Amazing Year Day 70: Bibliophilic Shopping Spree

17 May

Today marked the completion of my 40-page strong National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification renewal.

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To celebrate the achievement I treated myself to an overdue booktastic shopping spree.

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Then I enjoyed commuting home with this cute companion.

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Amazing Year Day 69: Painful Poem

16 May

National

Board

Renewal

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”

Amazing Year Day 68: The Three Cs

14 May

Today I took on the role of a categorizing sociologist, I posit there are three types of people. The majority being CONSUMERS, with a minority of CREATORS. Then there is the outlying CRITICS, they are either creators at heart but lack the effort to realize their potential, or they are merely consumers who due to an excess of poorly guided confidence believe themselves to be creators. Both of whom are not in touch with reality and resort to a well-rehearsed cynicism.

Who are you?

Amazing Year Day 67: A Beautiful Lesson

14 May

This week’s chapter from Pep Talks for Writers hit home hard, like in a Field Dreams home run kind of hit. I want to build it regardless if he comes or not.

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Amazing Year Day 66: The Creepy Old Dude

13 May

I’ve been indentured-servanting away on my National Board Certification renewal so much that I’m putting in more hours at Starbucks than the staff. They know my name, but what do they think about this older white guy who is ALWAYS there. I try to mix it up a bit each day and sit at a different table, but I can’t help it if I like to face in the general direction of the counter. I hope I am not that “creepy guy.”

Three more days and the renewal process will be complete, but I’m sure I’ll still have work to do in a creepy manner at my local Starbucks.

Amazing Year Day 65: Easily Amused

12 May

It doesn’t take much to amuse my wife and I.

New potato chip flavor? Amused.

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Peaches that look like butts? Amused.

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Amazing Year Day 64: Gotta Have More Tina

11 May

Today I came to a sickening realization… it had been FAR TOO LONG since Tina Turner’s vivacious vocals veered through my veins. I don’t want to fight, and we don’t need another hero, because what’s love got to do with it when your private dancer is simply the best. Thanks Tina.

Amazing Year Day 63: Möbius Strip

10 May

Today I learned a new word for something I knew existed but didn’t know had a word to label it: Möbius strip.

Learn something COOL every day!

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Amazing Year Day 62: Proud Teacher

9 May

Roles evolve. Pedagogy adapts. Goals change. Yet there is a constant for effective teaching: successful students. Success defined and measured by the students themselves. Unions can continue to raise their picketing signs, but my “bonus” is seeing former students thrive. Whether or not we truly made a difference in their life is not the point, it’s to believe in the individual and follow their life as a diehard fan. To all students, we are rooting for!

So naturally when I woke up to this message inspiration swam through me:

“(Clears throat) Crave you are the teacher that helped shaped me and pushed me to be great. You took no slack from me and challenged me whenever necessary. I almost didn’t go to graduate school. But then I mentioned it to you and you quickly shut down my fears. Ten years later, I’m forever grateful for you. You are truly amazing and I thank you for always believing in me. Happy Teachers Appreciation Week!”

I treat others as I wish to be treated, and I want to be pushed to the brink of perfection. I need it. Not every student does, but it’s our duty as educators to find a way to fuel the fire. The student who graciously donated those words above, didn’t need much from me. She was starting to strut a path of success when I noticed her spark. She just needed a reminder once in a while. She’s right though, I believed in her and still do. The true power of her message is that she proved to herself and to all of us that she can, did, and continues to rock! This is a celebration of someone looking back on their life with gratitude and feeling proud. I’m proud of too and will follow her lead and reflect on those who helped me get to where I am going!

Amazing Year Day 61: The Books Drop In

8 May

Dear Books,

I’ve been waiting for a few of your kind to arrive. What a splendid surprise to find three of you hanging out in the mailbox. I can’t wait to figure you out!

Your creator Robert Olen Butler is a creative master of words and form. You will certainly be a crucial step in my evolution as a flash fiction writer!

But alas, I must attend to finishing one book before starting another. So here’s to putting the finishing touches on your cousin Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction.

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