salvēte, amīcī et sodālēs! I apologize that there wasn’t a post on Saturday. I had hoped to wrap up the themes of last week’s posts that day and to preview some exciting changes, but circumstances intervened again. I was more tired than I’d expected to be after my first week of school (really just three days), and then it was time for yet another trip to the Apple Store. The continuing saga of my daughter’s iPod has now finally reached its conclusion: the new one arrived, the old one was surrendered, and she’s enjoying her (backed-up and restored) music collection once again. I also took my favorite computer, our one and only Apple product, in for service: it had started having an odd issue with the screen backlight, which turned out to require some service. So I’ve been making do with a different machine for the past day or so … I don’t want to speak ill of it, especially since I’m writing this post on it, but it’s Not The Same. Everyone will be happy when the little Macbook returns safely! 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot about the ideas of Joy, Learning, Community, and Ownership this weekend, and not just about how they apply to the Tres Columnae Project. I spent part of the day Saturday providing some long-distance mentoring to a young colleague, a brand-new Latin teacher at a brand-new school. Like many of us, she’s been struggling with making the connection with her students so that they can all be successful. I was especially impressed by her self-awareness … the Ownership she has of her own life, if you will. She could see that a lot of the issues she was having stemmed from a difference in learning and teaching styles between her and her students: they’re mostly visual-kinesthetic learners, and she’s mainly an auditory learner and teacher. Good thing we talked on the phone! Anyway, the good news is that she developed some great ideas to work with her students’ learning preferences, and I look forward to hearing the next update. I also found that it was a joyful thing for me to be able to help her (and for her to receive the help she needed); that we both learned a lot in our conversation; and that we formed a community of support for each other. I had some other experiences of joy, learning, and community this weekend, too … but I’ll save those for another post.
Thinking about Ownership, though, I realize that no one actually owns anything permanently … in a hundred years, or certainly in a thousand, the things I “own” (if they even still exist) will belong to someone else. Of course we do own things for a time … but even when we own them, it’s really more like holding them in trust, or in stewardship, or something like that, isn’t it? Our participants will own the stories they create for the Tres Columnae Project, but if all goes well, those stories will take on a life of their own … and they’ll still be around, to be cherished and enjoyed by countless new learners and teachers, long after their owners have moved on to other things. That makes me happy, but it also makes me feel pretty small and insignificant in some ways … and yet, at the same time, it underscores the importance of what we’re doing here.
quid respondētis, amīcī?
- What do you think of this idea of Ownership as Trust or Stewardship?
- What do you think of the idea of Tres Columnae Project stories as a continuing legacy?
- What great examples of joy, learning, or community have you experienced in the past few weeks?
Tune in next time, when we should be able to start a new series of posts about plans for Version Beta of the project. intereā, grātiās maximās omnibus iam legentibus et respondentibus.