Things I learned from the reading:
5th century Athens nailed it with creating meaning through engagement being above that of satisfaction and fulfillment. The exchange of this meaning progresses the community and through this concept of “Paidea” everyone benefits. I also have a strong appreciate for the effort that II. 9. brings. “Good teachers attempt to develop interdisciplinary connections between their own subject area and other subject areas.” I cannot stress how difficult this is under our current formats of economics and academics. I feel the pinch of this detriment in my current field and I am not sure we as a society will ever be able to measure the effects of these rifts in our current state. But I do have hope that as the manifestation of these weaknesses continue to snowball, the value of these missed connections will become undeniable, making action unavoidable and creating enough need to reconcile.
Some things I learned in class:
How important variable pitch is for keeping the crowds attention.
Opening with “what I’m not going to do” preps people to listen for the intention.
If you are #1 in your field your knowledge is contagious, and students wont have time to act out if you have compelling curriculum, and the best way to do that is by being passionate about the material.
Stories hide lessons, short stories provide breaks to the content enough to regain their attention.
The moving of your body to the direction of people carrying on a disrupting conversation in class can discreetly put pressure on them to stop.
That Jefferson believed the most dangerous is an elevated education with no moral guidance.
“Meism” could be the single most toxic malady in the US.
And my personal favorite: a guide to how successful you are is how many kids stay after instead of going to recess.