#72 spring pruning

072/365 spring pruning, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It’s the time to start preparing your yard and garden for approaching spring growing season. Sometimes we slightly disagree with our neighbours about how much to control and tame our surroundings (we live in a 4-family rowhouse). We wouldn’t mind seeing some more freely and wildly growing plants around us, but in a controlled town environment apparently it is not acceptable. After all, what would passers-by think? So, a lot of branches were cut off in the hope of encouraging controlled regrowth of the bushes and trees. And I’ve got to admit that maybe getting rid of some of the dead branches will actually be beneficial.

Makes me wonder how often we teachers stump our students’ learning curves by insisting on uniform learning outcomes from all. What would happen if we let students grow and learn in a less controlled fashion? Chaos, mess, disapproval from other people? Or is it necessary and helpful to interfere by discouraging ineffective learning methods to enhance student learning?


5 Responses to “#72 spring pruning”

  1. March 14, 2010 at 05:53

    Sinikka, what is a row house? Is it a house with 4 separate living spaces in a row? I would feel strange having to agree with neighbours about shared garden. In fact, neither of our neighbours are talking to us – one side after their massive 100 year old gum tree (eucalypt) fell onto our block, and they refused to pay for damage, and the other side after they bullied us into replaced our very old adjoining fence and paying for most of it. I’m glad to have control over my own yard and what grows in it.

  2. 2 sinikka
    March 14, 2010 at 10:17

    Oh, a row house would be called a terraced house in Britain. It is basically one row-like building with separate homes for usually 4-8 families. The residents elect a board to manage joint affairs – maintenance, gardening etc. and once a year there is an AGM for everybody to attend to discuss joint matters. Obviously it depends on the personalities who happen to live in the same building, but the norm seems to be that there is usually one or two very strong ones who use this opportunity to exert their (possibly limited elsewhere!) power on others. So sorry to hear about your problems with your neighbours! Sounds very much what goes on here, but inside the same yard – makes it even more of a challenge. Next door people even walk into our garden to inspect everything and then remind us of what needs to be pruned and tidied!

  3. March 15, 2010 at 22:57

    Maybe letting students out of the box would increase creativity and curiosity. As to nosy neighbours – I think it would push me to exert my individuality 🙂

  4. March 16, 2010 at 08:30

    It is certainly true that the old school system is quite a small box that students are squeezed into for so many years. Sometimes I wonder if it will ever change…

  5. March 16, 2010 at 08:50

    At school I feel as if I’m living in a row house (about 100 across) and have no power but must tolerate pushy neighbours!

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