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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Saturday, August 02, 2008  
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream ...

Yesterday wiped me out! I went back to bed around 1:30 and slept until 9:30 this morning after sleeping over four hours when I got home yesterday evening. I was always extremely tired after the first day and week when school started again in the fall, but this was exhausting after my life of retired leisure.

I had to get up early and spend all day in the classroom with students watching her teach, so I could offer suggestions. For those of you who have never tried it, teaching is a hard job. There are so many things to do at once and so much to pay attention to. It takes a while to find methods that work for you and to make it your own. So I was thinking about what she needed to do and all the things she was doing right and help her find that balance that allows her to teach and students to feel comfortable learning. After almost 40 years of teaching, so many things are second-nature, and I had to think about how to explain this to someone when I'd rather get up there and show her. That's the main thing with student teaching is that time with the supervising teacher to see how they teach, manage the classroom, motivate, discipline, manage time, give assignments, and on and on. Then they ease into it with supervision and are on their own eventually but still with that teacher to help them. I have to help her with this while she's on the job, and I want her to stay and continue to teach because I think she will be good at it.

Anyway, I'm still tired! What a wimp I am! I go back Monday and Tuesday to help her some more and hope I toughen up enough to stay awake a while after I get home.

10:39:00 AM

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