Thursday, September 20, 2007

This is what I crave

The Almighty Punahou School
Originally uploaded by SandyRat
Over at Throughlines, Bruce Schauble recently wrote
Once upon a time I thought that if I stayed at something long enough, it would eventually get easier. That has turned out to be true in some cases. I can, for example, after three years of practice, now play a C major scale on the piano with both hands without screwing it up too badly. I can throw together a salad in five minutes before dinner, without injuring myself, whereas once it was even money if I could get it done without breaking into the Band-Aid box.

But this is my 38th year of teaching, and I've gotta tell ya, whatever else it is, it isn't easier. The teaching part is always interesting and always challenging in a good way. It's the stuff that's going on around the edges just keeps getting more complex.
I want to work in a community of thoughtful people; I want to work with people who believe, like Mr. Schauble, that teaching is "always interesting and always challenging in a good way."

Perhaps as I expand my search to day schools, I'll add Mr. Schauble's Punahou School.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Talk like a Pirate Day!

Talk like a Pirate Day!
Originally uploaded by aromig52
Oh, to have a classroom where we could all talk like a pirate for the day! Don't let the 19th slip past without embracing your inner pirate.

Monday, September 17, 2007

My school is currently looking for a headmaster. Would you consider that type of job?

Originally uploaded by Tidewater Muse

There's a slew of "howevers" however.

Several weeks ago, my son Richard asked me if I won the lotto, would I build a boarding school? Interesting question, and it does get at the root of the question: What do I truly want to do?

My answer to this question is shifting slightly. What's shifting? I think the main thing that is shifting is I want to put my leadership skills to work.

That's all for now... and, yes, I realize that's not a complete answer or a complete thought. Off to Richard's school for a meeting with his teachers... More to follow.