I have always been deeply concerned about the quality of teaching and learning we provide for our students.
For years, I preached the power and potential of technologies and techniques to transform a classroom.
But technologies and techniques do not always work.
I slipped into a funk.
I felt disconnected from my students.
I didn’t know who they were anymore.
So I decided to get to know them.
Every day after class I would announce to my large lecture, “I’m going to lunch. Anybody who would like to join is welcome!”
And so, every day, day after day, I had lunch with a different student.
There is just one rule of lunch: No small talk.
And my teaching changed.
Instead of starting with technology and technique, I started with them – getting to know them and their needs.
But what really brought back the joy of teaching was rediscovering the joy of learning.
Watching my own kids reminded me that
I started learning things that were hard and scary for me, like drawing (animation), swimming, and handstands:
And as people helped me learn these things, I remembered that on the journey of learning
This website is a humble exploration of the joy of teaching and learning and how to spread that joy to others.