Best Year Yet
In the Pemberton Township School District (and many others) the last week of summer is coming to a close. As many of us anticipate the start of a new school year, it is natural for feelings of anxiety and apprehension to become more observable in our minds. And if we are experiencing anxiety, we can safely assume many of our students are feeling similar strong emotions. For that reason it is all the more important we approach the new school year with kindness and compassion.
This week I came across two powerful examples of how students often surprise us with their kindness. In addition, we have a couple of ideas to help increase communication and improve relationships within the schoolhouse. I look forward to seeing many of you soon!
Circle of Life
This week we are exploring the Circle of Life. Not only as an incredible song from Disney's The Lion King, but with a broader sense of its meaning — acknowledging that all things come and all things go. In this edition of Four Thought Friday, we will experience the birth of a new learning tool, the death of a historic technology, and we will explore our cosmic connection to all forms of life in the universe.
New Tech, Texts, and Temperment for a New School Year
This week, Google announces a few new tools for teachers and students to help kickstart the new school year. We discover a list of great books for the classroom or simply for the soul. Finally, we learn a new way of dealing with cell phone usage—all in this week's edition of Four Thought Friday!
Science, Protests, Eggs, and Anxiety, oh my!
As previously discussed, sometimes my Four Thoughts coalesce around a similar theme. Other times, they seem all over the place. After reading the following four articles, you should be able to determine which kind of week it is.
Without further ado, please enjoy this week's edition of Four Thought Friday!
After five magnificent years, I have decided to take a brief hiatus from social media. In the past, I vigorously encouraged the use of social media platforms, specifically Twitter, as a way for educators to connect, engage in dialogue, share ideas, and support one another in learning and growth. While this was my ideal, I chose to hold this belief as universal. This was a mistake.
Over the past few weeks, I became aware of several educators behaving in ways that ran counter to my ideal. Instead of accepting their behavior and allowing it to pass, as all things do, I chose to confront it. Another mistake.
There is a famous Japanese proverb, Hotoké no kao mo sando nazuréba, hara wo tatsu: "Stroke even the face of a Buddha three times, and his anger will be roused." This proverb reminds us that we all have anger within us. It is within our power to choose how and when we use it. To paraphrase the Grail Knight, I chose poorly.
My current social media hiatus comes at a good time. I plan to focus my attention on family, friends, professional learning, and self care. When the time comes to return, I look forward to proudly continuing our work of learning and growing together through this incredible journey we call "life."
Now, without further ado, please enjoy this edition of Four Thought Friday!