had checked on our Huskie who had been waiting outside to come in the sounds of the evening were stilled from the chill all the humming, whistling, chirping and barking that should have been going on was still. Living in the country we are used to quiet but this was still other than a slight breeze which occasionally would rustle the pine needles. I seriously miss the cicadas, tree frogs, crickets and every other creature that normally would be out. It could be the temperature of forty eight degrees on a April evening, silences all. Through the silence this a lone owl hooted two or three times and then it too was quiet.
At the high school today I will check my tanks and critters and get ready for school to start back next week. We start into our testing cycle in a few weeks and I wonder often about the usefulness of such endeavors are we truly assessing students or simply going through hoops. Sadly it is a state and federal requirement. I have a book on my shelf that I found at Barnes and Nobles, “Teachers Little book of Wisdom”. I found it on one of excursions into the vastness of our local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Seldom do I come out without reading material or at least an idea. Bob Alogozzine is the author/editor of this little tome. Bob is someone who ended up in teaching sort of by accident and fell in love with his job. With an economics degree and few jobs in his field, there was a need for Special Education teachers so he ended up by chance teaching. This little book is 365 statements about teaching.
“Teach them the difference between things that need doing better than they have been done before, things that just need doing, and things that don’t need to be done at all.” Bob Alogozzine
It is not just about math or science there is an aspect of life in each day we walk into a room or see another person. Teaching is not simply a job done by a teacher it is a piece of everyone’s existence. Parents teach from day one. Friends teach or they are truly not friends and some of us who choose to be in a class room teach. As I read this little thought I realize how wonderful of an idea it truly is. It is not about learning calculus for the big test but about doing better than has been done before. If each of us could look at life that way and do today just a bit better than any other day before I wonder what kind of world we could make.
I was looking at my blue berries yesterday the ones not destroyed by bucks thrashing their antlers and those still alive are full of flowers and potential berries, made me think of picking blueberries at a friend’s house a few years back. It was hot out we nearly stopped several times but we kept on and you know when I finish writing today I will throw some big blueberries on my cereal and milk from the freezer. Blueberries really freeze great. Life is moving in so many directions as I read the news today and maybe one day soon I can stop ending my emails with this. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts and always give thanks namaste.
My family and friends I do not say this lightly,
(We are all related)