Sunday, February 19, 2012

why i teach

Or perhaps more aptly, why DO I teach?! It hasn't felt like much of a vocation lately.

In an effort to keep the spark alive, it helps to watch and read the works of innovative thinkers. Ken Robinson is probably one of the most reassuring figures of all. This TED talk of his is a few years old, but it continues to inspire me.

I needed that today.

You know? Your boss doesn't always know best. Systems are subjective. After all, as Robinson points out, Shakespeare was a child once . . . and he had an English teacher. 

Here's to doing things differently, and to the sparks that fly when little wheels are turning. Invention is more important than cleanliness, and asking good questions is more essential than memorizing sight words. At least in my classroom.