Thursday, January 28, 2016

So True

"People rarely succeed unless 
they have fun in what they are doing."
~Dale Carnegie

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Stand 1-17-2016

One day late this week, it's "Saturday Stand"
coming out on a Sunday.  There were two separate instances that occurred recently, each 
resonating with importance for students and for others. 
I wanted to reflect upon and share them;
each story holds an important truth.

#Kids need good role models.

That being said, here's a gentleman that "stepped up to the plate" for a group of
school kids and some caring adults.  

Meet Christian who works at the Bethalto, Illinois Post Office.  He's also a veteran.  

Saturday a family attempted to ship
two boxes of items their child's class
had collected for 
Project Frontline:

When they discovered the expense
to mail both packages was out of their
this man pulled out his wallet
to pay 
the cost to ship one of the boxes.  
His reasoning?  

Christian explained that he knew first-hand how much programs that serve the needs of
servicemen and women, value donations.  
He knows just how much packages like
the two mailed from Bethalto mean
to soldiers who shall receive them.  

#Hero          #RoleModel        #Veteran

#Kids often come to school hungry

 When I envision a wide spectrum of success
for young people, the fact that many are
hindered by pervasive hunger is not
something I used to think about.

As educators we must consider that.


Read on to discover an idea that
began with a June 2015 gathering
The Lawrence County Health 
Department, and the courage of a
handful of people who don't sit by
the sidelines when it comes to 
doing what's "best" for young
people across Lawrence County. 

#Hopeful     #AHeartForKids



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday Stand 1-9-2016

Kids come to school with uncertainty
and perhaps some initial nervousness.  

That's to be expected, especially if they're involved with learning in large groups 
of peers for the first time.  I say 
"extra bonus points
if kids come to class feeling
hopeful and curious, how grand!

I'll take it from there.
You know, the moment they enter my classroom.  They will be successful.

I'll expect everyone to support kids.
I create resources to inform 
my learning community.
I'll expect families to communicate 
with myself, colleagues, and the administration
to uphold and maintain 
on-going success for kids.
I read, "Tweet," and connect with
others to continue my learning.
I refine my craft. 
Let's strive for "win-win" situations.


Parkside Night Owls:

Shining Moments:

Let's Go!

George Couros- I loved the
 "The Innovator's Mindset"
and recommend it to others!