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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Spontaneous Combustion

Ahhh, a quiet morning. It is rare that I am the first one up, but here I sit in the stillness wanting to hold on to it for as long as I can.

I just had an explosive week at school ~ good explosive! I must admit that I love to bringing out the wildness in my students. ;-) And let's face it, learning can be messy! Personally, I always hated being bored in school. My favorite teachers were those who let go, could tell a story, could reel you in, could make you feel, pretend and imagine the subjects you were discussing.

Right now, the thing that is awakening me spiritually is the energy of my classroom engaged in the excitement of learning. Of experimenting. Of making mistakes that lead to new discoveries. Of finding truth in the pages of a book, morphed by what you've just made a part of who you are. It makes me feel bigger than my body! And I have to say, such is both exhilarating and humbling.

All week, my students were over the top full of energy! Different than I think I've ever experienced, it was like they were collectively bursting at the seams and were notching-up right before my eyes ~ if anyone is into astrology I would love to know what was happening in the cosmos over the last 5 days. Initially (as all good teachers are trained to do) I wanted to bring the energy down, make it nice and neat, wrap it in a bow ~ stop the accompanying noise from spilling into the hall!! But early on I realized that there was more order than chaos ~ there was real growth in the room, there was this overwhelming factor of going beyond, and once I realized that I got out of the way.

Last night I was exhausted. Quite possibly the most tired I've been at the end of a week since school began in September. But it was worth it. It is a transforming thing to feel like you are made for the moment you are in. It took me such a long time in my life to be present in the right moment ~ and even still these collective moments can be wrought with challenges and change ~ but my feet are on the path. And the right moment is going to be mine for a long time to come.

Namaste.

14 comments:

carol said...

How fun and exciting that must have been for you and your students! My husband is a high school teacher and I was a teachers aide so I can totally relate to your story!
:)

solange said...

Beautiful blog Angela, very sensitive inspiration...
Thank you for visiting me.
LOve and light
solange

Bob said...

I would love to have been a fly on the wall in your classroom.

I imagine your students will have good memories of you for the rest of their lives.

Smarts said...

Carol & Solange ~ thank you for your visit, you made my day! Please come back anytime. :-)

Smarts said...

Bob, sometimes I would like to be a fly on the wall in my class! This year I am finding the more joy I put in the more I get out ~ it is a good spiral.

A.

joanne said...

well, i'm just a bit speechless here with your post, mostly because, as you already know, i've had a similar week myself... so it definitely feels like something has been up, maybe in the stars, the planets, whatever it is it has been amazing...

you've sent me into a wonderful awe-filled quiet with this... "It is a transforming thing to feel like you are made for the moment you are in."

wow... your writing reaches right down into my heart, like the notes of a song, singing just for me...

Dawn said...

I love hearing about teachers and learning like this! To be inspired for most is life changing~

Thx for coming by my blog!

~D :)

Smarts said...

Joanne, your comments make me feel so good!!!! Glad your week was also other~worldly!

Smarts said...

Dawn, thanks for coming to visit me, too!

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