Sometimes in our desire to preserve the things we love, we forget just what or who those things really were: Avant Garde, Innovators, Adventurers, Triers of New Things, Goer to Strange Places. Will Shakespeare used a brand new method to present stories - a permanent theatre structure. Prior to Burbage and Shakespeare, actors (known as players, hmmm....) traveled and acted and played their stories in Inn Yards and Town Squares. AND Shakespeare used printing - a thing that some were convinced was "of the devel." Yet, Will is revered today and held on to as if he were a fragile and evasive mist of memory. Perhaps we should remember how much he challenged the status quo. Then, there's the Beatles.....They, too, challenged the way things were. We may get quite nostalgic about them, but they stirred things up. The Beatles were individually and as a group quite innovative in their music, their lives, and in film. Perhaps we should try to be as audacious as they were, taking a risk, seeing what works and what doesn't. Never afraid to learn from mistakes. That is their greatest gift to posterity, don't you think?
Ahhhh, the beach. What a great place to listen to nature, to be still, to regain your balance. One thing that's great about technology is that we can take a dozen books to the beach in a kindle or mini-ipad and read them ALL without lugging a dozen books in the beach bag. Summer is finally here, and I'm headed to the beach. Where are you headed? The mountains? The lake? The back porch? Where ever you are going, hope you find balance, harmony, and peace for the summer.
Being FLIPPED doesn't mean that we leave behind all the classics and beautiful words that have been written in the past. Rather, it means that we are privileged to share those words with kids who've never heard them before! By using a medium that kids are familiar with, we can make the words come alive, make them sing and soar. How exciting is that? This is a great time to be a teacher, and I'm so glad I'm part of it. Whether it's Shakespeare or Jane Austen, Kathryn Anne Porter or Mark Twain, this promises to be fun, fast, and fabulous - can you feel it?!?