the h words

28 Apr

it seems like recently i have come across two terms from two different sources that have resonated with me.  hungry and humble.  both are viewed as admirable qualities in an individual and i can see why.  from a business sense i would certainly want someone who was always willing to ‘get after it’ but also congizant that there are bigger fish than them sometimes.  likewise, i see the same issues with teachers, i want my son to have a teacher who is hungry in terms of  looking to get better in the ways that they focus on getting better.  i also want my child to have a teacher of the mindset that they aren’t the sole proprieter of knowledge in the classroom.  better question, am i both?


Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “the h words

  1. cflores

    April 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I’m convinced it’s possible to live with both of the “h” words. Being “humble” is all about putting others before one’s self- -being “hungry” is understanding that we all have a basic need to learn more and be the best we can be. It’s only when we start to believe “we are the best we can be” that the hunger for learning stops and the desire to put others before ourselves diminishes.

  2. R Sheinberg

    April 29, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Hungry for knowledge makes you humble because you learn how much there is “too” learn. It is exciting to watch someone have that “aha” moment. That quest for learning is within each person and it is the responsibility of each educator to feed that hunger in students. The mind hungry for that information and being fed creates that moment. Yummy!

  3. karen vanek

    May 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Hungy and humble have driven scholars since time immemorial. I think back to Aristotle whose essays always explored thought to such great depth, yet left a door open (in my mind at least) to build, to challenge, to apply his thinking to create fresh ideas and conversations. All good thinkers and teachers live with one foot in each of the path of humility and one hungering for more learning. Our lives are sprinkled with these multi-taskers who lead by example. Unfortunately there are not enough of these kinds of experiences in classrooms to go around. Maybe that’s why we treasure them so when we are gifted to have one as our teacher or even better as the teacher of our children. Although we can’t insure that our children always get this kind of educator, as a parent, leading by example can insure that our children value them and seek to become hungry and humble themselves.


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