One Sunflower

geologic time

on August 5, 2010

When I was growing up, one of my passions was archaeology and anthropology.  In fact, I began college with the intent of transferring to a school where I could pursue those interests.  Instead I fell in love with my college and majored in history.  My junior year I took a geology course and wished I had chosen it for my major!   I continue to collect rocks on every trip I take, my family thinks I’m a bit crazy for my collection which is spread throughout the house.

I began a post earlier in the summer about the professional reading I was doing, and now, fresh from a visit to the Lava Beds National Monument, I’ve got a new metaphor for my learning.   I’ve read more texts this summer than I have since the summer I was enrolled in TESL courses!

I feel like the ideas coming from reading about theory and practice are forming geologic layers.

There are layers of learning from my own ancient past when I began teaching preschool 30 (!) years ago, to those laid down in all the various schools and systems I’ve been a part of over the years.

Soon the rumbling will begin, the earth will shift and new landforms will emerge. A few more weeks and I will need to excavate and choose some nuggets to polish and hopefully source my classroom with new gems.    

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