Tag Archives: teaching

FMM 1 11 19 ‘I have the time’

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ~ Khalil Gibran. The joy of being a story-teller is that first you must collect the stories.  Which means at the very least having willing ears and an open mind.  Many of us don’t have the patience to hear a […]

FMM 1 4 19 A Repurposed Life

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. The old is new again.  On my recent trip to the UK we rode from Bolton, a town nestled in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines, in to the city center of Manchester.  Rather than driving […]

FMM 10 13 17 The Allure of Alliteration

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.”~ Edgar Allan Poe. As children we were taught the art of remembering by a number of tricks.  Even without big theories of pedagogy, the old time teachers knew that if you presented information in rhyme or in song, it laid […]

FMM 8 7 15 Being and Knowing

Set a better example (Better set an example)~Alton Ellis. Teaching and learning are two completely different concepts.  Ask any teacher!  You may teach your heart out, but if learning has not taken place, you were ineffective.  When I think of the image of a college professor standing in a large auditorium, expounding at great length […]

FMM 7 24 15 Shadow Boxing

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” ~ W. Clement Stone. Metaphors and allegories.  My father used some phrases that I grew up hearing, and often not understanding.  “You have to box dicey” he would say.  From the context I eventually realized it meant to be careful, watch your step.  I don’t think he was […]

FMM 8 22 14 Kicking and Screaming

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.   Being a teacher means you have to be an unself-conscious performer.  A big part of the job is holding the attention of the class, and to do that you have to be an entertainer.  […]

FMM 3 29 13 Patience

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” ~ William Shakespeare If patience is a virtue, then I must be very wicked. Last Friday morning, within hours of posting my Friday Morning Message, I observed my sinful behavior and realized that this week’s topic was already decided. […]