Category Archives: Education

Metaphorical Tradeoffs

Entering the EAGALA arena is entering the land of metaphor. It is this journey into the world of metaphor that allows me to take my Elementary Science Methods students from inner city Hamline University into a collaborative relationship with 1000-pound … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid

The Christmas Eve message at Christ the King Lutheran Church was entitled “Be not afraid”. I suspect similar sermons have been preached across the globe. This comforting message finds its ways throughout society. A search for “Be Not Afraid” pulls … Continue reading

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Trust the Process

On Saturday, I took eight students from my elementary science methods class to Cross P Ranch for a morning with the EAGALA model of equine assisted learning. We used the unique environment of the horse arena to engage in a … Continue reading

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Countering Groupthink with Solitude

I have been reading again Susan Cain’s book, Quiet. It is a tremendous book bringing to light the often unexamined role of the 50% that fall within the introvert side of the population. Many salient points are raised for me. … Continue reading

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Acting for the Common Good

 The tranquility of a quiet, sunny afternoon by the lake is quickly shattered by the loud whine of a jet ski racing across the lake. Similarly, the tranquil rustle of dry leaves stirred by the autumn wind is lost in … Continue reading

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Know Yourself

A question I often ask of new teachers is “Do you know yourself?” This is commonly met with a quizzical and puzzled look. Yet knowing who we are, how we think, what we believe, how we respond, and how we … Continue reading

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The School Bus Drove by Without Me…

The school bus drove by this morning picking up neighborhood school children eager for the start of a brand new year. I watched it go by – and went back into the house. For 35 years, my inner calendar kicked … Continue reading

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Why do I teach?

I have dedicated my life to the vocation of teaching. Most of my career has been in a kindergarten through 6th grade setting, including 16 years as a classroom teacher and nine as a science specialist. The last six have … Continue reading

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May the Wind Be Always at Your Back (or not)

“May the wind be always at your back,” I would tell my daughter as she prepared for a cross country meet. On bike tours, my wife and I would delight when a friendly tail wind pushed our weary muscles along. … Continue reading

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Facing Forward

They set a goal of moving their horse to the fence. Clear, specific, and measurable. All the indicators of a solid working objective – and now to work. They had earlier made the discovery that the placement of a halter … Continue reading

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