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Monday, February 19, 2018

Anger over ignorance

Big companies with lots of money and power are often elusive and secretive about the money they make and lobbying they do.

Average Americans are often too busy just staying on top of daily chores and events to do the investigative work needed to figure out what's happening with the investments they make into retirement plans, the taxes they pay, and the leaders they support.

It's easy for big companies in any field to trick the American people to make big profits for a few.

Today I tried to figure out a bit about companies that make guns and their level of responsibility. The research is not easy to do, and will take hours and hours.

How can we make knowing what is good for us more transparent and easy to understand? How can we help all Americans to move beyond the sound bites and lies of a some to truly unearth the truth so they can support and vote what is truly right and good for our country? What is the best way to dig deep enough to understand what is happening in our country? How are good leaders with power and money working to take away the secrecy of lobbyist, companies, and individuals whose power is not directed toward the public good?

These are questions I am seeking answers to--please tell me what you know.

Rally Around Good Ideas and Positive Action

To build community we have to rally around positive ideas and action--what's happening in your communities that deserves your support and attention? What can you do to help build that community and learn from that community too? The possibility and potential are limitless here.

For me, at present, this involvement mainly circles around my extended family and teaching--what can I do to help my family live a good life and what can I do to better the school community and students' opportunities?

As far as family is concerned, at present that mostly means continuing to create a welcoming home, the kind of place they can put their feet up, relax, and be who they are. A good meal, get togethers, time to talk, and a place to boost one another's vision, dreams, and the work it takes to get there are the number one priorities right now as far as family is concerned.

At school, my focus includes the following:

Knowledge Begets Knowledge
Finding ways to positively support students' acquisition of knowledge.

Community Building
Working to build a strong, supportive learning community where students, educators, families, administrators, and community members work together to support positive learning and teaching experiences that foster student strength, capacity, collaboration, and success.

Political Advocacy
I want to stand up, speak out, act, and support political leaders, ideas, and efforts that forward the best of what our country can be. I support a country that puts peace and people first. I support a country that takes care of its natural resources and does everything it can to create a happy life for all beginning with our children, the elderly, and the vulnerable. I am learning more about this and will work in my free time to support the tremendous positive potential our country holds for providing every citizen with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I will also support a positive path to citizenship for all who have positively resided in our country and who desire the opportunity to become full and contributing citizens of the United States.

This is where I'll begin.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Old Teacher

Yes, I'm one of the old teachers--old in age and old in experience. I'm thinking a lot about what that means these days as I enter the final chapter of my career. What is the responsibility and opportunity of this unique stage of teaching and learning?

Teacher as Grandmother
In many ways, I feel like a grandmother in the classroom. I want to be that loving, older teacher who reaches out to help the children in any way I can. I had that opportunity yesterday when I found a little girl crying in the hall. I asked her what was the matter, and she told me the story. I comforted her, and hopefully gave her the inspiration to move beyond the problem she faced. As a grandmother in the school, I want to be a comforter--one who helps the children in their times of need.

Supportive Colleague
As an older staff member, I want to be there to elevate the voices and careers of my younger colleagues. I want to notice their good work and inspire their continued development when it comes to teaching and learning. I want to support their ideas and home-school balance too. I am not looking to be a leader, but instead I want to be a supporter of the wonderful, younger colleagues that surround me.

Good Teacher
I want to end my career as a good teacher and do what I can to continue to learn in order to continue to develop my career in ways that matter, ways that help all students learn with strength, confidence, interest, and pride.

The last chapter of my career will likely be a chapter that equals about five to seven years, and I want that last chapter to be marked by excellence and support for students, families, and colleagues. This is a good focus.