Where in this wide world
Can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
This turtle in my classroom is the perfect educator. She invites imagination. She lives in a place of possibility. She's got no ulterior motives and you can't help but trust her because she keeps trusting you. She's a portal to the beauty of the physical world for children and an outlet for their fundamental need to care for something. She's changed our classroom. We're better people because she's part of it. Sometimes, powerful pedagogy is surprising simple.
Poem excerpt from R. Duncan's 1954 "The Horse"