Dear Tanja,wrote...."Please do send more - do you have something which is a bit longer but similarly insightful? .... Sth like 250 words?"

So here is another story with 206 words...again about a butterfly, I think that butterflies are a symbol of change..sth. to think about.

The Lesson of the Butterfly

A man looked at a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared on the cocoon.
The man sat and watched for a few hours at the butterfly and the efforts it made to let its body through that little opening.
Suddenly, the butterfly stopped advancing.
It seemed to be moving as it could and could not move anymore, so the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily, but his body was withered and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch, expecting that at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and will be deployed - and thus they will support the butterfly's body.
But it did not happen! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shriveled wings.
He never was able to fly.
The man, who thought to help with his grace and goodness, did not understand that the cocoon was compressed and the butterfly struggled to get out, were the process that drives fluid from the butterfly's body into its wings so he could fly once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.How do you as a teacher help your Ss in their struggles?
Thank you,


Thank you for taking the time to post this inspirational story. This story is I guess a reminder of the importance of challenging rather than spoonfeeding our students. Same with bringing up our kids. Striking the balance...Easier said than done:)

Dear tanja, you are absolutly right, but step by step, and in very small steps, 2 forward and one backwards, this is ongoing process within a change.
Like teaching...
First things first...
Patience my dear friends, patience.
Thank you for reminding me all about it,

It seems as if Sharona has written her story only for Tanja and they do not want anybody to interfere with their conversation, but I can't help writing a comment on Sharona's story. She has touched the most important question of pedagogy: teaching to learn. Many teachers are engaged in tutoring work. They give private lessons to the school leavers who want to continue their lessons at universities. They give them the ready made answers to a lot of difficult questions and in this way they "kill" the future scientists, scholars and inventors.

Dear Yura, you are welcome to come in...any time and always....
I was addressing tanja since she replied BUT the blog is open to everyone and I am very happy to see you too.
I agree with what you've said.
thank you for participating in this post,

Hi Sharona, thanks for the story. I agree with both our colleagues, Tanja and Yura, and would like to add another interpretation of the butterfly.
I couldn't avoid seeing my students in the butterfly, who were forced to go to school earlier than they should have. This happens too often in my school as in Croatia it's up to parents. Though there is a group of experts including a doctor, a pedagogue, a psychologist, a teacher who "test" the child, the parents have the last word in it, unless the child has some major dissabilities.
The time stolen from these children is unreversable and the consequences...too many.

everything is being done too soon.
Our kids are growing older too fast but without getting the real tools to face and deal with the challenges of life.
Thank you for another point of view,

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