One of the first things I did upon moving into my new home last year was positioning my bird-feeders in the back yard so that I could watch the birds feasting on the black thistle and seed that I provided for them. During the spring and summer months those bird-feeders are the happening hot spot that all the cool birds wish they had room to perch upon. I love sitting and watching them battle it out for the prime location at which to peck and chirp.
However, as the months grew colder fewer and fewer birds frequented my feeders and soon I was not able to see any at all. Then came the snow and it snowed and snowed and snowed. The 14″ of snow in two weeks we received in two separate storms may seem like nothing to some but for where I live, it was substantial. I was out of school with more time to watch my empty feeders. But wait…were those birds I see. The once depressingly empty feeders were packed as if under new management.
I watched as a varied assortment of birds all chirped happily and shared at the joys of food in a white covered world. And then it hit me…they came because I finally had something they needed that they could not get anywhere else. Being a teacher, the analogy hit me in the back of the head much like a Gibbs to Dinozzo head shot. Students would be more excited about the seeds of learning if those seeds were something they needed when they needed them.
Watching birds I realized that I needed to work harder to strive to make my lessons more relevant to the needs of the students. The “when they need” is different for each student with students on differing levels and perhaps not even on the same feeder. I need to feed my students with those things that quench their hunger and satisfy their minds.
I hope to perpetuate a community of learners that are eager to return time and time again to see what seed is available for them this time. My challenge is make sure it is the right seed.