IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

Summer Time Teachings

Monday, June 01, 2015

In the words of the great Alice Cooper, "School's out for summer."  For most of us that is now true. 

But, not for me.  I'll be getting those recent high school grads in just a couple of days.

A few of my colleagues and non-teacher friends moan when I say I am going back quickly after finishing up my yearly semester to begin summer semester.

But really, I don't mind.  I actually dig it.  In the summer, I usually only amass a dozen or less students, compared to the 25 I have to wrangle in the Fall.  In the Fall I teach all the Composition classes you knew and loved, a few literature classes, but mostly writingwritingwriting.

I teach more than English though.  I teach (and study) human nature.  And that nature, although the human does not, changes with every single semester.  Quite possibly, daily.  They would like to tell you that people's behaviors, outlooks, opinions can't possibly change that often or that quickly, but, oh, my friend, they do.

Think about it.  We are constantly globally connected.  We can't go a day without some mention of a political statement, or what some family has been hiding, or even to what extent Kanye smiled.  We are constantly connected to our smart phones, and that is not very smart.

When I was in college (and in grad school), I had a TV but it wasn't connected to anything but an old VCR.  In the mornings, I put on a CD (usually Tori Amos) and drank some coffee (usually French).  If I had down-time at night, I watched a favorite movie.  Smart phones did not exist.  If I needed to research something, I went to the library, the one with paper books, and shelves, and card catalogs, and librarians with an  extensive knowledge on the history of everything.

Smart phones are nice, but so is human interaction, which brings me back to teaching summer school.  Right now I have 6 students signed up to take my Introduction to Literature class.  I will spend 3 hours twice a week with 6 people.  Tell me we won't get to know each other in all the uncomfortable ways.  We're going to talk about words and why someone a hundred years ago needed to write them.  We are going to talk about words and why we need to choose them wisely. We are going to talk about trees and why a tree is never just a tree!  We are going to sit with our metaphors and look at the leaves and the sky.  We are going to listen to birds and probably traffic.  We are going to talk to each other.

If you happen to need Introduction to Literature, or maybe you just want to talk about trees that aren't trees, look me up. I'll be in Room 504.  I have a view of the river, the bridge, and the Farmer's Market.  I have 6  people talking to each other.

mark commented on 26-Aug-2015 12:57 PM
This is a test comment from Mark

Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Namaste Running Wild Birth Prenatal Yoga Dr Usui Light Roseanna Cash Yoga Journal Inner-light of Awareness Hatha Gratitude Non-reactiveness Moms Roses Swadhyaha The Universe Sacred Grief Aversion Diagnosis meditation Ken Wilbur Kriya Yoga Courage YTT Resolutions Drug-free Birthing Richard Freeman Yoga Wisdom Keen Awareness 504 Wild Horses YouTube Observation Running Suffering Integrity Kindness Political Yoga Sutras Birthing Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah Grace of God Be Love Babies Disapproving Cat Equanimity Just for Today Self-control Universal Love aging IndigoGrrl Pull and Push Heart Wizard of Oz Consciousness Honesty Being Human Steel and Stone Reiki 5 Principles of Reiki Personal Love Expire Compassion "I am not my body" chaos changes Natural Childbirth Transformation Subtle Energy God the Mind Intentions Prakriti Pain Stroke High Functioning Autism Breathing Cardio Ani DiFranco Human Nature Unity Birth Story Breathe Sensory Issues Practice Organic Body Suit Discernment Goals Energy Leslie Kaminoff Attachment Apathy Creative Source Introspection Yin and Yang Priorities Christmas Programs Righteous Babe Out of Range Peace Purusha Hot Yoga Weight loss School Agers Whole Health Acceptance Thorns Mindfulness Creation Flawed Change Upward Facing Dog Truth Einstein Chronic pain Tapah purnam Awareness Shelf-life Diabetes Goddess Chronic Depression Flexibility Divinity Patanjali Buildings and Bridges Full Wolf Moon True Self Human Existence Cancer Essence Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Isvara Pranidhana Loving-kindness Nature Mama Lifestyle Changes Carole King Fabulous Liberation Surrender radiance, yoga Unconditional Love We Are One Satchidananda hurricane Sensory Processing Disorders