[I'm not as good at creating inspiring DB posts as herappleness! is, but here goes!]
What experiences have you had where the logical thing to do turns out to be impractical and the seemingly illogical thing surprisingly turns out to be practical?
Hey, kp!! Thanks for the shout out!! ;)
I think teaching is the testing ground of logical versus illogical and the factory of the unexpected.
One day I remember planning this "fantastic" lesson for my Spanish students. I was going to include colors, sizes, and names of animals to have them build a sentence such as The big zebra is black and white.
Easy does it, right? Wrong.
That particular day the kids just couldn't agree with liking the lesson as much as I did, and they just began to take flash cards and play with them, making sentences as they go.
I was so frustrated. I had it so much easier for them....but I forgot the essential part of the lesson: The students were ready for their next level of developmental academic challenge. Maybe in my insistence that they did not know enough I was hindering their learning process. That was pretty silly of me.
Great example, literaturenerd - I also need to be "hands-on" when I see a student in tears, particularly when in my situation that means a vulnerable seventh grade girl who's just lost her first "true love" or had yet another fight with her "BFF"!
On a personal basis, one of the more illogical things my husband and I ever did was to purchase a 1988 VW camper in 2003, when it was already 15 years old. Eight years later, the VW is still running but definitely has become a money pit as we make yearly payments to the mechanic who is spending more and more time searching for parts to keep it going. However, we love traveling in it, love showing it to others in the campgrounds, love the unique outlook on our world that immediately infects our perspectives when we get into those bucket seats and start the ignition...
I agree with post #7. Logic IS overrated. I remember a professor telling me that he was worried about me as a teacher because I wore my heart on my sleeve. This never concerned me. The truth is, I feel like I am the same person whether I have on my teacher hat, parent hat, or human being hat. Logically, it is not right to hug a student given the tumultuous times and negative media attention against teachers. Too many people see this as inappropriate. So, I do not even think logically when I see a student crying and approach them to see what is wrong, try to help them out, or comfort them in a time of loss. Logically, I should be worried about negativity, but I am far more concerned with the practical- being a human being over all else.
Logic is overrated, if you ask me, but that may be the unconventional English teacher speaking in me! I think for me one of the biggest decisions that I made that was definitely not logical was quitting my job where I was respected and was due to "inherit" the position of my line manager when she retired to go and teach in Bolivia in an International School. There was no logic in the decision at all, as it involved exchanging financial stability for something much more precarious. However, coming here has been one of the best things I have done in my life, and although it has not been easy, it is an experience that I will never regret and would easily trade financial stability for in a heartbeat.
This is a great topic for teachers because we all have watched some pretty interesting happenings in school districts.
One such occurance for me has been watching the shift from having a prep period every day for high school and middle school teachers move to a prep period every other day. The logical reason for this was to keep class sizes down because we can't hire any more teachers. (Thus every teacher teaches one more section with no pay raise) However, it is impractical to expect a teacher to teach all day without the time to grade, copy, plan or get a new cup of coffee.
I hope the smaller class sizes prove to be a blessing in disguise. Maybe it will force a little more collaboration on the part of teachers. I guess this post is a to be continued one as the result is yet to come. :)
An expected or desirable outcome for a logical choice is dependent upon all subsequent actors acting in a logical and predictable manner and/ or all subsequent events occurring in a logical and predictable way. To me, this is reminiscent of the lesson of The Giver. It is not simply conformity that can suck all the joy out of life, but also logic. In the first part of my life, I followed a logical trajectory which did not make me particularly happy, but changing careers and falling in love in spectacularly impractical ways has lightened my heart as I could never have imagined, much less predicted. I think sometimes of the title of C.S. Lewis's book on his marriage, Surprised by Joy. That sums it up pretty well for me.
I guess the most illogical thing I've ever done that ended up being the right thing (not sure if it was/is practical) was getting married when I was 20. It seemed awfully young to get married and it seemed as if we were being rash. But we felt like we were ready (I suppose, though, that the fact that I didn't tell most people I knew that it was happening might have been an indication that I wasn't ready.) and my parents *really* wanted us to get married so that we wouldn't be living in sin. Anyway, 21 years later, so far so good...
It sure seems that no matter how logical an idea or action may seem, the final result doesn't always turn out the way you would expect it to. Even rarer, however, does the illogical prove to be practical. It's tough to think of even one time when an impractical act proved to be beneficial. However, I do remember once when I spent what was nearly my last $50 on a piece of art at an auction. I knew nothing about the artist, but I thought the quality of the work was high. After doing some research, I found that the artist was renowned for her drawings of Scottish terriers (the subject of the purchase). I listed it on eBay, and a buyer paid nearly $1000 for it. If only all illogical decisions proved so financially rewarding.