I’m a Bit of a Science Geek
My children might argue that it’s more than a “bit”. I really love how science consistently works to validate ideas and increase our understanding of the world. And I love how it actually creates more questions than it answers — Science is a never-ending series of inquiries that delve deeper and deeper into areas of discovery.
Here’s a sprinkling of my passion for Science:
- My first degree was in Zoology;
- I was a Chemistry, Science and Math teacher;
- I enjoy reading all kinds of science articles and watching YouTube clips from people like Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson;
- The study of brain biology and how it relates to learning fascinates me;
“It’s OK to be where you are right now. It’s just not OK to stay there.”
This phrase resides above my desk. I heard it a long time ago at a table of educators — it really resonated with me. I have had it as a daily reminder every day since then. It guides me in how I observe, what I ponder and why I plan:
- We’re all at a particular place in our learning — and, it’s acceptable to be there for the moment. After all, we all have a different history and experiences in life.
- However, it’s not OK to remain in that spot — we need to keep moving forward. Continual improvement needs to be our goal — our reason for thinking, learning and improving in our practice.
We Need to Grow, Learn and — in some cases — even Reinvent Ourselves
For public education I believe this to be particularly true. To remain a relevant societal enterprise we need to be constantly evolving — and that begins with the people who work in the system — every last one of us. Continue reading