Tuesday, August 24, 2010


08.24.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Our recent rains (misty moisture as I shoot) continue to 'green-up' our trees, lawns and flowers...and weeds! It is expected in our tropical climate, but it always amazes me how fast things grow at this time of the year (especially the weeds).

Growth spurts are evident in student development and learning, as well. There is no direct slope of consistent increase ... nor is the path straight and direct. In fact, it is often so sporadic that it resembles the 'two steps forward and one step back' approach! Inconsistent growth is evidenced in our student's state test results on a fairly regular basis...and still those scores are "the" measurements of learning gains. Wondering how we can incorporate the natural growth spurts into our concept of success? Can we accept that sometimes our attempt to mold or manipulate nature just isn't natural? Mother Nature has her own way of being recognized...and she isn't always predictable! Naples, FL

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