Month: March 2019

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

    Bird Droppings March 31, 2019 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 […]

  • Is it passion or just obsession?

    Bird Droppings March 30, 2019 Is it passion or just obsession?   “All games have an important and probably decisive influence on the destinies of the players under ordinary social conditions; but some offer more opportunities than others for life long careers and are more likely to involve innocent bystanders.” Dr. Eric Berne, The games […]

  • Children Teach what they Live

    Bird Droppings March 24, 2019 Children Teach what they Live   It is a beautiful spring day outside and quiet after a crazy open house next door. It seems the solitude of the country has changed rapidly in only a few weeks. A developer bought sub-division and has put up houses. People are moving into […]

  • Setting priorities on a chilly spring morning

    Bird Droppings March 22, 2019 Setting priorities on a chilly spring morning   “Keep in mind that you are always saying ‘no’ to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep […]

  • Are we going in the right direction?

    Bird Droppings March 21, 2019 Are we going in the right direction?   “I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living. I believe that the school must represent present life-life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, […]

  • Where is the beginning or end in a circle?

    Bird Droppings March 20, 2019 Where is the beginning or end in a circle?   “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” Albert Einstein […]

  • When did Bird Droppings start?

    Bird Droppings March 19, 2019 When did Bird Droppings start? On February 3, 2003 I officially started titling my daily emailing and blogging, Bird Droppings. I went back in my files and pulled up a few old thoughts and ideas. As I was reading the local paper today a street poll was included asking locals […]

  • Quietly listening to Bob Dylan and pondering the word inspiration

    Bird Droppings March 18, 2018 Quietly listening to Bob Dylan and pondering the word inspiration   My mind wandered back fourteen years to a county wide teacher kick off meeting, traditionally a packaged inspirational meeting and welcome back for the new school year hosted by an outside speaker. The county would pay big bucks to […]

  • Is there a difference between progressive and traditional teachers?

    Bird Droppings March 17, 2019 Is there a difference between progressive and traditional teachers?   In a ninth grade literature class that I happened to co-teach in many years ago, I was introduced to the book, Freedom Writers Diary and the film based on the book. In some ways the story is similar to the […]

  • Teaching and life are simply feeding wolves

    Bird Droppings March 15, 2019 Teaching and life are simply feeding wolves   As I opened my phone numerous news stories and jokes were addressing the college guidance company that recently was busted for getting wealthy kids into college for money. I recall the urban myths of a college SAT test taker who would using […]