Month: October 2018

  • Can we change things?

    Bird Droppings October 28, 2018 Can we change things?   “Therefore the shortage of effective teachers is not a problem that can be solved by a new structure. It is caused by how we train and manage teachers, and can only be solved by improving the way we do this, no matter what the structure […]

  • Learning is a journey strewn with boulders

    Bird Droppings October 29, 2018 Learning is a journey strewn with boulders   “In a word, learning is decontextualized. We break ideas down into tiny pieces that bear no relation to the whole. We give students a brick of information, followed by another brick, followed by another brick, until they are graduated, at which point […]

  • Hearing an owl

    Bird Droppings October 25, 2018 Hearing an owl   “If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.” […]

  • I am always finding where community exists

    Bird Droppings October 24, 2018 I am always finding where community exists   I am sitting listening to Allman Brother’s Fillmore East CD on a Tuesday morning a full moon hidden in our infrequent lately clouds outside. As I drove to school today I had several thoughts streaming through my head. How do two people […]

  • Have we sold our souls for a few trinkets?

    Bird Droppings October 23, 2018 Have we sold our souls for a few trinkets?   Morning is a special time for me always a new beginning. That might be far too easy of a way to say what I am trying to say. Today I went out a bit early from the house to take […]

  • What about adding to our current reality TV: The great teachers of America?

    Bird Droppings October 20, 2018 What about adding to our current reality TV: The great teachers of America? I am back in grad school and finishing my twelve yearlong doctorate, today working on writing. A time ago I had been set up to teach several new college classes when I received notification of a reduction in […]

  • Am I a Weginahsa?

    Bird Droppings October 19, 2018 Am I a Weginahsa?   “The work of a teacher – exhausting, complex, idiosyncratic, never twice the same – is at its heart, an intellectual and ethical enterprise. Teaching is the vocation of vocations, a calling that shepherds a multitude of other callings. It is an activity that is intensely […]

  • How do we find democracy?

    Bird Droppings October 18, 2018 How do we find democracy?   I was three years back I was still recovering from a slight change in medication for my blood pressure. I went home from school and dozed off for three hours afterwards. Immediately the next day we were rushing around with our heads cut off […]

  • We are so missing Creativity

    Bird Droppings October 16, 2018 We are so missing Creativity   It was another quiet morning as I wandered out although a bit too chilly for crickets and frogs. Yesterday afternoon as it warmed up however several tree frogs visited around the house. The air was still, not a breeze as I sat in my […]

  • Do great teachers truly use intuition?

    Bird Droppings October 14, 2018 Do great teachers truly use intuition?   I have mentioned over the years 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 intuitive aspect of observation. […]