THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 31, 2017

May we each incite a riot of learning and teaching in our lives. Who will join me in inciting this riot?

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 30, 2017

I know when I am teaching when I see the vitality in my students. How do you know when you are teaching?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 29, 2017

I did not know who wrote this quote til i found it again. One of my teachers shared this with me. We are all learners, doers, & teachers

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 28, 2017

Children know they have so much to learn and are open to it. May we embrace the desire and wonder of learning and of being taught

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 27, 2017

what you have come to teach can only be taught if you teach it. If you do not teach it, then it cannot be shared

I am so grateful to have my position as a teacher. At the start of each semester I am reminded what a blessing and privilege it is to be in this position. I have heard way too many professors at my school talk about what they have to teach their students. I talk with my students about how we teach each other. Yes, I know a lot and I am here to share my knowledge with them. However, they have taken classes, experienced things, read things, taken courses, and know things I could not learn if I had not met them.

I am also reminded of how much harm the educational system has done to students. I remember reading a book a while back called A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger van Oech. He helped me to understand how our system has taught students that there is A right answer, when there is really not. He wrote,

By the time the average person finishes college he or she will have taken over 2,600 tests, quizzes and exams.  The ‘right answer’ approach becomes deeply ingrained in our thinking.  This may be fine for some mathematical problems, where there is in fact only one right answer.  The difficulty is that most of life isn’t that way.  Life is ambiguous; there are many right answers – all depending on what you are looking for.  But if you think there is only one right answer, then you’ll stop looking as soon as you find one.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 26, 2017

Do we value the teachers in our lives and the tradition of teaching? If not, let us begin by revaluing those who have and do.

Song of the Week

May 25, 2017

I love some of the old Motown recordings like this one that teach us to be there for those we love whenever they need us https://youtu.be/aZavuPOWeJY

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 25, 2017

The classroom is just a room. It makes no promises. It offers you only what you are willing to accept and receive.

 

SPIRITUAL SOUFFLÉ

May 24, 2017

For years, I have wanted to make a soufflé and never did because I had always heard how challenging it was. I had even heard professional chefs talk about how hard it is to get the perfect soufflé, so I let my fear keep me from ever trying. What I have learned is that making a soufflé is like a spiritual journey. There are times that it collapses or does not rise, but generally it is when you have not done something. The same without spiritual journeys, generally it is when we are not doing something or we stop working on our journeys that we begin to collapse and we do not rise in the face of a challenge.

The foundation of every soufflé is the base. You make a base, you fold in whipped egg whites and you bake it. You can make your soufflé savory or sweet, but the basics are the same. If you follow some basic tips, your soufflé will always come out light and airy.

The same is true in some sense in our spiritual lives. If we do not have a spiritual base, regardless of what that base is, we will not grow and evolve. We will like a poorly made soufflé collapse and not rise.

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