This is wild! I was recently having a discussion with another teacher about the
similarities with gardening. One of the other helpful metaphors (for elementary
teachers) is that the plants are kind of in their own world. Not that we’re not
in their world at all and that we don’t relate to them, care about them, lift
them up—but that I think they really just see each other when it comes down
to it. Their social realm is very important to them and it’s kind of alien to
us, which is just how it is.
But I also get the same feeling surveying a lush garden as I do when I step back
and look at the whole class.