Back To School... Carpe Factum Style
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -Albert Einstein
Today I begin new employee orientation at Drake. (Yeah, the irony of having been there for over seven years already is not lost on me.) I'm excited about this year, though. Much of my course load will be the same with the exception of one new course on Leadership and Human Capital Development; still, there's a sense of newness about the whole experience. I really almost feel like I am a first year teacher, and that's exciting to regain that spirit again.
A lot of educational institutions are getting back into the swing of things over the next couple of weeks. But let's not think of them as "educational institutions" any more. I'd rather think of them as idea incubators... or discovery centers... or life labs. I'd like to challenge my fellow educators no longer to think of themselves as "just teachers" ... we're safari leaders ... we're artists ... we're conductors (music or railroad... you pick your metaphor).
There are a lot of young minds out there depending on our perceptions... of them... of ourselves... of our profession.
Now Carpe Factum!