The New Efficiency

This African proverb passed me on the internet last week, and left me thinking. Originally published on Dusty World in June of 2015: https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-new-efficiency.html Last semester I had an energetic grade 9 suddenly stop his interaction with the internet and wonder out loud (and it was asked in all seriousness):…

Tao of Teaching

Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching The best education is the one no one notices, the people are free to go about the business of realizing their potential.   The next best is the education that is loved, though this distracts people from realizing their potential in favour of…

Learning Curves

Following up on the 'just tell me the answer' post last week, I've been trying to find ways to articulate what I'm attempting to do with students so that they don't become frustrated.  It's said that familiarity breeds contempt, but what I'm hoping is that familiarity breeds confidence and a…

Fear & Arrogance

Quote from Bull Durham The industrial mindset around education tends to look away from this approach to learning, but there is something to be said for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds; it's a true commitment to what you're learning.  Of course, if you're going to learn something like…

Do As I Say

Reading Shopclass as Soulcraft a second time has me thinking about the similarities between Crawford's and my work histories.  I walked out of high school before I finished.  I wasn't failing anything, I was just sick of the officious and arbitrary nature of the place.  I wanted to learn how…

5 Things To Do As You Die

1.  Enjoy the silence.  You don't realize what a noisy contraption you've spent your life in.  Blood pressure, thumping heart, straining muscles, bones and meat.  When it all finally stops listen to the world, even if it's just for a moment, without the factory noises you've been experiencing your whole…