Who is your superhero? I recently posed this question to my first year English students. Their responses revealed so much, but their comic strips revealed even more.
Life inside a music box ain’t easy. – Regina Spektor
As we were walking across campus this beautiful Spring evening, we began listing off all the things we will miss about our life in China. We are entering the final ten weeks of our service in the Peace Corps, so we thought we’d try to do some Top Five lists of things we will truly miss.
When a person’s view of the world is challenged, they must reconsider their position and either stay with their former beliefs or adopt an adjusted view of the world. It is in the paradigm stretching and realignment that learning can happen. This is where teachers can begin their real work of providing informed, engaging, and thoughtful opportunities for students to shatter their existing notions and enter into creative exploration of new ideas and concepts.
The winter of ’10-’11 is one to remember. “Leng si la!” (Cold to the death.) “Never have I met a winter such as this,” said one of our students. Both are true statements, I will not quickly forget this winter, but I’m happy to start that process now! For the Colorado folks who read this blog, of course we’ve lived in “cold country” before, but this is a whole other beast. You have indoor heat in Colorado! Alas, trees are now beginning their Spring budding and the air is filled with their sweet perfume. After a couple of summer-like days, we are ready to obsess about things non-weather related, like a new semester with new projects and actually wanting to venture outside.