As a runner I covet the finish line. Whether I'm running a hard, fast 5K or a steady half-marathon I always have a surge of relief and joy when the finish line comes into view. I don't think I'm alone in this feeling, I believe most people are thrilled to finish.
Just recently nearly everyone in Michigan had to complete the retirement reform options. This was the online decision on insurance and retirement benefits. In this process there were calculators and projections based on when you would retire. If you are anything like me this got you to thinking. I've been in education for 14 years, I'm planning to be in education for another 15-20 easy. This process did make me think of when I will retire and some of the dreams and goals of retirement. I don't think I was alone in these thoughts.
I was reminded recently to enjoy the ride. This was timely advice for me. Sometimes we get caught up in so much that we forget to enjoy the present. Everyone has busy lives, people are taking graduate classes, going to conferences, attending their own kids events, trying to just keep their head above water, and life seems hectic. These are the moments that people think of the finish line. This is also the time of year that things can be stressful. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, but it can be stressful. People want to get just the right gift, or attend a Holiday party. Time and money become scarce around the holidays. That adds to stress and takes us away from enjoying the ride.
I happen to be lucky enough to have two young boys that remind me of, "the moment". The mentality of youth is living in the moment, as adults sometimes we want them to plan more and "think about the future", but sometimes we should heed their advice and "enjoy the ride".
How does this translate into the classroom? I think of Education in the year 2013 (right around the corner), standardized testing is everywhere and it is definitely HIGH STAKES. Legislators look at the finish line, they don't look at the journey. The only thing that matters is the final score, I say bologna! The journey is what makes us who we are. My college golf coach once told me, "Ben, your score is your score...it's not how much you are worth."
As life gets stressful, as we so often think ahead or project the future I say, enjoy the ride! The day to day journey is what shapes us and makes us who we are.
“Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.” -Santana, C.
Next Week At a Glance:
Monday, Dec. 10th: Santa's Secret Shop Opens
Tuesday, Dec. 11th: NO after school string team practice
Wednesday, Dec. 12th: Grades 3-5 assembly location TBD
Wednesday, Dec. 12th: Last Day of Santa's Secret Shop
Wednesday, Dec. 12th: 2:40 Sam's Club Giveaway (10 min) (meet in Library)
Wednesday, Dec. 12th: Holiday Tea in Boardroom 1:30-4:30
Thursday, Dec. 13th: Fire Drill in the AM
Friday, Dec. 14th: CP Fed. Credit Union Checkbook Presentations
Saturday, Dec. 15th: Breakfast with Santa 8am
Great Things Noticed or Heard:
* Miss Hinkley's class loved the adventure at the YMCA. I heard great stories of reaching the top of the rock wall, fun in the swimming pool, and great games played during the day.
* Impressed with Vanessa's lightning quick spelling skills!
* Enjoyed the snuggle messages I read in Mrs. Smith's class.
* Got mobbed with 9 hugs in Mrs. Moffitt's room.
* The perimeter and area song got stuck in my head in Mrs. Oliver's room.
* Shaving cream spelling in Mrs. King's class. Smelled great and the kids were loving it!
* Fun to watch students creating their own blends in Art. I can't wait to see the Van Gogh.
* Very thankful to our SAU tutors. Most tutors are now on holiday break.
* Can't say enough about Mrs. Powers and Mrs. Rouse, Thursday the office looked more like a med unit. Mrs. Powers and Mrs. Rouse were patient, understanding, and helpful.
Articles Worth Your Time:
Thinking of having your students blog? Check this out - > KidBlog
Get Ready for America's Next Education Crisis by @mikeparent
Are we Wringing the Creativity out of Kids? shared by @MrPowersCMS
Closing textbooks by @Educationweek
10 Tips to Run in the Cold by firstname.lastname@example.org
25 short stories to make you smile by @marcandangel
30 things to STOP doing to yourself by @marcandangel
Videos Worth Watching
This week's staff meeting focused on Video Story Problems: Here is my page on Vimeo. This is really easy, please don't be shy if you are interested. (2 min)
Check out trim.RwZtaY on Vimeo My first "basic" video story problem. If you cannot access go to Vimeo and type in my name, my videos are all public.
Give this video a chance, at first you may not see it. (2 min)
Be Infectious! (3 min)