Running

3 Mar
Photo credit: Danielle Walquist Lynch, via Flickr

Photo credit: Danielle Walquist Lynch, via Flickr

This morning, I woke up before the sun came up. I got dressed, put on my running shoes, and drove to Seattle Center. Then, I voluntarily ran 3.1 miles.

This is not something I ever thought I would do. Running seemed pointless. I didn’t understand why people would force themselves to do something so unpleasant. However, before I even finished the race, I found myself wondering when I would have a chance to do it again.

I ran with several of my friends from my teaching program, and since education is pretty much the only thing I think about at the moment, I very quickly began making connections between running and teaching, running and learning, running and the education system… You get the point

Learning: Many students think reading or math (or any other subject) is boring, pointless, and unpleasant. It may be painful at first. You may stumble. You may fall. But if you keep getting back up, and trying – you will get there.

Teaching: I was lucky enough to have awesome friends pushing me and keeping me going.I used iPhone apps and GPS trackers to motivate myself. As teachers, we have to either be those motivators, or find what works for our students. Sitting next to them giving encouragement, or finding a program that helps them learn – there are many paths to success, but all paths need support.

Education: Ten Thousand people showed up for this race. TEN THOUSAND. If ten thousand people can get up before 6am on a Sunday, park, gather, and run a carefully organized race course, then why can’t we make schools better? What can we learn from this?

shoes

The most important lesson I learned – don’t give up. When I started training, I couldn’t run a mile. Now, I can run 3. It feels great!

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3 Responses to “Running”

  1. teachingsparkle March 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    I so wish I could have joined in on this experience! It sounded like you all had a great time, and running, like many other things is a great time to reflect. I’m so happy you made such great connections between running and learning and running and teaching! We have learned to reflect well, and you show it proudly!

  2. teacherpostscript March 5, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    “since education is pretty much the only thing I think about at the moment, I very quickly began making connections between running and teaching” first, HA.

    Seriously, 10 thousand people? That’s amazing. What if there was some kind of run for education. And what if we started it.

    You guys almost have me convinced to pay people to run 3.1 miles. Maybe the next one? (which one are you guys doing next?)

    • teacherbecoming2013 March 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      I am probably going to run the St Patrick’s Day Dash, and after that I’m not sure… hopefully something soon, I seem to have caught the running bug!

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