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.”
* 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…