Tag: Thomas Carlyle

  • Perhaps, within ourselves is the change we need

    Bird Droppings November 14, 2018 Perhaps, within ourselves is the change we need   I have not been away from my computer for some time finally emailing a ninety nine percent complete pre-prospectus to my committee chair. I have a feeling of accomplishment and ended my procrastination. I am not complaining but I enjoy the […]

  • Sometimes history is a teacher and others only a memory

    Bird Droppings September 23, 2018 Sometimes history is a teacher and others only a memory   The anniversary of a day that will be a scar on our nation’s history has past. On September 15, 1963 an explosion tore through the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, it was on a Sunday. People […]

  • Can we find real learning in the Kalahari Desert?

    Bird Droppings September 20, 2018 Can we find real learning in the Kalahari Desert?   Yesterday afternoon I was walking about the yard and along the side of our nearby dirt road taking pictures of wildflowers and grasshoppers among other things that I find as ponder. I spent several minutes trying to photograph a seed […]

  • Should children be left behind?

    Bird Droppings August 3, 2018 Should children be left behind?               “I believe that our own experience instructs us that the secret of education lies in         respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It     is chosen and foreordained, and he only […]

  • Do we teach or are we taught, a great question?

    Bird Droppings August 2, 2018 Do we teach or are we taught, a great question?   “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein   Andrea Teader does Podcasts, I happened upon one while sitting in my doctor’s office looking up storytelling on the internet. She started her Podcast, The […]

  • Why is it hard to think about compassion?

    Bird Dropping August 1, 2018 Why is it hard to think about compassion?   Almost six years ago I was quietly sitting in a hotel room in South Carolina it was still dark outside and it was odd not being at school. I so seldom missed a day of school. My middle son and his […]

  • Doing is the best teacher

    Bird Droppings July 18, 2018 Doing is the best teacher   It has been an interesting week already. Monday I had two of our grandkids over and we swam and played all day. Yesterday sat down and talked with my mother looking at old photos and just remembering. Today is work on paper day and […]

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

    Bird Droppings July 9, 2018 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 […]

  • Constructivism Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey and others

    Bird Droppings June 20, 2018 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 […]

  • Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are

    Bird Droppings June 17, 2018 Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are   I was asked at dinner one time 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 […]