2.04.2018

sunday stealing

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Hodgepodge

1. January was National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience? I have both had and been a mentor. Having a mentor was a great experience--all of my silly questions were answered and we became super good friends. Being a mentor, to a new teacher was challenging as this person was a second-career teacher and figured out early in the school year that teaching was not what he thought it would be. Mentoring young children through a program similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters was a fantastic experience. And I feel like I mentor young people daily in my classroom and appreciate the significance of the role I play.

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

3. I saw a cartoon on Facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list? Clean sheets--although the nice pen thing is right up there! I would add finding money in a pocket, that's always fun regardless of the amount of money!

4. What's the last good thing you ate? some homemade chicken soup with Ritz crackers

5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence. Travel and friendship.

6. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. This year's top vote getters are -- unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?
I don't hear them used often (except unpack--we use that in teaching students strategies for answering test questions)

7. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year? the clutter!

8. Where do you feel stuck?
facing the clutter!

9. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day? I had a bowl of chicken soup for lunch about ten minutes ago--my favorite soups to make are Taco Soup and Italian Sausage Soup

10. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.
being free from clutter!

3 comments:

Zippi Kit said...

I want those recipes! ;o)

I was, just before the twins went ballistic at 16, going to become a Child Advocate for the Juvenile court system. Right away, I knew that was a blown career. I've never seen such a melt down in my life with such a good end result as they pulled off but I not being able to be a mentor for kids left a mark on me. You are one of the best, I'm thinking. Good for you!

Stacy said...

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but your students are blessed to have you as a teacher. My daughter's school experience might have been a lot different if she'd had a teacher that cares as much as you do, rather than just marking time to tenure and retirement.

CountryDew said...

Do you read the decluttering books (which then become more clutter)? I have that problem. I tried the "Throw Out Fifty Things" one and it worked for a bit, but sometimes you just have to set your mind to it and grit your teeth and go for it.