Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Teaching: Covering Content Vs. Being Content
Last night I had a huge, my-brain-might-explode, aspirin/Motrin-doesn't work, go-to-bed-early, headache.
I woke up this morning with a revelation.
About content. Defined this way:
The material to be covered this year in school.
I realized that content temporarily hijacked me. It felt no different than an unwelcome solicitor's phone call in the middle of reading a book to my son...or a demanding email in the middle of a conversation with my daughter.
So I stopped. And thought about something else. How to be content. Defined this way:
From Google: "in a state of peaceful happiness."
That's what I want. For my students. For me. And for learning.
Learning isn't always peaceful. It's not always happy. But in order to truly be content, I think you have to be steered by something other than content.
Used the right way, content is good. It gives you a road map. But if you miss seeing the trees along the road, miss the kids giggling in the back seat, miss the smiles of the nearby driver, the map misses it's mark.
What do you think? Have you been so busy checking boxes, checking standards, that you are checking out on what's really important? Are you content about content? :)