This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years.
She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose to speak, her manner… Continue reading
After reconnecting with a former student yesterday, I began thinking back on my last years as a classroom teacher. I recall several other amazing students, and wonder what has become of them. I especially recall one guy, Andy, a sixth grader. All of the teachers who taught him (and I mean they all chimed in) said he was… Continue reading
Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.”
The… Continue reading
I can say, without any hesitation, this (fidget to learn) is true for me! When I was working on my quals for my doctorate, I would walk, walk, walk: memorizing as I walked. I walked the top floor of the graduate library (a huge “u”-shaped building the top floor of which was almost always abandoned). I walked the corn… Continue reading
I’m all for capitalism. I’m all for people making a fair buck. But I am a huge supporter of socialism, too.
How can this be?
We, in the United States, owe our children a free education. That’s socialism. And I am all for it!
In fact, I think providing every child with a free, quality education is one of the… Continue reading
I speak a lot about making a difference, about making the world a better place because you live in it. I say this mostly to educators. The work of the educator is a calling more than a job, and our mission is to empower human potential. For some reason, about this I have always been passionate.
I have generally tried… Continue reading
I have the great fortune of working with some profoundly gifted and dedicated people. They are truly good, decent, wonderful souls. I particularly enjoy giving one of them a hard time. Yes, B.P. it’s you!
Today she and another incredible teacher came into my office. I was lamenting that my blog had become so very political lately. Well, D.K. had… Continue reading
I heard Alan November speak today. Actually, this was the second time I’ve heard him in the last 4 months. He is bright, humorous, articulate, and spoke on the challenges of substantive technology implementation in the classroom.
Bottom line: with globalization of high speed connectivity our desk jobs can be immediately transported to China or India at a fraction of… Continue reading