"It's Not What You Look At That Matters, It's What You See"



I saw this moth on the window of Building A1.  (I know!  Another moth picture???!!!  By the way, Ms. Miller's entomology consultant identified yesterday's moth as a pink oak worm moth.  He said that it held on to the outdoor cabinet with hooked claws at the end of every set of legs.  Thanks, Ms. Miller!  Great stuff!  Another by the way:  Ms. Miller invited that consultant onto the campus last year. That's part of my vision.  I would love to have scientists, environmentalists, agriculturalists, farmers, botanists, local and artists on our campus regularly and for our students to go out into our community to do service learning projects with these professionals.)   

The first picture is from the outside and the second picture is from inside.  Seeing things from different perspectives is good.  Needed.  Wise. 

No sooner did I turn to walk away from taking the second picture, that a bird came and swiped the moth from the window in its beak, flew to the ground, and began to overpower it.  The moth battled valiantly, but to no avail.  Another bird dove down to steal it, also to no avail.  The predator bird would not be denied!  It flew off to a secluded place with its prize catch.  See!  Birds don't only eat worms! 

How did I become privy to such action?  I made it a priority.  Thoreau wrote, "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."   I was outside to not only take a leisurely walk, but to SEE something.  As you think about how you will integrate the natural world in teaching and learning in the year ahead, think about how you will not only look, but also see, and how you will lead your students to do the same.  Think about how you will make it a priority.  It will impact you, your teaching, your students, and their learning.  

Do you believe that?  Do you really believe that nature learning and learning in place can significantly impact student achievement?  If you do, great!  If you're not convinced, we need to talk!  And I really mean that.  Not in the sense of "You're in trouble!".  Not at all!  I want to hear your concerns and questions and be able to dialogue as professionals.  I sincerely invite you to do that if that's where you find yourself today.  

Remember my challenge:  Look for 2 or 3 things tomorrow in the natural world and spend a minute or so observing each one.  Then do it the next day and the next day, etc.  Let's see what happens.  Share with me if you feel like.  I'd love to hear from you.