Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another lesson from the garden

Spring has sprung around here.  New plants are growing, but this also means there is a lot of clean up to do. Cleaning out of the old plants must happen for the new to grow. This is the same in life - sometimes if we want to try new things, we must clear out old ideas that get in the way.  If we allow the old to protect the new little plants, it shelters them from the cold for a while.  After time though, the old must go for the new to grow.

What sort of cleaning out of ideas or practices are you going to let go so that new ones can grow?


  1. I really like your analogy about planting new plants and clearing out the old to bring in the new. I will be asking myself daily what can I do to clean out the old and bring in the new! Thank you for this post!

    Kaitlin Boatman
    EDM 310
    University of South Alabama

  2. Hey Ms. Goerend,

    My name is Susie Salter, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. This post was very interesting. I like how you compared life to changes in the season and plants. When you mentioned getting rid of the old to be able to bring in the new, I automatically thought of my closet. I am a self-proclaimed shopaholic, and I really need to get rid of some old fashion to make room for new stuff. This concept also works with ideas. We has to get rid of certain biases we have in order to accept new ideas.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts,
    Susie Salter

  3. Mrs. Goerend,

    I found this post to be very insightful. I am in agreement with you about throwing out the old and putting in the new. I found that out when I was working at a DayCare this past summer. In order for these children to grow they need new ways to learn. My idea for the three year olds to learn the alphabet is for me to show them what the letter is and then have them sing it to me and the entire class. This is an easy and fun way to learn the alphabet. Thanks for posting! You can follow me on Twitter

    Alecia Baxter
    University of South Alabama

  4. Mrs. Goerend,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama and I found your post to be very beneficial for teachers everywhere. I do agree that a person should clean out the old before putting in the new. It reminds me of transition times because it is the when most teachers are helping the children move on from the old to enter into the new. In most cases it is the only time a teacher is able to get the students to focus on the next activity. Thanks so much for your post because it helped me to see even more how important transition time is for children.

  5. Mrs. Goerend,
    I enjoyed this post a great deal. It does cause some reflection and make me think of ways I can improve myself, especially as it relates to school. I could definitely benefit from "cleaning out" some of my old study habits and bringing in some new ones. Thank you for this post.

    Josh Adkison
    EDM 310 South Alabama