by Dr. Stuart Grauer on November 20, 2013. Reposted from Dr. Stuart Grauer’s Blog.
“The first phase [of Galactic Civilization] is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?” ― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Sophie and Sean P dropped by my office so we could plan an Expedition for the spring. I was scarfing down a baked potato, hardly chewing so I could get the eating over with and be fully present at the meeting. It was exciting as we began envisioning and developing all the possibilities for this trip. A theme emerged: rustic! This was the genuine birth of an expedition, and it was like writing a song with a band or playing a group game of some kind. It was chemistry. This would surely be an expedition students would never forget. I know Morgan was feeling the same way across the quad, eating lunch while warming up his robotics team for the following night’s big tournament.
At 12:32, I realized I was just late for my next meeting, so the three of us set a follow-up for next Thursday, lunch. Leaving, I said to these two teachers, “You didn’t eat lunch.”
“I’ll take a bite here or there,” Sophie said. Sean nodded.
Walking to my next meeting on the other side of the quad, Brendan, passing me with his giant strides said, “Stuart, could you cover my study hall just for a minute so I can microwave my tamales?”
“Sure,” I said. “What happened to lunchtime?”
He replied with his big smile, “I was working over lunchtime to develop an honors project with one of my students.”
This is pretty much all you might need to know if you are thinking about going into teaching. This is how we know the best teachers are the dreamers.
Later I saw our great principal, Dana, giving a tour to some visitors from another school who were clearly enthralled with The Grauer School. What an honor! Now I was curious, though. “Dana, did you get lunch?” I wanted to know.
“Really?” I probed further. “When?”
“I got a bite earlier while meeting with the ASB.” Big smile. Who lives better than us!
Natalie E. and Kalina Q. with a Pakistani vendor at our Great Conversations screening of “Girl Rising,” one of the best attended events in the history of the school!