Monday, October 6, 2008

Yankee Stadium, children, and the woods

This blog is about teaching, and specifically it's abut me attempting to teach. I've come across plently of "education" blogs that end up being primarily NOT about teaching or education, but about politics or current events or race relations or other such issues of the day.

This blog -- is about teaching. Period.

However, from time to time, I will post something that is only tangentially related to teaching or ... maybe once in a while, not at all apropos to the subject in the least bit. This is one of those posts.

1) Yankee Stadium
On Friday, the wife and I (and sister-in-law) took a tour of Yankee Stadium. I've been a rabid, silly fan of the Yanks since the age of 8. I've been going to Yankee games longer than some of the kids I'll be teaching will have been alive. Almost twice as long, depending on which grade I end up in. I would guess I've been to over 300 games there -- but I'd never been on a tour of the stadium. It was excellent. We got to walk out onto the field, along the warning track, sit in the dugout. THE DUGOUT! Where Jeter sits! Where Mantle sat! The wife stole a bunch of dirt from the warning track and shoved it in a baggie in her pocket. The stadium will be missed.

2) children
We also went up to the Adirondacks this weekend for a big family hoo-haa (the wife's family, not mine). There are tons of little'ins on her side. Lots of 'em. Tons. Scurrying around like rabid little honking squirrels. There's something about the unconditional love and trust you get from kids. It's makes the world seem not so awful.

3) the woods
I'll skip all the Thoureau quotes and just say that spending a weekend up in the middle of nothing, on the shore of a deserted lake, with a ton of awesome, loving family, puts all of your real-life decisions in perspective.


Jose said...

You know I love the Yanks (and I got the quote as soon as I read it). Interesting that you mention education blogs, because I've always found that we do need more people writing about their lives as teachers. Unfortunately, now that we DO have as many teachers writing about just teaching, we never get to see a little more about their lives that inspire them to get in that classroom. People don't come into teaching because of the professional side of it. They come into it with a decided social lean.

With that said, you bring up a good point and some blogs get a little tired when they're not really talking about education. Nonetheless, keep doing what you do. Good to see you accumulate readers.

Bronx2020 said...

Thanks for the word of encouragement Jose. The tour of Yankee stadium was amazing and fun and thrilling, but somber in a strange way, almost like an Irish wake.

And as to education blogs needing a bit of the every-day in them, I agree. I think people writing about teaching should shed some light into the parts of their life which affect or are affected by teaching. However, I'm so tired of listening to (and reading) these rants people have that are really apropos of nothing. I care about a teacher's thoughts on world events as much as I care about Bono's or Madonna's -- which is to say, not at all.

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