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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meditations LVI

From Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations":

“Either teach them better if it be in your power; or if it be not, remember that for this use, to bear with them patiently, was mildness and goodness granted to you.”

I try to keep this in mind as a teacher. Patient forbearance is something I have worked very hard to develop, and I try to exercise it in the classroom. But it can be very challenging. This generation of students can be both hard to teach and hard to bear with, because they live in cocoons of technology, purposefully isolating themselves from outside influences (or at least from the influence of people who are not their technological peers).

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