Archive for September, 2009

15
Sep
09

before I sleep I think

Today I was in a staff development meeting on how to be a better teacher. I was not the only one in the room, ha ha. They brought in a couple of reading/writing guru type people to help a number of us become “better” at what we do.

It proved to be a day that was mentally challenging. They had us busy; reading, writing, thinking, debating, talking, presenting… I really did step away mentally tired.

But the coolest thing was, they flew these two gurus all the way across the country to share one major point with us:

Young people need a personal connection. You need to know them to teach them. You need to listen and be gracious with them to reach them.

On days like today, I am honored to be surrounded by others who echo what I know. I am lucky to be challenged to be better. I am humbled by the realization that I can be much better. And I am ready to try again tomorrow.

It all comes down to one thing. Relationships are so important. They ultimately change the lives and the minds of others.

I need to go to bed now.

12
Sep
09

bwb

We celebrated our fourth year with this little man this week! He turned four. Four. Davy and I are having trouble letting this soak in. He is a complete joy to know. If we had to pick a couple of words to describe Ben, we decided they would be that he is a happy, self-assured, people loving, inventive , exploring, inquisitive, never takes no for an answer little boy that is all boy. 

We love you little man. Keep learning and teaching us all you discover.

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01
Sep
09

little things

The most satisfying thing I did today was to replace the batteries in Ben’s train, the one that hasn’t run in a year and a half. 

You should have seen his face when it actually ran on it’s track.