Learning opportunities everywhere;
opportunities for teaching also.
Every thing is a complete lesson.
Nothing is useless. Yes, nothing at all!
But not everything will serve your purpose.
So, do you now propose to change the world?
Change and meddle, but things go their own way
pushed along by a much more powerful force
that is, you know, really no force at all.
Teach like this and there will be none better.
Not trying, you no longer need to try.
*My original commentary on Chapter 34 can be read here.
Nobody can tell you how language is learned.
Everybody does it; nobody knows how.
If the how were uncovered
the world would be yours.
You would rule, the cosmos.
all things would follow.
There’d be no need for schools.
All would be clear.
Once you start looking for answers, you need to have questions.
Don’t we know enough?
Do we need to ask more?
Not knowing you know, you don’t know how to stop!
Know when to stop; you already know.
Ignorance is knowledge. Not knowing is knowing.
*My original commentary on Chapter 32 can be found here.
If school is a weapon,
against whom is it turned?
Are some weapons needed?
To keep whose peace?
When rules are followed,
what’s left behind?
When your lesson plan works,
what is the price?
When you’re left to teach,
can you learn any more?
What makes a good class?
What makes a class good?
Look closer and see
how each checked box
is carried aloft
on six swaying shoulders.
*My original commentary on Chapter 31 can be found here.
The teacher has authority,
but unless it is revoked
and the teacher becomes a student
the teacher is no good.
We follow our path.
Every question has an answer,
but unless you keep looking for it
while accepting it will never be found,
your answers are no good.
Our path has no end.
Enjoy the respect you deserve,
but unless you understand
that respect is never deserved,
you will never be a teacher.
You knew everything
when you knew nothing.
Know nothing once again.
It contains all that you need.
The greatest teachers teach nothing.
*My original commentary on Chapter 28 can be found here
Before language teachers, there was language.
Present before either the chicken or the egg, language.
Present even before humans, language.
Where did it start? Who can say?
It has been and will be.
So let the world arise from language;
let there be a word and phrase for everything that can be.
Let the teachers try to teach it, but do not be fooled.
Language cannot be taught. It can only be learnt.
When it goes out, it always comes back.
*My original commentary on Chapter 25 can be found here.
To be the very best teacher
you need to follow the path, not build the path.
“But the path isn’t clear!”
True, but look carefully and you’ll see the signs.
“But the signs aren’t obvious.”
True, but they can be seen.
“But not very well! I might be mistaken!”
True, but look again and you won’t be;
look again and the signs become so real
you won’t think twice about trusting them.
And this trust will give you the confidence
that the path is present in every class.
“How do you know this?”
Because I know this.
Original commentary on verse 21 can be found here
Abandon your need for professional development and watch how your troubles will end.
Newly qualified, vastly experienced – where’s the real difference?
The bright and the dull – aren’t they the same?
Do you really aspire to be the best teacher?
What a waste of your time!
Everyone has the answers, but I don’t have any.
I know nothing. Really! I don’t have a clue.
The others are confident, everyone’s bright.
But I doubt everything, there’s no light from me.
Their right turn of phrase and their incisive thought
outshine my dull and confused foolishness.
I continue to drift in all directions and none
while they plan and notate the lessons to come.
They’re so busy! I sit here and wait for my lesson,
drawing strength from my ignorance.
*My original commentary on verse 20 can be found here