It started by pondering the quote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” from Thoreau’s “Walden Pond.” READ ABOUT PREVIOUS PONDERINGS HERE. ……and whilst there is little I can do about the “desperation” part of it, I’ve been chipping away at the “quiet” part.
I had observed verbal greetings between students passing each other on the sidewalks were rare. This seemed empty……so, for a day, I verbally greeted each student I passed.…..then I stopped……back to the silence….which is where the Thoreau thing came in…….and subsequently this experiment.
I have discovered that 50% of students greeted responded with a verbal greeting in return. Of that 50% approximately 60% returned the gesture with the same greeting offered to them, “morning.” …..20% said “good morning.” …..and the remaining 10% were more creative.*