Reflective Then, Reflective Now ….

past-present-future-300x281Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
– T. S. Eliot

Right now, I’m living in the same city as I went to Teacher’s College, years ago. It’s been making me think of how far I’ve come and also paradoxically, how “little distance” I’ve traveled. I’ve written about the things I’ve learned through the years and my own teacher development. But right now I’m thinking about – what has remained?

I’ve been skimming through the reflective journal I kept 20 years ago, as I did my practice teaching at Nipissing University Teacher’s College in North Bay, Ontario. What I’ve read so far, really made me conclude that in terms of my beliefs and values – I haven’t changed that much as a teacher. Strange but true.

It is kind of spooky (but useful) to peak into one’s soul from many years ago. A glimpse of what you were. It’s a nice little mirror that I can hold up and see the changes and also similarities in mind and mumbling…. So in the spirit of reflectiveness and transparency – here is a selection from my little blue journal. I’m not typing it out but giving you the real deal. Scanned and in my own scratch. A testament to what I was as a teacher and what I am now….

Teaching Journal 1991

If you liked this post, you might like: Then and Now and also this great then/now photo essay.

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