I Disgust Myself Sometimes

I Disgust Myself Sometimes

I headed out to Walmart for the third time in a week, as you do. And I wasn't happy about it. Nossir. Walmart is my most hated of marts. 

Cold winds whipped around me as I got out of my car. Freezing splashes of rain hit my cheeks as I power-walked through the parking lot.  

My sour mood ratcheted up another notch.  

I inspected a few carts, trying to avoid a wobbly one. But they're all wobbly. Of course the cart was also wet. Grrrrrr.

I started to push my wobbly, wet cart toward the main entrance. I noticed a man and his young daughter come in right before me…

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4 for Friday [December 13, 2013]

(4 for Friday posts contain four things that caught my attention this week and I feel are worthy of yours.)

  • Instapaper on the App Store
    This is one of my all-time favorite apps. It’s one of the original read-it-later services. The iOS apps are beautiful. The best thing—it’s FREE this week! It’s regularly $3.99.

    I like that it’s a paid app because I know it’ll probably stick around. I like being a customer instead of a commodity when possible. Grab it while it’s the free app of the week.
 

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Confessions, the #eddies13, and Being a Jock Strap for the Internet

Confessions, the #eddies13, and Being a Jock Strap for the Internet

I found out something pretty cool late Saturday night. I was reading through my Twitter feed and found a link to the 2013 Edublog Finalists. I didn't do nominations this year. Actually I never do nominations because I find it so hard to pick. 

I clicked the link having no idea what to expect. I was so surprised as I scrolled down. I found out that one of my posts is up for an award.

I’m honored. Honored, grateful, and a little confused.

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The Downside to Snow Days

The Downside to Snow Days

I’m not sure if I got more excited about snow days as a kid or as an adult. There is something magical and wondrous about a snow day. They're almost mythical in some places.  

There were times as a kid where I would pray for a snow day. It was one more day to snuggle back under the warm covers. It was one more day to put off homework, and one more day to not worry about assignments. It was one more day to sip hot chocolate and play with my friends. Snow days were amazing.

But not for everyone.

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4 for Friday [December 6, 2013]

(4 for Friday posts contain four things that caught my attention this week and I feel are worthy of yours.)

  • Quozio - Make Beautiful Quotes
    It can’t get any simpler than this if you want to make a quote into an image. I love quotes. I love sharing them online. If you do too, then check this site out. It even has a bookmarklet. Woohoo!

  • MindNode 3 for iOS - BrettTerpstra.com
    MindNode is one of my favorite apps on iOS and Mac. It lets you make beautiful and simple mind maps. This is a short overview of some features. It costs $9.99 which will turn off many. But if you love to make mind maps, then it’s well worth the price.

  • Be Friends with Failure | Doodle Alley
    This has to be one of my favorite things I’ve read in a while. I know, I know. You probably don’t struggle with failure. It’s just me, right? I need to re-read this one frequently.

  • Applying MOOC thinking to traditional passing rates | Scripted Spontaneity
    I sort of rediscovered Paul Cancellieri’s (mrscienceteach) blog this week. This post contains a very interesting idea. I doubt it will ever happen, but I reeeeeeaaaly wish that it would.

 

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A Letter to My Now 12-Year-Old S

A Letter to My Now 12-Year-Old S

Zekester,

You turn 12 today. It's hard to believe. Adults tell you that time goes by so fast. It's true, and the older you get, the faster it goes.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel today. It's an emotional Neapolitan scoop of joy, confusion, and sadness.

I love you so much. I love you as only a father could love his first-born son. I became a dad because of you. I will always be grateful…

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Don’t Ever Lose This

Don’t Ever Lose This

Thoughts of teacher burnout, stress and frustration swirl around in my head. I can't help but think about our finite time, attention, and focus.

You lose control over your time at school. Those decisions are made already. Classes that have to start and end. Staff meetings on Wednesday. And lunch break from 11:27 to 11:30.  

Your attention is lost the same way. You can only pay attention to so many things in a day. Many things demand it whether we like it or not. You have grades, standards alignment, lessons plans, report cards, 504 paperwork, tutoring documentation, and figuring out how to keep wads of wet toilet paper off the bathroom walls.

But here's the thing you can't ever lose—

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