Month: June 2017

  • Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are

    Bird Droppings June 30, 2017 Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are   I was asked at dinner 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 explained I started teaching swimming with my […]

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

    Bird Droppings June 29, 2017 Can you be dreaming, imagining, thinking, pondering and reflecting all in a few minutes?   I drove to south east Georgia over eight 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 […]

  • Constructivism: Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey and others 

    Bird Droppings June 28, 2017 Constructivism: Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey and others With the bulk of education in the early 1900’s following closely the Industrial Revolution and mass production, a few great thinkers took the concept of the individual child in psychology and education in new directions as to its relationship to children. How children […]

  • Today should always be a first day

    Bird Droppings June 27, 2017 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 […]

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

    Bird Droppings June 25, 2017 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 […]

  • Why is seeking peace so difficult?

    Bird Droppings June 24, 2017 Why is seeking peace so difficult?   “In this week of great destruction, we must each choose what road we are to walk and live. The road of destruction is war, it has always been so. The road of creation is deeper and more complicated; it has always involved forgiveness, […]

  • Why do we wish, wonder and wait?

    Bird Droppings June 22, 2017 Why do we wish, wonder and wait?   “Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.” William Davenant   It has been nearly eleven years since we moved last and found ourselves in this house.  I wasn’t sure from where to start several ideas have been […]

  • Learning and teaching are inevitable – if we try

    Bird Droppings June 21, 2017 Learning and teaching are inevitable – if we try   “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.” Dr. Mortimer J. Adler   Dr. Adler founded the Center for the […]

  • Constructivism Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey and others

    Bird Droppings June 20, 2017 Constructivism Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey and others With the bulk of education in the early 1900’s following closely the Industrial Revolution and mass production, a few great thinkers took the concept of the individual child in psychology and education in new directions as to its relationship to children. How children […]

  • Life is making a quilt

    Bird Droppings June 19, 2017 Life is making a quilt   It was nearly ten years ago today my wife walked in and told me that my mother said this was to be a happy time, a joyous occasion, as we celebrated my father’s life. She said I think we are even having a snow […]