Nov. 2 – Moments of Sparks

This November I am participating in the #ReflectiveTeacher November Blogging Challenge. I hope you enjoy these posts!

Today’s Question? Nov 2 – What is one small delight in the day that you always look forward to?

This challenge has stumped me for days! I’m retired now, but I always looked forward to teaching the kids every day — didn’t I? I looked forward to being at school and being with the students — didn’t I? A certain time of day? An activity with the kids? A specific subject? ?!?

I don’t think I looked forward to any one thing in particular… (except laying my head on my pillow each night; but that’s a whole other story).

And yet I used to really look forward to going to school to teach each day. I still do.

I looked forward to having FUN, and to enjoying the process. I looked forward to moments of laughter, and moments of inspiration and creativity. I looked forward to those moments when a student shouts out “I GET it now! ” “Oh Wow!!!” “Hey, this is cool!” and seeing a student’s face absolutely light up with the excitement of learning and discovery.

Moments of sparks. That’s what I looked forward to every day. Those small and unexpected, spontaneous moments of sparks lighting up a child’s life.

“A child’s mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.”  
~Plutarch, revised*


* From the Quote Investigator
Probably originated in a passage from the essay “On Listening” by the Greek-born philosopher Plutarch who lived between 50 and 120 AD. 1  The following excerpt was translated by Robin Waterfield for a 1992 Penguin Classics edition: 2

For the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting — no more — and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth…


About Cathy Beach

Recently retired elementary teacher and outdoor educator in rural Ontario, Canada. My Olympic Journeys may be over, but they lead me into some very exciting adventures with teachers and kids and the world of connected learning...
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One Response to Nov. 2 – Moments of Sparks

  1. “Moments of sparks” – perfect! That’s it exactly I think. 🙂

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