In Praise of SlowPosted: January 24, 2012
“Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.”
– Paul Simon
Can we really get more done by slowing down? Sometimes I think we can. I know when conversations slow down we can process ideas in a more thorough fashion. I think we can teach the same way as well.
What’s the point in collecting reams of writing, carting it home, marking it up and repeating the process a day later? What if we just slowed down, provided meaningful, timely feedback and marked work when it was completed to the best of a students ability? Slow down to move ahead faster. Take the first 20 days at the beginning of a school year or a term and work on routines and building student stamina through a Daily 5 type program. It will pay dividends later on.
Sometimes I think we get caught up with doing things too quickly. I don’t know about you, but I seldom do a good job when I’m rushed. When I meet with friends I don’t want race through things. I want to enjoy their company. I probably don’t spend enough time with them anyway. I have one friend who seems to be living life at breakneck speed. I realize that it’s all a matter of perception, but it still gets me a little anxious.