I’m very much a wanderer. Teaching has brought me to the Canadian arctic, to Thailand, to India and now to Myanmar. I am afflicted by that curiosity to always see the next mountain, next sea, next river and, when I can make it out of the cities, to see the motion of the stars.
As much as I love this quote and have carried it with me for years, I find the applied conclusion unsettling, that wondering and wandering are to separate endeavors. It has been the act of heading out to see the next mountain, the next sea and the next river that has afforded me the wealth of experiences to wonder about. The wandering has been the greatest source for my wondering. I will take Augustine’s quote not as a description of fact, that you wander without wondering, but as a warning or cautionary tale, to not allow oneself to become engrossed in the wandering and let the wondering be set aside.
My wandering comes with me into the classroom. That desire to not use last year’s lesson plans, to aim for a different destination. This blog, the Wandering Teacher is where I will do my wondering, born out of my wandering. It is a place to collect my thoughts, it is an attempt to not pass myself without wondering. It is a place a place to collect and connect my thought on teaching, on the art and the practice of it, into a body of ideas more layered and eventually more evolved.