Yesterday I was walking around my neighborhood and I noticed these sprouts coming out of the soil. I immediately turned to my partner and said, “Oh look, Maple Tree sprouts! You can tell because they look just like the seeds–the helicopter shaped ones you see in the fall.” But interestingly, I had never actually realized that they looked that way until I said it out loud in that moment. It reminded me that teaching others is often the best way to learn something yourself. I had know what these sprouts were, but never made the connection to how they looked until I was trying to describe it to someone else and, voila! I put the pieces together and learned something new and important about a plant that I thought I already knew quite well.
I’m stuck inside reading and writing today. But if I had to have a stack of books looking me in the face, reminding me of just how much work I still need to do, this would be it. I have to say I love this field! What are your favorite books on nature, exploration, education, or philosophy? Feel free to share! I’m always looking for new ideas and directions to take my research.