This is the post I put on my blog on Saturday. (You can see it here with comments from Kathryn) Something to reflect upon. I will not be posting next weekend, so have a great week and see Tuesday, September 3rd!
I live on a beautiful “Adirondack” lake in Northern New York. I put Adirondack in quotes because we are just 5 miles north of the Adirondack line, you know, all the beauty of the Adirondacks except for the taxes, zoning and mountain views. We have fun events on the lake, Quadratholons, boat tie-ups, card playing, winter sports, you name it. Recently, a friend of mine invited me to come to her place and join other ladies, or what we call the W.O.W. club. (Women Of The Water). My husband calls it the “hen club”, but what does he know. We enjoy the company, sharing stories, laughs, and life’s adventures.
A member of our W.O.W. club is Kathryn Craft, a writer and novelist who will be releasing her book The Art of Falling in January. Kathryn shared with us why she writes and shared of the legacy that she wants to leave. As we were sitting there talking, I was reflecting, thinking how I will be leaving a legacy. What do I want people to say about me when I leave this earth? I think about this every day and being a breast cancer survivor, every day is a gift to me.
You know, as educators and teachers, we influence and touch so many lives. We mold our students, our children, to be better citizens and to be the best they can be. In that realm, there is no room for demeaning criticism, “put-downs” or sarcasm to our students. We have to be the role models for our students and children. They are our future and they will be taking care of us. How will they remember you? Will you get those great notes from former students or not?
Kathryn is passionate about her book, rightfully so, Not every day do I get to sit with a novelist and published writer and share life’s great adventures. Kathryn has touched me and I am grateful to be a part of a relationship, because isn’t that what life is about – relationships? Kathryn gets it – she will leave a wonderful legacy and this will be through her writing and her relationships. What will your legacy be? How do you want to be remembered? Start thinking about it, and get moving, influencing and touching people. Life is too short!
- Please remember to mark on your calendar our Meet and Greet for Sept. 3 from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
- Please start enrolling in our Remind 101 class for text to your phone for delays and cancellations. This will take over for the snow phone tree. (Please refer to my email regarding this feature.) How do you join? It’s simple. To receive messages via text, text @eastsides to (347) 732-3168. That is it, very simple. Please start joining. Thanks.
- Katie Zahedi writes on my friend, Peter DeWitt’s blog about social and emotional relationships with our children and the state we are in with education policy.
- The Giselle Institute weighed in three years ago regarding the Common Core State Standards.
- My friend Tony Sinanis shares his growth score, frustrations and gives 9 points of advice to the New York State Education Department.
- Please check the East Side Announcement page for updated dates, announcements etc. Lisa is updating this continually! http://gouverneurcentralschool.org/esannounce/
- What are the five things your are grateful for? Make a list daily. It does wonders!
- Be the change agent for kids!
Other items of interest:
Survey says: most Americans don’t know much about the Common Core. A recent poll indicates that knowledge about the Common Core is less than pervasive. Don’t forget about this explanation for parents that you can share.
Here are tips for working with resisters in your school – turning negative energy into positive.
This video expresses facts and dispels myths about the Common Core State Standards.
There’s a YouTube channel for the Next Generation Science Standards. Thirty videos and counting. NGSS made simple!
These are the steps toward planning good, quality, projects.
Make some of your resolutions about getting you and your students moving. Watch the video! It’s funny!