Such a beautiful day in Seattle as I head to the airport. The view of the mountain from the dash of the cab is incredible! It has been great at #imaginecup and now looking forward to time with @edutopia at Skywalker Ranch. It blows my mind that consistently sharing via my blog and Twitter (and a whole lot of blessing from the God who called me to this work) and these are the things I get to do? How does this sort of thing happen? Makes all the lonely 4:45 am alarm clocks dim in comparison to the joy of doing work worth doing. Thankful for this week and then next I’ll be back at school! I have some doozies prepared for them! ;-)
Lovely conference room overlooking the Microsoft store. I have always loved their campus. I love the natural light shining in from all the skylights. If more schools had more natural lighting it would be better for all.
There is totally a reason this video has gone viral. It speaks to how so many of us women feel. It is hard work looking like you think you need to look in today’s world and then as you get older, you don’t measure up - in fact, no one really measures up to Photoshop.
I think it is a gutsy song and when Colbie Callait takes off her hair extensions it kind of shocks you. Great video. I loved it.
So many pictures of “beautiful” people spread through Tumblr and beyond. Almost a worship of these exterior bodies. The truth is, while I may have been more physically attractive in my twenties, I believe I am a more beautiful person now. Kinder. More patient. More loving. More giving.
And yet, society would have us think that our worth, particularly as women, is done when we are no longer so photogenic and when we try to stay positive we are now trying to keep up multiple chins.
I’m coming to admire people who are beautiful in other ways and yet you have to look in your every day life for these beautiful heroes? Why? Because the media isn’t going to report on my 86 year old learning lab director who rides 120 miles a week on her bike and helps more students than ever. It isn’t going to talk about some of the members of our school board who pay out of their pocket to paint the hallways over the summer. The media doesn’t write about such things because people tend to want to watch the negative — things that perhaps make them feel better about themselves.
But my heroes aren’t going to usually be those who act and pretend for us - it is going to be the real people who do cool things every day.
Like the guy in my hometown who had a health problem and decided to walk 10 miles a day up and down different roads - he carries sugar free jolly ranchers in his pocket and he’ll give you one if you walk up beside him. He got hit by a vehicle on one of the roads so now he walks but puts on an orange vest.
This is a bit of a ramble but I just see all of these pictures of starlets and “beautiful” people and we have no way to really know if they are beautiful and yet we hold them up as so.
So, I guess I’m just trying to challenge my Tumblr friends to see beautiful people in a different light and to look for the beauty of a life well lived, the grit of overcoming hardship, and the joy of small kindnesses as things we should emulate and celebrate
We become the center of our own worlds, with the constant connection a validation of our own importance. The removal of that connection does not disturb anyone else, but the removal of that validation makes it clear that the world spins on without us. And when we return, we discover that not much really changes in the time we spent away from social media, away from the office, and even away from friends and family.
So true. Disconnected helps us realize on the one hand the importance of living connected with your friends and family. On the other hand it relieves us from the illusion that we are part of a vortex spinning faster and faster and somehow drive this engine that without us will sputter to a halt.
Once we cannot unplug my question is who is the machine and who is the user?
I think great quality of life comes from unplugging consistently - for me, it is Sundays. Unplugging just improves your life.
I had an incredible conversation with Kevin Jarrett and Jeremy Ervin about Kevin’s STEM lab. He’s taken an elementary computer lab and turned in into a STEM classroom where kids from kindergarten up learn Engineering, Math, science, and Technology. It is a fantastic model and I’m so impressed with what he’s doing. Hope you’ll take a listen and share.
RT @Innov8rEduc8r: Tips and strategies a plenty - Fab podcast http://t.co/ImGDFrGOre by the always inspiring @coolcatteacher #edchat #edutweetoz #AussieEd http://t.co/ImGDFrGOre
“There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?
Hatred is a hard thing to handle, particularly when you feel it is unjust. But I’m writing this for you today: DON’T LET IT STOP YOU.