Thoughtful Thursdays: On Teaching


I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please. To think. I think…

Thoughtful Thursdays are one opportunity for me to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clich├ęs that inspire and motivate me.

So, what inspires me this week? Glad you asked…

I discovered a gem for teaching on Facebook a while back that does an excellent job of summarizing one of the reasons I bow to the inevitable and acknowledge that I am wired to teach. It is a pithy existential statement answering the question: why.

teaching for outcome

It’s on my Teaching Quotes page as well, but I want to showcase it here.


Being Challenged

I am thankful for the opportunity to be challenged, being “forced” to stretch my comfort zones. And I am thankful for the opportunity to help challenge others in a similar fashion. It really rocks to be able to do both at the same time! That’s what mentoring is all about for me.

One of “my” students made a pretty bold, potentially controversial post to Facebook not too long ago, linking to another site that posted opposing views. I was glad to see some glimmer of sound logical process in the views this student posted. Disagreed with several points, but that’s ok. What I’m more interested in is the thinking process that’s developing. I’ve asked this student for an opportunity to get together to dig deeper into that process, look at the argument pro/con in greater detail, looking at the underpinnings, the hidden & not so hidden agendas and trying to filter out as much of the heated rhetoric (aka flame wars) as possible to do so.

I really hope the challenge is accepted. What I like most is that this student is asking some really good questions and that’s the fire I want to feed. I believe in many things (as do we all) and one of them is the Sacredness of Questioning Everything. (Shout out to David Dark for his book with this title. I highly recommend it.) I also believe that there Are Answers to these Questions and I know Who has them. I almost wish He would make the answers a bit easier to get to. Almost. The joy is in the journey, most of the time, and the reward is all the sweeter, the summit vista all the more beautiful for a challenging climb to the top to see it.