Charlie Brown’s Teacher

September 27, 2016, Prescott- I was handed an ad hoc lesson, on Newton’s First 3 Laws of Physics, and told to teach it, just after lunch today.  We watched two videos on the topic, one a simple cartoon and the other, a more detailed, but still well-illustrated, presentation.

Afterward, the discussion portion revealed that the students had grasped the basic points, but had not internalized the sequence of the Laws.  We arrived at the order in which the Laws are considered, by considering Cause and Effect.

Another aspect which was noted was the way that people are resistant to change, the same way that living things tend to seek familiarity and conservation of energy.  In other words,  Sir Isaac Newton viewed us as essentially lazy.

I am waiting for the first kid to cite Newton’s First Law of Physics as a reason for his/her laziness.  My answer, of course, would be that the resulting grades would be subject to the Law of Gravity.

I was struck by the way, though, that the students paid closer attention to my presentation than they often do to the lead teacher, who has herself raised the whole “WAA, WAA. WAA”, heard by the kids in the “Peanuts” series of feature-length cartoons.

It occurs to me that people rise to expectations- something Newton never addressed, but Charles Schulz did.

7 thoughts on “Charlie Brown’s Teacher

  1. So funny. We all tend to want to use gravity as an excuse, I guess. But we have to get off our pleasant sleeping places and seats if we want to thrive and not just survive! Happy teaching! 🙂


  2. Teachers are more comfortable with certain subjects than others. The teacher’s comfort level is evident to the students, even if teacher doesn’t want to admit that.
    I think that’s why I’m teaching the math this year.
    Nice job with Newton.


    • Funny, but I have not been comfortable with science or math, until recently. Social studies is more my forte, but I have a tendency to be wonky, when teaching in that area. Reading is where I get more animated.


  3. I asked where a pitcher went. I promptly got a diatribe on how I’m over forty and should figure it out. It would seem if it doesn’t LOOK obvious to ask is to insult. I was trying once upon a time to read braille and was stuck on the letter k and thus was told to stop materbating with the dots and read. I still 25 years later can not read a lick of braille. the dishes are achieved with a clean counter and sink which meant doing them three times. the dishwasher’s the handwashing of the second load, and then reloading the dishwasher and starting it after cleaning the counters as the empty sink’s the point. just as a wrinkle in a shirt means laziness poverty and a bad attitude, i see so well to learn these lessons quite slowly and through the help of what’s wrong with me to figure out where a pitcher actually goes. i’m gld I know. I am thus saying i wouldn’t have gotten your pun then or perhaps even now unless you told me ;)…and now you know I can complete a load of dishes…clap if you think some sarcasm is in order.


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