Fresh Mind

Posted by Courtney Carmichael at 10/15/2014

John Perricone talks about sho-shin, the Zen approach to looking at life with fresh eyes, with eagerness, without cynicism. According to the Zen Buddhist, Shunryu Suzuki, "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."

Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching

This reminds us that our daily practice can be approached with vigor and awe.  New curriculum, a new year with SGOs, new state mandates, new students, or new colleagues, can help us reexamine our practice with innovation and be reinvigorated.  

During the Closter Professional Development Day, the inspirational Mr. Perricone left the staff with this quote from Brian Johnson, "To teach is to share who you are; to impart the knowledge of all that has informed you with a passion that inspires the disinterested heart to listen, and the reluctant will to learn." May we all experience that passion.