Thursday, September 29, 2005

I went to a dinner-meeting educational-thing tonight after work. During a presentation on glioblastoma multiforme (a type of brain cancer) I had an aha moment.

Way back when -- I remember learning to read out of the Tip books, to paraphrase:

See Dick. See Dick run. Run, Dick, run!

(Then Jane and Spot ran, too.)

The presentation came to these words: anaplastic oligodendroglioma

And I saw Dick and Jane run. They methylated all the way home.

It was a neat moment for literacy and comprehension, and reminded me of a time when I was student teaching in metro N'ville. I was helping a third grader learn to read, and when her light bulb clicked on I knew she had figured it out. It was magical.

Something about those ugly, ugly words is magical, too.

It's hope.

1 comment:

Matt said...

You could also say the same thing about ugly, ugly worlds.

At least, I have to believe that this week.

Love and peace to all.