I began following this blog recently and it has many great quotes.
Einstein is one of my favourite sources for quotes. When I taught, I had a poster in the classroom with this quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
One day, a student asked who the person in the poster was. I replied that it was my dad. Another student said that could not be true. I answered that we both had wild hair and were eccentric. A third student pointed out Einstein’s name on the poster, but from that time on, students always asked which dad I talked about when I said something about my dad. It was a great way to teach about literal and figurative ideas.
Being present includes responding reflexively in appropriate ways. Listening to others mindfully, I can respond properly. When I began to teach, I found it hard to do that, often tripping up, saying the wrong thing, and sometimes nothing at all. With experience, I grew and became more effective, listening carefully to what others had to say.
In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms.
I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders.
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I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry.
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wonderful post ❤
Thank you Bonny.
Love Einstein as Dad!
We had fun with it.
It sounds as though you cultivated a more relaxed than rigid classroom. That must have made it easier for your pupils to learn.
It took time to get there. How we were taught leaves deep imprints. Hugs back David.
The wise wear wisdom well, congratulations!
Thank you Marie.
the things we teach kids. lol –
We do without realizing it.
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Thanks for this Ivon. Forgive me as I share how I can relate to all of this: the quote, your anecdote, and reflection of how this relates to your pedagogy to listen and be mindful. In so much of life, we are and have the capacity to be teachers (formal or otherwise). And strikes me that in both my formal and informal roles, the thing that has guided me to be my own best in each is to be my authentic self. And when I read Einstein’s words, I’m also struck that he’s saying something similar — “knowledge” being something external; imagination being internal derived from trusting our authentic selves.
Thanks for giving me a(nother) chance to pause and reflect today. 🙂
Dale, thank you for a wonderful comment.