Happy Solstice

June 21, 2011 § 12 Comments

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them.”
Galileo Galilei

I suspect I was snoring before I’d even made it back to bed. If only for the briefest of moments, I had welcomed the sun on this, its most glorious day as it peeped above the eastern skyline. Ceci and Gret, Rick and Cintia, and all those others standing upside-down, they’ll be saying thank goodness, the winter is turned, but for those of us facing the right way up, the longest day sure does start early.

I once taught the most un-Dogme of lessons. I suppose it was CLIL. They hadn’t asked for it, it was not even on their horizon, so to speak, but be blowed with exercise 4, an orange and a head were all that were required to elaborate Copernicus and Galileo Galilei. Homework, with access to the fruit bowl, ask your mum and dad why we have seasons.

For eons, astronomers did exceedingly well at plotting the tortured paths the planets must travel in their geocentric universe. If you place the wrong thing at the centre, expect trouble. Put the learners there, and we all shine.

Have you ever done that activity where learners must, amongst other things, draw a sun? It’s in an EFL activity book with a dark blue cover, and there’s this psychology experiment where the sun represents the image you have of yourself. It’s funny! Give it a go. That could be my PLN challenge, except that I’ve got another one waiting in the wings.

The arrival of the new plant maker, just a couple of weeks away now, holds great excitement and expectation for me. I’ve always felt like a monk of the middle ages, carefully crafting and compiling works of art for others to behold. But the modern age resists, and demands more, Lord grant me patience, and grant it me now. We live in a heliocentric universe where we are all masters of our own fate, designers of our own destinies, and hey, growers of our own language plants.

Happy solstice, sun gazers.

“Yeah we all shine on,
like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”
John Lennon

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