No, I did not change the topic of this blog from online education to ornithology. This is more like one of these psychological tests in women’s magazines “Which animal are you?”.
Infact, it is a metaphor I made up from a blog post in the Myngle forum about the new visibility of “old” teachers due to the new group lessons and which I wanted to share with you.
As you know, the mascot of Myngle is a parrot. Therefore there are lots of bird related metaphors in the Myngle forum like “mother bird” for the CEO Marina Tognetti or “working for polly parrot’s crackers”.
The post that made me think about “Sparrows vs Falcons” is the following:
Congratulations Marina for the new Top List of courses, a double sword to new teachers. Now the student choice is completely oppressed and determined completely by Myngle.
Recommendations, indications and this lately created list courses this is exactly the situation of mother bird taking last piece of little bread, small bird could pick up and pass it to fat birds. Congratulations for your great job. Maybe new situations would come the next days, more oppressive… who knows!!
I thought a long time about small birds and fat birds. First of all, I am not fat! Secondly I don’t receive extras from Myngle and I don’t think my “fat bird” colleagues do. Au contraire, Myngle has a policy to support new teachers by recommend them to new students.
So after a while I came up with the idea of seeing the different teachers as sparrows and falcons.
Lets have a look at the sparrows first. There are far more sparrows than falcons and they are always in huge groups. When the times are good and there is a lot to eat, you will see thousands of them. The harder the times get, more and more of them disapear. Sparrows hang all day long around on public places and tshirp chat. When there is something to eat all of them jump on it, fight, yell until the most clever sparrow gets the piece and flies away, leaving the other hungry sparrows behind.
Now to the falcons. Falcons hunt alone and they don’t talk a lot. They are very focused on what they hunt and try to spare their strength up to the right moment. Then they attack. Sometimes they miss but most of the time their hunt is rewarded by a nice chunk of meat.
I think I don’t have to go more into detail to express what my point is. In the end, it’s the choice of every teacher if he wants to be a sparrow or a falcon. And before someone comes with the argument: “Teachers should be wise owls!” remember which species owls are ;).
So, what bird are you?