September 29, 2010

What's up

In 2004, Peter H. Reynolds wrote a brilliant children's book called Ish in which a little boy named Ramon discovers the wonderful feeling that comes with capturing the world from his own perspective. Ishfully. How liberating to consider that it is permissible to have an opinion or creation independent of judgement or correction. The book captures a lot of what I believe to be the essence of education. Discovery, creativity, freedom of inhibition.
Since I started teaching officially, I have found it to be a constant exercise in modification, accommodation and revision; but I have had a blast discovering teaching (ish). I definitely don't have it all figured out. In fact, I don't expect that I will be anytime soon. Nevertheless, I do think it valuable to capture the process. I have had at least five days in the last three weeks in which I came home thinking to myself "Man, I should really write that down". So here it is.

My journey, as a teacher...ish.

"We shall not cease from exploration, 
and the end of all our exploring 
will be to arrive where we started 
and know the place for the first time."
T.S. Eliot

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, 
for it’s not the same river 
and he’s not the same man."

"It's good to have an end to journey toward; 
but it's the journey that matters, in the end."
Ursula LeGuin