Steve and the Man Who Had Lived Forever

Steve’s wisdom was sometimes challenged by rival teachers and wise men. I record here one of the most interesting of these cases, when Steve’s authority was said to have been superseded by a man who had lived forever. Let us begin:

One day when Steve was deep in thought, some of the peasants from the village came to visit, bringing with them a very old man. The man was small and wizened and old, and he shuffled forwards slowly using a gnarled and knotted walking stick. Ever helpful, Steve’s favorite disciple hurried forward to aid the old man to his seat. We recognized him instantly: the village people had been talking about nothing but this wondrous newcomer for the last three days. According to village rumor, he was the oldest man who had ever lived – in fact, it was said he had lived forever! Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom

Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.

Blissfully ignorant.

You aren’t in theatre.

But everyone’s acting.

Where difficulty arises, use a graduated response.

YOU! SHUT UP!

It’s a concrete situation.

I can’t get out.

The great well of human forgetfulness.

Bottomless pessimism.

You haven’t a leg to stand on.

So hop hop hop away.

Splat.

Some Thoughts: So You’re Going to be a Teacher

4 things I was told about teaching that are wrong.

In this post I want to talk about 4 things that I was told to do/not to do when on teaching practice that I just don’t agree with. There’s a kernel of truth in each one but they’re not absolute rules. To be fair, I don’t think anyone who put these forward thought they were absolute rules either. However, I think that it’s easy to misinterpret them as such, so with this article I want to present some arguments against them. I hope you will forgive me if I exaggerate some of these positions and arguments; I think it makes for a more interesting read. Continue reading