Monday, October 4, 2010

Adventures in Pedagogy: Context Clues

Dawson and I are watching an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the narrator opens with the usual recap of previous happenings.  Towards the end, he says something like:

"...and Anakin Skywalker thwarted the nefarious plot."

So I ask Dawson, "What does nefarious mean?"

"What do you mean, Dad?"

What's nefarious mean?  The guy just said that Anakin thwarted a nefarious plot.

*he thinks for a second*

"Well, it must be really bad because he was talking about the evil scientist."

It never ceases to amaze me how these teachable moments just fall in my lap.  I just have to be paying enough attention to them and take the time to ask a couple of questions.

I wonder how many of them I actually miss, though.

1 comment:

Dan Meyer said...

"I think that's what all stories are about. Every story, whether it understands itself as this or not, is a showing up and, it isn't waiting for the miracle, it's a readying of the spirit to recognize that the miracle is continuous. And that the showing up itself is a miracle."

David Milch, obv, and I have no idea what any of it means but it gets clearer when I swap "story" for "learning."