understanding of his material environment. As luck would have it, that is precisely what my students learned to be. (See www.thoreauhouse.org for more information.)
A drawback to this philosophy of learning is the regular question I continue to get: so what are you going to do next? That used to give me pause. I did not want to be the professor of novelty items, but at the same time, I fully recognized the pedagogical value of such innovation. Over the past couple of semesters, I have learned that such anxiety is not warranted. All we have to do is listen to the students, try to create understanding and opportunities for exploration of problems, and they will do the rest. You just have to learn along with them.