Friday, August 16, 2013

First day of school jitters

There are normally a lot of jittery stomachs the first day of school.  New teacher, new class, new school.  There is an unknown in that.  And then for some students there is total readiness.  But in both cases there is feeling that students like and need.  A feeling that may not be there for the summer.  

It is the knowledge that there is structure.  They know what they are doing during the whole day.  They know what comes first then next and so on.  They know what is expected at school, and for the most part strive to to do.  There is a schedule posted, (hopefully, a good teacher would have one up) which brings comfort to the students.  

As I write this that might be why kids miss school during the summer.  They may not say it, but inside somewhere they do.  Even for us adults we like to know what is going on and when it is taking place.  Kids lose that structure during the summer, (for the most part.)  And more than likely don't have a schedule posted of their summer day.

Are kids ready for school to start?  Maybe more so than adults.  Structure is a big thing.  Just the other day I had a student tell me they were ready for school because of just this reason.  Structure


Monday, July 22, 2013

Sleep or Family

How can it be that you can have all the energy in the world when you are moving and when you sit down you can't stay awake?  Ya that is me.  Trying my hardest to stay awake during church and nothing.  Nothing I do helps.  Church is the worst.  I hate to say it but church is the worst.  And I don't want it to be that way.
So maybe half the problem is getting to bed at an average time of 11 or later.   Wow, and I hate that.
I have noticed that there have been a few times when someone asked me how I was doing and I said that I was tired.  Working hard and was tired.
" That's dumb who cares if i am tired."   
Or my other thought was "that is kind of like the Sadducees fasting and disfiguring themselves so that everyone knew.  There they have their reward; everyone knowing."  
Am i tooting my own horn when I do that?  Saying that I am sooooo tired? I work hard and because of it I am tired.   I don't want to be like someone who wants everyone to know how great I am.  I don't want to go and solicit myself.  
The next day.  And now I find myself pushing 11 o’clock, and probably won’t get to be until 11:30.  I really do love sleep, but there are a few more things that are important than sleep.  My family is the main one.  They need my time and I want them to have some of that time.  So that pushes other fatherly matters, and late night working into the evening and night.
But they are worth it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scouts and moons

Sun moon and stars. If you want to see the solar eclipse the best place to see it is going to be Southern Utah. I live about about 10 miles north of the best place to see the solar eclipse. Apparently I have heard it's not going to be a full solar eclipse, but just a partial, where there is going to be a ring of fire around the moon. The moon is not going to cover the full sun.

The last time I saw a solar eclipse I was a scout at a jamboree.
I was sitting there listening to the speaker ramble on and on and on and on and on.You better make your way to Southern Utah and see it, for it won't happen for quite a while again.

"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?"

- Robert H. Schuller

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Note passing.

Ok note passing gets a little too much sometimes, It doesn't bother me to bad, unless it goes on and on and on.  Then it is a little too much.  But then today after school I find a note on my desk from a student that wrote a little note, not the ordinary note.
Here's the note
God made a wonderful teacher, a teacher that never grows old.
He made him smile of sunshine and molded his heart of pure gold.
In his eyes he placed bright shining stars, in his cheeks fair roses you see,
God made that wonderful teacher, and he gave that teacher to me.
G  ood
R  eally nice
I    ncredible

Then I think a time when someone left a note on someones desk when they went outside for recess and when they came back in trying to find out who it was from.  Yes this was a note that lifted this note receiver up.  Some notes are good and help others feel better.
Go leave someone a note tomorrow.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Life's dependencies

We may feel we have become self-sufficient but in reality we may have become more codependent not only on other people but on technology.  Today we depend for life's necessities almost wholly upon the activities of others. The work of thousands of human hands and thousands of human brains lies back of every meal you eat, every journey you take, every book you read, every bed in which you sleep, every telephone conversation, every text you receive, every garment you wear.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Growth Mindset, "Music and the Spoken Word"

There are some amazing things shared on "Music and the Spoken Word"

A Growth Mindset
Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

What we think about others and ourselves has the power to shape our world. How often have we heard ourselves say things like "I’m not a morning person” or "I’m not very smart” or "That’s just the way I am”? If we believe our talents and personality will never change, then they probably never will. If we believe our fate is set in stone, then it probably is.

On the other hand, if we believe that desire, hard work, and persistence are much more important than intelligence or natural ability, then change and growth are possible.1

A high school valedictorian observed that her classmates always thought she was so successful in school because she was naturally gifted with talent and intellect. They thought that everything came easily to her. But she will tell you that the only reason she excelled academically was the simple fact that she studied more and worked harder.

Anyone who plays a musical instrument or runs a marathon will tell you the same thing. Their achievements come of sacrifice and serious effort, not luck or good fortune. Of course, there are those who are naturally gifted in one way or another. But we were not created with a fixed set of abilities; rather, we were created with a deep-seated ability and yearning to improve, to grow, to become more than what we are.

While we don’t have much control over innate ability or natural talent, we can usually control how much we try. We cannot do much about how tall or short we are, but we can control how dedicated we are and how intently we resist giving up. Such a mindset empowers us to step outside our comfort zone and seek new opportunities for progress and change—creating growth and development in place of rationalization and regret. We will then find—to our joy, but not to our surprise—that we can achieve remarkable things.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our reactions to life's lessons

The greatest problem facing any organism is successful reaction to its environment. Environment, speaking scientifically, is the sum total of your experiences. In plain United States, this means fitting vocationally, socially and maritally into the place where you are. If you don't fit you must move or change your environment to fit you. If you can't change the environment and you won't move you will become a failure, just as tropical plants fail when transplanted to the Nevada desert. Learn From the Sagebrush ¶ But there is something that grows and keeps on growing in the Nevada desert—the sagebrush. It couldn't move away and it couldn't change its waterless environment, so it did what you and I must do if we expect to succeed. It adapted itself to its environment, and there it stands, each little stalwart shrub a reminder of what even a plant can do when it tries!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Life is a landscape.

Do you like landscapes and time lapse.  Well prepare to be inspired.  Life is wonderful and this will show us just how wonderful.