When I first ‘met’ Steve, he wrote about his school crossing guard mornings, asking children questions at his corner, “Who is Pavarotti?” Really? I was floored. This was the kind of teaching I had always known to be the best – inspiring, fun, and stimulating.
Every morning at his corner he was ready with a new question. “What is the formula for converting Fahrenheit to Celcius?” “Why did Frosty the Snowman tell the kids not to cry?” His relationship with children became strong. His crossing corner became the Curbside Classroom.
If you want a big dose of inspiration, I recommend Steve’s blog posts as some of the best reads. There are plenty of great stories! He is retiring, as change is inevitable. He will be on the substitute list, so we may occasionally hear more from the Curbside Classroom.
With thanks for being one of the best teachers, inspiring children and fellow teachers alike. -Jennie-
* The credit for this quote goes to a Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who lived around 500 BC. He believed that permanence does not exist, everything is in a state of ‘change’.
Heraclitus was right, I believe. ‘Change’ is a force that moves us to modify our behavior, to adapt. We really have no choice.
The novel Covid-19 is an example of ‘change’ and how we have adapted to new circumstances with new patterns of behavior: the wearing of masks, social distancing, acquiring enough toilet paper for a family of 7 when there are only 2 of us, hoarding.
Schools are adapting to stay on mission, educating our youth, with different methods of teaching: in person, on-line, or a combination of both, a hybrid. The objective is the same but the delivery is different. Educators have a history of adapting, changing to the circumstances, and that’s a good thing.
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