The Future…

It seems as though we put so much importance on how our students do on the ACT, what their GPA is, what sport they play on Varsity, and where our students go to college.  I remember myself at 17.  Was I defined at 17?  Did I even know who I was or where I was going?

We choose schools and plan a future for our children, but they are still forming as individuals and too much importance on who they are at 13, at 15, at 17, and even at 19 may mean they are boxed into a plan that may lead to years of confusion and an inner struggle for identity.

Back to me…I went to the local university, had too much of life going on, and I ended up with an abysmal GPA.  While I was failing classes, I learned a little about who I really was and what my interests and goals were…and were not.  I went on to Northwestern graduate school and am now at the U of I at Champaign doctoral program.

Nothing in my past could have predicted where I am now.  I know we do so much for our students and our children hoping to plan a great future.  I think research would show that enough students surprise us so that we simply do not have the data to support writing plans in stone for them.

Breathe, and let life take its course.  If you have been nurturing, and you have been listening, and you have been sharing yourself with your child and your student, the decisions they make will be their own, but a part of you will be revealed in their strong and sure steps forward.

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The Value of Learning and Teaching

I am reminded through the news, or during conversations with friends, or even when I reflect on my own career and life, that we often measure one’s value within society based on monetary contribution to the U.S. Gross National Product. 

Ironically, these may be very highly educated individuals; mothers, fathers, students, volunteers, educators, and others, who have chosen to focus on something other than making money.

My favorite reflection on money and teachers is by Taylor Mali. 
Please take a look at this three minute video of “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali

I think it reminds each of us, and all of us collectively, that value may be measured in a variety of manners and the amount of money one makes is not the most effective measure of one’s value.

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The Cycle

We strive our whole lives as parents and teachers to raise individuals strong enough to leave home, courageous enough to define their own place in the world, and grounded enough to always know who they are.
And yet when our work is done and we are successful, there is sadness and loss.
It is the cycle of living, learning, teaching, and allowing others to move on to their own living…

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Live, Learn, and Teach

 In each moment of living, 
       we learn about the world and about ourselves. 
When we share our learning, we are teaching.  

This site is about that process.  

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