Daily Archives: February 21, 2011

Quick Hit: Why We Need Teachers, Reason 26

Really? No… REALLY?! If you’re going to put something in foot-high letters for the world to see, you might want to check your spelling. Just sayin’.

Hat tip to JoeMyGod.

SO! Who’s getting educated about what’s REALLY happening in Wisconsin?

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Monday Musings: Learning

Well, last week went well! I was able to think about love and the (very) different ways it manifests itself in my life all week, and I was able to engage in some really productive and challenging conversations. I kind of like this idea of keeping my mindfulness focus here, so I’m going to do it again this week. Let’s see where it takes us!

So, here’s what usually happens on Sundays: I lead my yoga class through a practice, get them all settled in the last resting pose, then sit quietly and wait to be inspired as to what the parting message should be. Sometimes, that inspiration comes right away – I know immediately what I should say and how I should say it. I’m constantly delighted when that happens and someone in the class comes to me later to tell me that what I said was exactly what s/he needed to hear. Sometimes, though, like yesterday, I get nothin’; I sit there and watch a blur of ideas fly through my head without any one of them stopping long enough to make me think it significant enough to give voice to. On days like that, I send it back to the class; what is it that THEY need to nurture or focus on or become open to?

I got my answer this morning.

Every school day, I go to a couple of sources and look up events that happened on that day to read later during the “today in history” segment of our all-school morning meeting. It’s a feature I started this year; I was inspired by my local NPR station which, every so often, gives a little fact or birthday when they tell me what the date is as I’m driving in to work in the morning (“It’s Monday, January 31st. Actress Minnie Driver turns 41,” that sort of thing). Though I’m pretty sure that the adults get more out of it than the kids do (most of them have no IDEA what some of the things I mention are), I really love it and, as a consequence, I’m a little addicted to it. When I opened my email this morning, the alert that history.com sends me every day told me that today, February 21st, is the day that Malcolm X was assassinated.

It occurs to me that I know a little bit about a lot of things, but there are some things that I want very much to know more about. Malcolm X is one of those things. He has always fascinated me, and while I understand the important talking points of his life, there is a lot about him that I don’t know. I think that I will spend part of my vacation week learning a little bit more about this man who inspired so much rancor and discord but who, at the end of his life, learned something he didn’t know before and made some bold and significant changes to his worldview.

So this week will be about learning – reflecting on the things I want to know more about, being mindful and aware of how I learn, and honoring that which I have learned already. I suspect that there will be a conversation in here somewhere about Humanism (I’ve been doing some reading and thinking about that, I’ve just not had a chance, yet, to write about it), about the things I learn from other people (did you know that Kizz is in CHINA?!), and about what I think about the ethics of information. I think there will be a lot to talk about this week, and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you.

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