Reflections about Teaching – March 7, 2022

ah, the challenge of teaching

during overwhelming times

please let me be here now

and take time

to listen,


and reflect


we only have

these precious moments together

two hours every other week

it’s not enough

but it’s what we have

I watch and wonder

how I can help you

rekindle curiosity and learn

when you’re too weary and anxious

to be fully present


let’s take the first steps together

to unpack a daunting assignment

step by step

take a few minutes to read

the article title and think

what do the authors assume

about the people and issues they studied?


those few precious words say a lot

about how researchers frame their work

it’s the first step for analyzing anything

and it’s too easy to move on

without taking time to realize

that this is the most important thing

they will have to say

about the assumptions, values, and worldviews

which (perhaps unconsciously)

guided the purpose and design

for the steps and details that follow


can one judge the quality of a work by its title?

the title, along with the abstract and key words,

offer a snapshot of authors’ views

about people and causes of problems

and clues about the trustworthiness

of their work and interpretations


do they encourage exploratory solutions

which are respectful and inclusive?

does their work have the potential

to enhance community connections and resilience?


Mary Oliver 2


“Let me keep my distance, always, from those

who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say

‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment,

and bow their heads”

Mary Oliver

(repeated because images can’t be translated)


9 thoughts on “Reflections about Teaching – March 7, 2022

  1. My wife is a retired teacher. She couldn’t relate to teachers for whom teaching was just a job. For her, teaching is more than relating facts and figures, it’s relating to and loving the children you teach. “Do what you love, and love what you do.”

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  2. I apologize for the previous shortened comment. Trying to comment in a moment of inspiration and my fingers got carried away…

    Carol, I appreciate the questions, an invitation to a deeper inquiry. How I wish more among us would allow their curiosity to emerge through the process of this deep inquiry…rather than thinking the goal is to find answer. The questions, themselves, can be the answer, if indeed that is what is sought. Through an assignment, a creative project or just about anything else. I really enjoyed this…as I explore my curiosity. I wish we had more patience and capacity for curiosity, in our world today.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Carrie. It’s a precious gift to hear that “your fingers got carried away” ,, “in a moment of inspiration.” Each thing we learn raises more questions to explore, but as you point out, there are too many things that demand our attention today. I am grateful the students I have worked with have taught me so many things and inspired me to keep learning. Your posts and reflections do that, too. 💜

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    1. Your kind words are deeply appreciated, Andrea. it’s sad that so few teachers take time to listen and learn from the wisdom of those who sacrifice so much to be able to learn, especially in times like these. 💜

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