|I had a different day: a visit to Upland Hills School with my old friend Ted. I took an infrared camera to help the students, all 13- and 14-years old, see how their buildings are using energy.
I also had fun sharing the concept of “thinking thermally” with them. This is a presentation I developed showing how our perceptions of the world are biased toward visual light and suggesting there are others ways to perceive the world, in this case, thermally. As is so often the case with middle-school kids, they took to the ideas quickly and easily, and we had great fun together. Here are thermal images of a few of them.
Upland Hills School is a great example of the real power of education based on human needs and self-actualization. Rather than grinding kids down to fit a common mold, this school nurtures their humanity allowing them to discover who they are and how they really fit into life.
Teachers are so important to all of us, especially as we are growing up. While a few have a negative influence and many have little influence, there are almost always a few who challenge us to be the exceptional people we all inherently are. Ted and his colleagues I observed today fit in this latter category. I was impressed with the immense respect they had for the children, a true gift to all of us.
Another young friend, Aaron, recently published a blog this week describing the difference one of his teachers made in his life. He so clearly was moved forward by her inspiring work.
How can we best learn from each other and then turn that into an opportunity to share or teach with others? I know I learned a great deal from this group of kids today!