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Roofless School

a dictionary of true mirages bird songs instead of geometry plus a clock with no hands many very magic felt pens words like primrose or rainbow painted on a huge whiteboard come into the roofless S…

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John Dewey suggested education is not preparation for life, but life itself. The poem, Roofless School, extends that metaphor to poetry.

Poets sit under the sky and experience the world in the most complete ways, but their poetry is subject to diverse interpretations. When I go back and read a poem, I find new meanings.

Each time we experience the world, we experience something new. Regardless of how familiar it seems to be, an experience can only be experienced once, in the moment I experience it. We re-experience the experience retrospectively and find new meanings in a new, reflective experience.

When I taught, I tried to begin each day fresh. It was not erasing the past, but I realized how the past informed my relationships with students, curriculum, and digital technology in the present moment. In those moments, being mindful and sensitive was paramount.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

6 responses »

  1. I like that idea because we never stop learning especially through life experiences.

  2. Growing up, I had several good teachers. But also, and doubtless a product of the times, I was often forced to choose between education and life. Education in stifling rooms where I was forced to sit for hours on end vs. life outside where nature was my most patient, enduring teacher. Still is, despite all my years of ‘education,’ in the end 😉

    • I found it interesting at conferences talking to presenters who were closer to my age. They acknowledged that in previous generations there was a focus on compliance that overcame. As well, parents were often more directly involved in the school. In a small town, teachers and parents met each other in the community. It often re-inforced the compliance. I am grateful for that to an extent, but it is only recently that I became aware that I needed to be aware of that and find a balance.

  3. It’s great to embrace different ways of learning. I have achieved so much since I had chance to break away from traditional methods of learning and made progress I never thought possible!


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