As a teacher I spent countless hours in front of my laptop surfing the Internet, researching articles, reading, reading, reading. I also spent the many hours making lesson plans, grading papers, in-class teaching, etc. But, the geek/nerd in me is all about the research. The ever unattainable understanding of how or why something works, the “best” way to teach, the “best” way for a student to learn. No sooner would I drag myself away from my computer, then I would pull it right back and start again.
There is so much information. There is so much wonderful information. There are not enough hours in the day to read it all, assimilate it all, use it all. It is Monday night and I have created this blog site. I’m working on creating another. I checked my Google reader and already have 22 subscriptions.
It is ironic. My mother raised an overachiever, nothing is ever perfect enough. Yet, I can still hear my father’s words telling me, “Lynn, you think too much.” Seriously? Apparently, my parents never heard of consistency in child rearing or the difficulties that abound with giving mixed messages.
Fortunately, for me, my husband, and my love of all things academic keeps me going like the Energizer Bunny. Somehow, my parents managed to inspire me to love academics, despite the mixed messages and dysfunction. I am pretty grateful. Now, it is my turn. I am trying to inspire my son, Gabriel, to love learning for the sake of learning, not a grade. To think, because you can never ask too many questions. I hope I am up to the challenge.