|This is a picture of my beautiful child Tobias with the one and only Mickey Mouse. We don't have an ugly child, which the first sentence might imply, or a less beautiful child. We just have the one, and only. Of course, my wife would tell you that he's not really my child, but, rather, he is her child. I understand this, becuase she's told me more than once that she loves him more than me. I might feel the same, about her though, not me. It's hard to really know what it means to love some one person more than some other person, especially when the choice is between wife and child. This was taken not at Disneyland itself, but across the way at California Adventure. As any parent can tell you, the most fun that you'll have at Disneyland, or any thing like it, is watching your kid have fun.
Some of the nice things Rachel lets me do with Tobias, besides going to Disneyland, include riding bicycles, though he still is reluctant to go more than a couple miles on his mountain bike, and on paved trails for the most part. She also lets me read to him at night, help him practice piano, do jigsaw puzzles and other father and son stuff. I get kinda short with him sometimes, especially when we spend tons of time together day-in and day-out, but I can't help but love the little bugger.
So, what does an adult have to say about Disneyland? Well, the coolest part was watching Tobias. Each morning as we entered the park, he was actually skipping along the sidewalk. Skipping. If you have a child, you know the sensation of watching them skip. If you don't, just wait and keep in mind that it's something to look forward to. If you're never going to have kids, I don't know what to say. Try it with a niece or nephew and multiple the enjoyment factor by infinity, give or take a billion. It's cool.
Here's a top and bottom ten for the last few days:
Eggen's two lead paragraphs:
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While on my last two rides, I've been thinking about the rides I want to do this spring and summer. Thinking about these rides is the best way to not think about how cold my toes are getting (and, as I noted in an earlier post, wool socks and shoe covers only work so well when it's in the 20'sF). The rides are fairly well spaced out over the calendar and should give me plenty of time and motivation to train. Here are the bigs ones, in chronological order, as near as I can figure it out anyway:
Student centeredness could be seen to harken back to John Dewey's educative experience (from his book Education and Experience, or, since I never get it right, Experience and Education), which, in short, says that if any educational experience is to be, in his word, educative, then it must foster further learning. The focus on student centered has given us the derisive "sage on the stage" (the person who knows a lot passing along the information and knowledge they have to the person who knows a good bit less) and the "guide on the side" (the person, as teacher, who is a learner among learners). Certainly both of these notions carry some validity. If I don't know more than my students, I can't very well teach them much, can I? At the same time, if I'm not learning something either from (which does happen) or while 9which also happens, or else I get pretty bored with my work) working with my students, then I'm not particularly aware of what is or isn't working with the my teaching and their learning.