My Best Teaching Is One-on-One


Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.


But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.


It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Love and Hate -- 愛と憎み

(This sort of deserves starting another blog, but if I keep doing that, I'm going to have to become a paying customer at Google. Freeloading has limits, and so does my wallet, so I'll keep it here.)

When I was a student in the primary grades, sometimes the teachers at school and church would talk about how difficult it is to define love. I thought about it at the time and I came up with the following definition of love:

  • Love is constructive activities, relationships, and emotions. 愛は、建設的な活動や関係や感情です。

By extension, hate falls out pretty easily:

  • Hate is destructive activities, relationships, and emotions. 憎みは、破滅的、破壊的活動や関係や感情になるでしょう。

Of course, that's an over-simplification, kind of like Newton's 2nd law of dynamics:

F = mA (Force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration.) (作用する力は質量と加速度の積に等しいです。)

But it's a useful basic definition. At least, it has been useful to me.

Incidentally, when one considers that building sometimes requires tearing things down a bit, it becomes clear why love and hate don't seem to exist separately.