When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
By Walt Whitman
When I hear the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figure, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wonder'd off by myself,
in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
June 18th and 19th there will be a Voices From the Land Workshop held in South Haven, Michigan at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum. I can't wait! The folks from the Monarch Teacher's Network are coming to lead this workshop and it is sure to please those of us who believe that learning is about inspiration, creativity and making connections with the world around us to foster a lifelong love for learning and for this amazing planet earth that we call home.
Those who attend will be taught specifics on generating and inspiring writing, working in collaboration, embedding math and science skills and using internet publishing applications. Ultimately, the workshop's goal is to not only foster listening to the land, but also to the voice and gifts of each individual through a hands-on, integrated outdoor learning experience. And what could be better than that?
If you are interested in joining us on this adventure into nature and learning, contact Brian Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org. or check it out on the Monarch Teacher's Network ( http://www.eirc.org/programs-services/global-connection/monarch-teacher-network/voices-from-the-land/ ) This conference not only includes inspiration and joy, it also includes a catered lunch on Thursday and continuing education credits!
"How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick [of high stakes testing]
Till rising and gliding out I wonder'd off [to the Voices Workshop!]..."
Consider joining us for two days of educational joy and great fun! It takes a village to raise our children. Let's make sure that village includes Voices from the Land!
Peace and Love