We had a mock state assessments today while 7th and 8th graders took their actual tests in another part of the building. For about 5+ hours, we were stuck in a room together, trying to be silent as blind mice.
After lunch, though, we jailed convicts were released (thanks, Texas) to walk the track.
We walked out the nearest door — our front entrance — and walked the sidewalk along the front of our building. Kids were calm and almost near-meditative as they walked with their blinked at the early-afternoon sun. The spring warmth nearly put me to sleep as I walked.
I didn’t have sunglasses, so I slowly made my way, head down, eyes half-closed, as I followed my kids. Then I saw something surprising. Two curbs — what would frame a small road — jutted out from beneath a hard edge of the building. I’d found what must have been an old driveway when the building’d been build 30+ years ago. I’d heard they’d added on, but this was the first time I witnessed a remnant from years past.
I felt excited — like I’d just witnessed something extraordinary.
Two, actually. First was the driveway, but the second was naming what I’d long suspected about myself: I like discovering architecture additions.
This .. charm that add-ons to buildings has over me .. must be called something. But it’s something I look for almost every time I enter an old building. I didn’t grow up around architects. I never owned or traversed any old buildings other than those near our State Capitol.. and I wonder what in my past defined my interest in looking up as I cross the threshold of a building long created.
Is it the additions of my own mind I’m considering? The layering of my own mind over time I am subconsciously searching for?
Is it the site of original thinking I’m looking for in other people? Maybe in my own students? Am I looking for the perfect spot in the mind of a student, where I can help attach new discovery, new understanding through my own teaching?
I have to think about this.. and I’ll add on this.. Soon.
When does one ever have the chance to discover a road beneath your building?