Teaching and mothering feed my soul

 Teaching and mothering have been such a joy for me. I feel that they are so strongly intertwined and they both are both completely joyful and exhausting.

When I teach at my best, it seems that I have such a strong and loving feeling for my students, like a mother. I’m totally involved in their welfare as much as their learning. I find myself wanting to feed their spirit as much as their mind. I want them to grow as good and healthy people not just expand on their basic knowledge library.

So, as a caring mother, I bring them things: good food, sincere compliments, interactive content and thought provoking ideas.

Do you feel the same way about your students? What sort of things do you love to share with your students? What sort of response and results do you get from your students for your effort?


School Focus and hocus pocus


Current school focus (although they say that it’s the welfare of the child… It’s really):

  • 1. student management,
  • 2. Budgets,
  • 3. staying competitive (good standardized testing scores so that they are judged favorably),
  • 4. crowd control (and security) to deal with violence,
  • 5. teacher satisfaction to the extent that they avoid union issues

Where schools should focus:

  • 1. Curriculum as it relates to the real world needs and the students’ future,
  • 2. Student’s positive emotional state and skill development related to their goals, abilities and future,
  • 3. Teacher’s emotional wellbeing, tools and support as it relates to their abilities to coach, nurture and motivate their students to do and be their best,
  • 4. Teacher tools for providing the active learning environment that is most engaging and necessary to the learning process,
  • 5. Training teachers to recognize and appreciate the divergience of their students and the benefits, strengths and vision already in them, ready to bloom and grow for the betterment of all.

Teaching is Organic


Most of teacher training is about teaching content that the school district has decided is “required” for the sake of their agenda. No wonder why its missing the mark. It speaks to the desires of no student.
Current teaching styles relys on the student being forced and bullied or threatened into learning subjects that they may find meaningless and wasteful. Most teachers depend on the repetition of their personal learning/school experiences and the standards and modeling of their University’s Teaching program.
The old model of teaching is stubbornly engrained itself in all school systems and it’s a nasty virus like problem that won’t go away.
The only way to improve the education system and the learning results for our future is to actually change the model. We need to target new goals and set a new agenda.
Let’s start here:
Great teaching is organic! Yes, Organic! It’s a natural process, everyone learns from birth. In fact, as young children we learn more each day than we do while in “school”. People have a natural curiosity and a naturally strong desire to learn. Plus, if they are motivated on a topic enough, they become tenacious in their goals and won’t give up easily.
Organic learning is the best kind of learning. It’s the most fun and keeps the students highly curious and engaged. And this isn’t only for children, we use this teaching style with adults too and they rave about it.
Organic teaching:
Inspires the student’s desire to learn,
Enables a strong bond between the student and teacher,
Allows students to appreciate their own skills,
and the skills of each other,
Makes lessons relevant,
Lessons have tangible meaning,
Lessons have understandable pieces,
Insures that each lesson has functionality,
Speaks to the needs of the student,
Engages the students in the learning,
Activates many parts of their brain,
Proves its value quickly,
Empowers the student with high self esteem,
Creates benchmarks for growth,
Makes a clear and understandable path to a goal,

If teaching in school were approached with a more organic style of learning, then we would see more progress and positive momentum in our schools and society.