Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Reading the poems of Milton this morning during breakfast, I came across these famous lines: “They also serve who only stand and wait.” I need to remember this as I’m teaching today. After all, serving is what teaching is all about, and waiting is a big part of serving. Teaching should never be about the teacher, but always about the students. It is the teacher’s job to literally ‘lose himself’ in the service of his students, and often the best way to do that is to simply wait. Often the best way to teach is not to actively organize, manipulate, guide, or instruct – but simply to patiently wait for the students’ innate goodness and intelligence to naturally and inevitably reveal itself. In Room 2, I need to do some serious waiting today.

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