Baptism by Fire in the Idea Machine

20170914_182750I’ve been giving today a lot of thought for the last few weeks. My 4C kids were meeting up for the first time and I had a lot of ideas bouncing around in my head. I outlined a couple things last weekend that felt good. My first instinct, just for funsies, was to have the kids cross interview each other for the sake of comparing the information they uncovered. Find out how creative they were. How inhibited. How outgoing. How diverse the thought process. And also?…because everybody hates things like that. 👌 How many times in our past have we wanted to melt away at the thought of introducing ourselves to a group. Talking about ourselves when no one is listening. Or the dread that will forever seep from the phrase, “Let’s go around the room and…”. No. Please, God. No.

So, of course…this is exactly what I was going to do. Continue reading “Baptism by Fire in the Idea Machine”

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An Interesting Find

This fall, in addition to a full class schedule, I’ll be teaching a 4C’s group for 9th graders. These groups typically run after school hours, are optional, and they restore my faith in teenagers (😭)…and faith in the future of our country, yaddy yaddy. The young adults who choose to attend are some of the most compassionate and interesting, not to mention successful, students that I’ve gotten to work with.

But…now I’m feeling like I’ve undershot by two whole C’s! I was surprised to see this today. The two left out of my planned lineup focus that are listed here are Creativity, and Collaboration. Creativity being covered in other endeavors and groups, and Collaboration being covered by Communication/Citizenship! So, while I don’t feel like I’ve got it completely wrong, this has given me a lot to think about. 

This kind of focused character development is essential in this age group and I’m not certain why the courses aren’t implemented more widely throughout districts, or, for that matter, manditory. Either way I’m excited and ready to go with my own spin to keep it interesting. I’m not going to wish away my summer just yet. But looking ahead feels good too. 

Summertime Smackdown

She scored the last spot in Moana summer camp in July. And also a week each of Nature Explorers, Music with Art (with her favorite instructor, Hot Damn!), Scrap Camp and a week of Swimming meets Gymnastics at the rec center. 100% not taught by me! So she will be blazing a trail all on her own. Which is a whole new world for her. Plus, it means no lazing around this summer! Busy, busy, busy. Continue reading “Summertime Smackdown”

#Insecurity

In between guilting the staff to bring me more food, I’ll take a second to mention that this is my favorite tag to read on WordPress. Hands down.

Of all the things I’m most familiar with, that I relate to, that I’ve been through, going through, or am…that’s where I find the most interesting thoughts. Insecurity of subjective looks or about being “loved” isn’t what I mean. Scrap it. I mean insecurity about being different. Doubting ourselves. What we’re embarrassed of. Those less than perfect attributes that make us precisely who we are. The most interesting people and the most interesting thoughts. They’re there. With that tag. And I know exactly why that is. Continue reading “#Insecurity”

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