Up and down the East Coast, the question of the week is, “Are you ready for Hurricane Irene?” Bottled water? Check. Non-perishable food? Check. Boarded up windows? Check.Batteries? Check. In Spirit Lake, the question of the week is, “Are you ready for SLHS students?”From the SLHS Weather Channel, here is the latest Student Storm Watch with On-the-Scene Reporter, Kari Cantori.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Last Saturday, I visited one of my favorite second-hand stores in town. I sometimes get lost among the odd collections of chairs, groovy retro lamps, antique glassware or old, oxidized copper pans. I think I love "the hunt" as much as "the find".
I had circled through the aisles a couple of times when I noticed a wooden cylinder pushed to the back of a shelf. I thought it might be an old kaleidoscope, and my heartbeat escalated. As I turned it around in my hand, I realized that it was a small container, and I pulled the top off with care. I held my breath with anticipation of the treasure I would find inside.
And, oh, what a treasure!
I held the thin wooden pencil in my hand, and ran my finger along the graphite-smeared edge of the ruler. I drew out the ink pen gingerly and studied its shape. I wondered about the student who long ago used these tools to learn his numbers and letters.
I hoped he liked school, and I reasoned that the careful preservation of this pencil box was evidence of that. I hoped he had a teacher who was patient, a world that was big, and a dream that was realized. As I carefully tucked the items back into their container, I couldn't help thinking about how the tools of teaching and learning have changed. What evidence of 21st century education will be hidden on the back shelf in a thrift store a hundred years from now?
In the end, the tools won't matter. What mattered in schools back then is the same thing that matters now: the students, the teachers, the world and the dreams.
The tools we can carry in our backpacks. The treasure, we carry in our hearts.
Posted by KMW at 2:05 PM