Friday, August 23, 2013
Seen While Eating Lunch
10:35 a.m., I'm back. The above and below images of the White Alder were chosen to show the male and female cones from last season. They are brown and dry, have done their jobs, and will fall off soon making way for a new crop. The female cones make great miniature pine cones for model railroading and other crafts projects.
First of all, no windows. No wonder students have the urge to play with electronic devices. No windows, to me, represents sensory deprivation, but to architects and pedagogues it may represent a lack of distractions. Hmph! Also, the desks are bolted to the floor in order to accommodate electrical and electronic hookups. Thus, the arrangement of the desks, chairs, podium, etc., is consistent with lecture, a pedagogy in which instructor dominates, and students face in the same direction in order to listen. The arrangement does not lend itself to collaboration. Fortunately, I have a small class, and we will sit in any configuration our imaginations allow. We will collaborate. Might have to step outside once in a while.