The Coffee Prof.

Beau Larimer

Educator & Writer

Essential Elements of Teaching

Article: How my first podcast began as a student assignment

Good, better, best. Never ever rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.

-Anonymous

“What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.”

-Epictetus


Thought Provoking Quotes

Currently Reading/Watching & Studying

Reading

  • Atomic Habits -James Clear

  • The Sam Dryden & Travis Chase SciFi Thriller Series by Patrick Lee

  • Bullet Journal Method -Carrol Ryder

  • Essentialism

Watching

  • Youtube Videos about Areopress Coffee brewing method

Studying / Developing

  • online teaching and learning

  • note taking

  • coaching the writing process & narrative writing

  • how to annotate & study a mentor text (or other type mentor template or process/skill)

  • habit formation

  • writing a novel - research & planning

Teaching Philosophy

JOHN STEINBECK’s THOUGHTS on TEACHING

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist ---and it might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

“My three [real teachers] had these things in common:

-They all loved what they were doing.

-They did not tell—they catalyzed a burning desire to know.

-Under their influence, the horizons sprung wide and fear went away and the unknown became knowable. But most important of all, the truth, that dangerous stuff, became beautiful and very precious.”

“I shall speak only of my first teacher because, in addition to other things, she brought discovery.”

Teaching Mission Statement

My goal is first and foremost to help you become a better person (kind and truthful) and secondly a thoughtful student (a critical/creative thinker who can voice their thoughts clearly, confidently, humbly, and a life long learner skilled at reading purposefully, writing rationally, and inquiring deeply)

"Like Captured Butterflies"

By John Steinbeck

“In her class our speculation ranged the world;

She aroused us to book waving discussions.

She had the noisiest class in school

She breathed curiosity into us

so that every morning we came to her carrying new truths,

new facts,

new ideas - -

Cupped and sheltered in our hand like captured fireflies.

When she went away, a sadness came over us –

but the light did not go out.

She left her signature upon us –

the literature of the teacher who writes on children’s minds.

I’ve had many teachers who taught me soon forgotten things –

But only a few like her – Who created in me a new thing,

a new attitude,

a new hunger.

I suppose to a large extent,

I am the unsigned manuscript of that teacher.

What deathless power lies in the hands of such a person. “