a The Learning Garden: November 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Rocks and Ripples

Dear Middle Years Philosophy Class and Friends,

One very special day this term, Rutland Middle School and their teacher, Mr. Ryan Scorgie, visited the Learning Garden and the Middle School Teacher Ed class. 

We collected rocks, built a Celtic Spiral, then filled it with soil.

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Why a spiral?

In Celtic art and symbolism, the spiral represents the path leading from the outer world (materialism, external awareness, ego) to the inner (enlightened, intuitive)world. 

Some other spirals....

and who could forget,

More on our aspiring garden spiral in Spring 2014. 

With peace, for the coming weeks,


Of Middle years philosophy, and the Fruit
Of that learning garden and peace tree, That
Brought light and inspiration into our pedagogy
Sing O Educational Muse!
And though this poem, epic not be
This course truly was.
. . .

(From student Chris England's poem, "The Legend of Philosophers 2013", read during our final class of the term).

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ocean Update

Dear Students of Term One,

With the garden asleep, we have had time in class to think about the ocean. 
Is...the ocean broken?

These films of Humpback Whales were recently taken off the Southern coast of British Columbia.  

Victoria (D'arcy Island) BC.

What is the whale trying to communicate to the humans on the boat? 

How can humans respond?

Compassion: Compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering. (Oxford English Dictionary)



Thursday, November 07, 2013

Pumpkin Power

Dear Middle Years Philosophy Class,
Your beautifully written and illustrated story about the lost and found pumpkin patch was way better than Cinderella...

Good to know I "designed and sewed" those green trousers from discarded material. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Poetry Garden

Dear Humanities-English,

Thank you for your support this term...you're an inspirational group to teach with and learn from. 

Wordsworth reminds us why we do this work:
My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky.
(leap on)