I lost my focus on reflection at some point recently. Maybe life started moving too quickly. I now have a 2.5 year old daughter since the last time I wrote on this blog, and she alternately makes things incredibly busy and painfully slow. (Guess which happens when she insists on putting on her own pajamas? If Einstein had any questions about space-time he should have checked into what happens when a toddler gets herself ready for bed.)
I got a little calendar/journal to use this year to help with more inane goals, like eating more vegetables and exercising. But what should I do to for the STEM side of my brain, where I want to cultivate understanding, curiosity, and imagination? I thought I was feeding it enough through books; even when things have been incredibly busy I carve out time for reading. Yet again, however, my Einstein bobble-finger reminds me "any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." Ouch. But if I'm honest with myself, lazy thinking is the thinking I've been doing lately. My brain has a lot of input, but not a lot of output. And even if the input is a great book or documentary, the output seems to be stuck at "what's for dinner?" and "are we out of milk?"
I've been thinking the problem was not enough input, so I've been trying to focus more on saying up to date in my professional reading and putting the mysteries to the side every now and then to read more non-fiction. Thanks, Einstein, for showing me that my issue is a lack of concentrated time for thinking, not for absorbing more information. I'm hoping you'll find in this blog this year some tools to help you and your students not only with STEM input, but STEM output as well. Turns out we need both in order to be curious and creative problem solvers.