Tag Archives: Reflection

“We teach who we are.”

I spent most of the last decade in the company of people who are passionate about the art and science of teaching. It was wonderful. Looking back, one of the ideas that still resonates with me came from Parker J. … Continue reading

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“What do these extraordinary lines summon in you?”

The premise of Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden is this: great poems can be dangerous. They can make you question your assumptions, change your direction, and find the courage to start over. I believe that reading … Continue reading

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“There should be brief intervals of time for quiet reflection . . .”

In this 1938 book about educational theory, John Dewey continues: “But they are periods of genuine reflection only when they follow after times of more overt action and are used to organize what has been gained . . .” He … Continue reading

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“Reflection is a mighty endeavor…no occupation is more powerful or more feeble, depending on the soul”

How come some people who write about themselves are bores, and others are fascinating? Michel de Montaigne, an inventor who lived in the 1500s, is fascinating.  Instead of keeping a record of what he did, he recorded what he was thinking about.  He … Continue reading

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“Trust that the presence of long-held stories in your memories are there for reasons beyond entertainment.”

John Dewey, one of my heroes, said that you don’t learn from experience — you learn from thinking about your experience. That’s the idea that What Our Stories Teach Us is based on. Linda K. Shadiow outlines a three-step process of description, interpretation, … Continue reading

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