IF I could say anything to you, if I was ever asked what I really wanted to say, I would tell you that school matters - but that is NOT what I want you to think of when you look back on this year.
IF I could give you one thing to take away from this year, if I could have just one small thought stick with you for the rest of your life, it would be this. No matter what happens to you, not matter what you do, there is one thing you must always remember: Never give up on your superlatives.
IF I use the word "superlative" in class, if you are all really listening, I'm sure I'd get a lot of questioning looks, maybe a few laughs, but mostly I'd get "superwhat?"
IF I wasn't so worried about the test you have to take at the end of the year, if I didn't feel the weight of your future upon my shoulders, collapsing my limbs and drowning me, if the pressure of "growth data" and "effective teaching" wasn't suffocating me, if fear wasn't convincing me otherwise, I would say the things that really matter.
I would say: "Never give up on your superlatives."
On the drive to teach my 75ish 14-year-old children, I tend to say a rosary. I ask Mary to give me the guidance, obedience, grace, patience etc that I will certainly need through the day. I ask her to please please please tip her finger into their souls and bring them some calm, some joy, some understanding, anything that will help them in my class, in their days, in their lives. Needless to say, it's a very important part of my morning.
Even so, occasionally, I get a little distracted by the breakfast I balance on my lap, the other cars zipping by, the coffee fragrance that drifts into the air, and I don't always focus as much as I should. Typically, I fight through it and get as far as I can, and I beg Mary to forgive my human imperfections. On Tuesday morning (Sorrowful Mysteries), it was different. I had nothing really to distract me. I just couldn't focus. Frustrated, I promised to say a rosary on my way home, and I turned on the radio. After flipping through the stations, I landed on Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," and I'm reminded of Sarah.
Well, here I am. I've graduated college, and now I'm on the other side.
There were so many times this summer when I sat down at my computer, and I tried to decide which part of my life I wanted to write about. SO much has happened this summer between training in Atlanta, celebrating my grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary, moving across state lines, and now training in the school system that I'll be teaching in. So much has happened.
So, I'm going to focus on what happened yesterday. Yesterday, we were asked to write our visions for our students and this school year. What this means in the education field is essentially a sentence or two about why you (and perhaps your students) are there. Essentially is the question: Why am I here?
So I can't connect to the Internet with my picture taking device and I can't take pictures with the device that I can get internet access with...I will keep working to get pictures up sorry for the delay :/
I am sorry that I am a week late, but I spent last weekend in the car / with my family, so I was focusing them.
While I was home, Daniel showed me a TedxUBIWiltz talk by a man named Tai Lopez. He begins by discussing "The Good Life." Everyone wants the good life right? So he discusses his idea of how to get "The Good Life." While Tai's discussion is not religious, you can very easily apply what he has to say about achieving "The Good Life."