I am interested in writing, in the sharing of ideas. This blog is my effort to begin that process. My focus of writing will be on my experiences as an educator, a father, husband, and grandpa. I am interested in science education, particularly at the elementary school level. I also teach educational psychology and hope to write of that. General observations of life and learning will round it out. I invite you to join me.
So where does one start? Seems “It was a dark and stormy night” is already taken. So where do I begin? Perhaps it is best to simply start. So here goes…
I have been interested for some time in this blogging thing and feel I have some things to say, but have yet to put my words into the public ring… After 25 years in public education, I am now teaching at Hamline University in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. It has been a good fit. Just prior to Hamline, and highly influential in my professional development, I served as science curriculum coordinator at Saint Paul’s Crossroads Elementary School – a great place to be. My interests lie in science education, inquiry, the intersection of science and literacy, and learning in the 21st century. These are the topics I hope to focus my writings on – along with a few sidetrips. And so, welcome to “The Purple Crayon.”
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” – In a short and simple book, Crockett Johnson lays out a call for us all to be brave enough to venture forth, try out new landscapes, and be assured we can find our way home through the art of looking anew. The story is an account of Harold’s grand adventure through life amidst joys and travails. On this particular adventure, Harold finds that he has lost his focus, becomes disoriented, and begins to seek high and low to return to familiar grounds. He searches for his bedroom window, quickly creating whole cities filled with windows – only to find the harder he looks, the more wrong answers he finds – and not a bit closer to home. In fact, it is not until he stops trying so hard that inspiration arrives – calling him to consider a whole new way of looking. He shifts his way of thinking, literally turning it inside out, and begins to look from the inside out. Once he was able to do that, he found that he was instantly brought home – problem solved.
Harold’s metaphor of life inspires me to keep my thinking ever fresh, he has helped me to learn to look for those quiet spaces, spaces that allow me to consider anew my experiences, thoughts, and problems. In doing so I find a refreshing new perspective to consider.