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This is why I never miss teaching...
Old 10-21-2020, 01:39 PM
 
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My phone dinged at 12:15 AM today. It was my Ghanaian Friendship Family kid (Dartmouth student...he’s a senior this year) asking if I could look over his chemistry homework and help him with buffer problems. ( I judiciously waited till 5 am, when I knew he would be asleep, to reply.)

We chatted briefly about the assignment while I was grocery shopping. Got home and found a listserv email from a homeschool mom who was looking for black walnuts for her middle school boy who wants to dye some fabric for a project. I have some in my yard that need to be picked up, so the boy will be stopping by on his bike on his way home from cross country practice. I will provide gloves, a bucket, and a bag for transporting said walnuts, as well as some safety suggestions since the dye bath will be caustic.

Had a Facebook chat with a 5th grade homeschool boy (via his mom) about diversity of climates in Africa. He is on the spectrum and not fond of unexpected changes in weather. I was able to explain that while Africa is diverse as a continent, many locations in Africa have very predictable and pleasant weather...and that near the equator, the sunrise and sunset are the same year round.

Waiting for my chemistry kid to contact me again with his efforts. Meanwhile I am working the problems so I can check his work for errors or missed details...whoops! He just sent me his work! And my walnut boy has arrived on his bike...

I got a nice walk in this morning with my honey and we discussed energy options and which are most environmentally sound.

My mind stays pretty busy these days...I don’t miss teaching at all!


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It sounds like you had a nice day and are still keeping your hand in teaching. I'm glad you had a nice walk with your honey. Enjoy your time together.
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It sounds to me like youíre doing a lot of teaching. Thatís great if itís what you want, but I have a very different perspective. I was done teaching when I retired and now Iím more interested in being a learner.
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Old 10-22-2020, 02:34 AM
 
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Wow! I'm impressed. You have a wide variety of involvement. I enjoy your descriptions. You are a busy retiree
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Amiga, this was an unusually full "teaching" day. It helps keep my mind active, and I love interacting with eager motivated learners (which are the only type I encounter nowadays).

I do agree with you that having time to learn new things is a great perk of retirement. I have been working on Spanish and improving my guitar playing, although I confess to be somewhat undisciplined about it.

My burnout as a teacher was being in charge of stuff. I have been able to say a big NO to being on boards, planning events for the museum, and being in charge of activities at church. I will not teach a class in anything to anybody, because I am the one in charge. I avoid those things at all costs! It makes me happy to let other people be responsible.


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Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your retirement. Your generous nature is so sweet.
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What a busy day! I guess in retirement I am being more of a learner like others. I even sometimes wonder if, what was second nature to me to teach, I would still be able to do!. There are times when I think I would enjoy tutoring a struggling reader under the right circumstances.
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lisa, I hope I didnít sound negative. I admire you. Iím just on the lazier side.
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Amiga, not at all. We all had things about teaching that we were glad to be done with...and things we miss and need to find elsewhere. It would be an interesting discussion to have on the retirement board—what did you love about teaching? What are you willing, or even happy to let go of in retirement? What burned you out?

We are all different. It’s interesting to hear other perspectives.
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Lisa53, it sounds like a wonderful retirement. You are busy helping others and enjoying retirement.
I love that you and your honey went walking discussing energy options. When DH and I go walking we talk about food! I guess that’s a form of energy.



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LaFish, we usually have theological and metaphysical discussions...he is Buddhist and I am Catholic, so thereís plenty of room for talk! Itís amazing how much we actually have in common spiritually. Our discussions are always interesting, even when we talk about food (which we definitely do, too)
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Lisa, I'm also Catholic and my niece is Buddhist. I'm always amazed at how compatible these religions are. Buddhist priests and nuns have come to my parish's Easter vigil service which I think is lovely.
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I'm reading a book THE DELIGHT OF BEING ORDINARY: A ROAD TRIP WITH WITH THE POPE AND DALI LAMA. Very interesting book.
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Irish, we will have to look at that book.

I have been reading some Thomas Merton...a Trappist monk who studied Buddhism extensively.

Lots of common ground, IMO.
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Iíll get the book.

Thomas Merton is revered by my pastor. Merton, along with Dorothy Day, was one of the Americans mentioned by Pope Francis when he was in Philadelphia a few years ago. A most interesting and holy man.
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Wow! You are still really busy teaching....
Old 10-25-2020, 05:37 PM
 
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just not doing the dull parts of it all.
I don't think I'll ever teach again due to the total lack of expectations and discipline in schools around here.
Plus, I love sleeping in until late.
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