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The Ecological Heart of Teaching

Radical Tales of Refuge and Renewal for Classrooms and Communities


Edited By Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

The Ecological Heart of Teaching is a collection of writings by teachers about their life in classrooms. Reflecting over three years of collective work, it illustrates how teachers, parents, and students can avoid some of the distractions and panic endemic to many schools, allowing them to focus thoughtfully on rigorous, beautiful work. It draws on ecological thinking, Buddhism, and hermeneutics to provide deeper, richer, and more abundant sources for teaching, thinking, and practice, and shows how these three lineages provide keys to decode the current malaise that surrounds schooling. The book will be valuable to beginning and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as to parents and anyone involved in stepping away from the exhausting industrial images and ideas that have turned schooling into an ecological and intellectual disaster. For those interested in interpretive research and life-writing, the book provides a wide array of examples; it is a valuable resource for undergraduate classes in curriculum and teaching, as well as graduate research methods courses interested in new forms of thinking and writing.
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Chapter Sixty-Two: Interview With the Gym Hall Water Fountain


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Interview WITH THE Gym Hall Water Fountain


Ian Walsh: Thanks for taking the time; I know you have a long day ahead of you.

Gym Hall Water Fountain: I sure do, the Gym class is into a pretty serious dodge ball tournament right now so I am running ‘fast and cold,’ as they say.

IW: I know you don’t get a lot of attention; you are often assumed to be around somewhere or lumped in with the bathrooms. Does that bother you?

GHWF: It is true, but we are not show-off types; we like to do our job and stay quiet. No loud flushes, no automation, just a nicely arcing stream of what you need when you need it.

IW: Besides providing water on demand, what does your day consist of?

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