Month: October 2017

  • Sometimes it takes an inner journey to help others

    Bird Droppings October 31, 2017 Sometimes it takes an inner journey to help others It has been several months that I have again focused on my own issues and problems and often let others problems drift by the wayside. I have been there but only perhaps in body so self-focused that many things drifted by. […]

  • In a world of data can we still use intuition?

    Bird Droppings October 30, 2017 In a world of data can we still use intuition?   I mentioned to a fellow teacher I can tell when a child has emotional issues most of the time after observing a few minutes and listening. Granted observations are part of most evaluations but I was referring to an […]

  • A chilly morning observation

    Bird Droppings October 27, 2017 A chilly morning observation   I spent the better part of yesterday avoiding my direction so intent on the moment I was missing cues to the past and future. As an empathetic human being I get caught up at times in the emotions and feedback of the present. When I […]

  • Do we as teachers build doors or walls?

    Bird Droppings October 26, 2017 Do we as teachers build doors or walls?   I enjoy arriving at school while the stars are still shining overhead something about the darkness is peaceful for me. I can remember when my youngest would ride to school with me; he is not quite as big a fan of […]

  • How do you feed the wolves?

    Bird Droppings October 25, 2017 How do you feed the wolves?   I walked outside very early this morning to a sky filled with stars and wisps of clouds floating by. Crickets were almost silent chirping slowly in the cool weather. My morning started long before sunrise today and the sounds as I walked to […]

  • Words not spoken are some of the most profound wisdom

    Bird Droppings October 24, 2017 Words not spoken are some of the most profound wisdom   I am sitting at least thinking about writing papers for grad school and words is what is on my mind right now. I just commented on a Facebook post about learning languages and how I know enough in several […]

  • What is that piece you cannot teach teachers?

    Bird Droppings October 23, 2017 What is that piece you cannot teach teachers?   “Studies suggest that instructional and management processes are key to effectiveness, but many interview and survey responses about effective teaching emphasize the teacher’s affective characteristics, or social and emotional behaviors, more than pedagogical practice.” James H. Stronge, Qualities of Effective Teachers […]

  • Words not spoken are some of the most profound wisdom

    Bird Droppings October 18, 2017 Words not spoken are some of the most profound wisdom   I am sitting at least thinking about writing papers for grad school and words is what is on my mind right now. I just commented on a Facebook post about learning languages and how I know enough in several […]

  • We seem to be missing Creativity

    Bird Droppings October 17, 2017 We seem to be missing Creativity   This was another quiet morning as I wandered out although a bit too chilly for crickets and frogs yesterday later in the day however several tree frogs visited around the house. The air was still, not a breeze as I sat in my […]

  • All is connected and intertwined

    Bird Droppings October 16, 2017 All is connected and intertwined   As I thought about the Sydney J. Harris passage below and walked out to a quiet spot where I meditate something hit me. As I faced east towards the rising sun the gossamer threads of life interconnected with everything. They were iridescent and softly […]