Last week, I talked about creating space for myself as part of my One Little Word challenge for the year.
Funny how that works.
Let me explain.
Yesterday, in my third-grade class, our lesson went completely, totally, 100% around the corner and off the tracks. We were supposed to spend our time reading Greek mythology, learning about the Olympian gods and goddesses. We were supposed to be going through the stories and taking notes on what we’re learning, questions we have and what we want to share.
And then someone started a conversation about Hades.
And then I mentioned Hades’s Roman name was given to the planet Pluto, that cold, dark unknown place.
And then we started talking about the other planet names.
And then we started talking about one culture taking over another.
And then we started talking about astronomy, and planets, and discovery.
And then we started in on how knowledge has built up over thousands and thousands of years, from the ancients right on up.
And then we talked about how our knowledge – ALL of our knowledge – stands on the shoulders of those who came before us.
And then we started in on the idea, often attributed to Aristotle: “the more you know, the more you know you DON’T know.”
And we used the example of sitting, then standing, or standing on the roof, or on a mountain top, as a way to gather more sight, more perspective.
And that led us to Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s “The Most Astounding Fact.“
And that led us to Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot.“
And that led us to the revised video of the Eames’s “Powers of Ten.“
And friends, their third-grade minds have been stretched, and pulled, and blown.
Space. We discussed LITERAL space, spacetime. And together, we held the space and took the time to allow this conversation to occur.
And I regret none of it.
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