Posted in Blog a Month, Blogging, School, students, writing

Daisies Matter


When you don’t sleep because you mark, and mark, and mark their writing. 

 And so much of it is beautiful and brilliant and you are grateful that you get to be the one chosen to do this hard work of marking, and marking, and marking.  And even the writing that is not really that beautiful is still a marked improvement from where they were months ago, and you are cheering for their growth, humbled by their monumental efforts to please themselves and to make you proud.

And then you get to read something like this from Hope (click this – I promise you that this poem is ridiculously good):

And you are reminded that this work is important, so important.  Their voices: their hearts, their minds, their souls are so very, very important.  And you are blessed, so very blessed.   

So, when you don’t sleep because you mark, you are really just blessed to be reading – and in reading you are hearing the voices that need to be heard and honoured.  And they are so very beautiful.  Every voice on this blog is beautiful and brilliant:    And I am in awe!

This is our last week with this garden of daisies.   Listen to them – they need to be heard.  See them – they deserve to be seen.  Love them – they matter. 


Posted in ETMOOC

“Tell all the Truth …”

I was reading some poetry this evening, cause that’s what lit-geeks like me do, and serendipitously found this Emily Dickinson poem that resonated deeply with me on many levels, especially in regards to my quixotic pursuit of the paradigm shift with educational technology that I spoke of in my last post.

Tell All The Truth

Tell all the truth but tell it slant,
Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth’s superb surprise;

As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.

Essentially, I hear Emily Dickinson stating that all the razzle and dazzle of truth must be revealed slowly and mindfully, otherwise we would be blinded by its immediate radiance.  This, too,  is true for learning in our etmooc course (!  Essentially, the learning is not a linear process but, rather, it is a indirect process that slowly reveals “truth”.  We are drawn in to explore and question based on our personal interest and needs –  taking the time to find the truths to the  circuitous paths we are each exploring.