Four plus years out of the educational setting, and I still can't shake the "teacher thoughts." Not that I want to go back or should go back, the quotes and thoughts I shared with kids everyday still stay with me. Each morning for 32 years -- without fail, I wrote a quotation on the board. My initial "fresh out of college, eager to ignite minds" purpose rarely achieved the "ah-ha moments" I expected my passion-impaired charges to grasp and hold dear. But, I persevered. Everyday a new bit of wisdom was plastered up there for all to see and share. Dutifully they wrote. Silently they sat for 5-10 minutes while I performed the required first of class duties of taking attendance, picking up homework, and passing out graded work. Of course there were years of variation to place the writing at the end of the hour so I could also share in the writing time, but much of the time was to secretly prepare for the next storm of students.
So what did they learn from my daily quotations? I hope more than I am presenting here, but I really will never know. I do know I learned a great deal:
#1 There are a lot of wise quotations out there. The sea is endless.
(As a matter of fact I never ran across this one posted above)
#2 Different perspectives of something said is as varied
as the number who hear it.
#3 hmm,....do I have a #3?
Probably not, but I do ponder on Plutarch's words. I agree that I could not pry open the Richard Craniums and pour in the knowledge. I had to try to give a spark and hope that someone's perspective allowed a bit of a firestorm in his pursuit of learning. But on the other hand, mighty Plutarch, once ignited and a grand bonfire of knowledge is before our eyes - what is left but ashes?
So, I will probably lean toward another quotation when it comes to "lighting up someone's mind"
The one I favor was originally Thomas Jefferson's but picked up in different forms as I have here:
Using your candle to light someone else's,
doesn't take away your own light,
but adds to the brightness of the room.
As least on this blog, my world is definitely brighter when I hear from you discovering new life for yourself in my words. It's a lesson I hold dear.
Thanks for being here.