I was just thinking about my last entry and all the possible avenues I could have followed, but didn’t. This seems to happen quite frequently with me as I’ll touch on a big idea or area to discuss, and only in passing address all of them. I like to plant seeds, but it seems I then prefer to let others develop them.
i don’t mind this notion of myself. It actually seems quite “teacherly” to me. I will walk you up to the door, but you go in and find what you are looking for. Teachers can often lead you to water, but you have to take the sip.
With my Maixmus post, I left so many open doors thought, it felt like perhaps I didn’t realize I wasn’t filling in all the gaps. I have been told that before, that I started the wheels turning, but didn’t post any signs for where to go. So, here are some further questions and comments I’d like to make:
– if you have a willing and able class, does the role of teacher change?
-if you are all struggling to meet a goal, does that make you as teacher stronger or weaker?
– will your class respect you if you produce (at the same time they do) that which you ask of them?
– can you show humbleness and sensitivity to everyone or just certain people?
– will your peers follow your leadership because of reputation or of proven tasks?
– do you become stronger if your students connect with you?
– can you influence your own role by utilizing the strengths of your students?
– can you influence change by harnessing your power with that of your colleagues and students?
These were ideas in my head as I wrote my first entry, but if you haven’t seen the movie, they will be lost on you. ( another lesson for me in context). Do I feel like I’m an “entertainer” in front of my class? Yes, sometimes I do, but the relationship moves much further from that to one of support, excitement, trust, hope, and learning. Not bad thinking from a movie.