22 May 2017

#PassTheScopeEDU - 2 Days Late - #30DayProject - Day 01

Source: Brian Smith - @BrianRSmithSR
Last week was another excellent #PassTheScopeEDU event. If you didn't see the scopes live, you should totally check out the #PassTheScopeEDU hashtag and watch them soon because it was great! I once again was able to take part in the event but I wasn't there on the scheduled 3rd Thursday typical of the event because something happened that got in the way of my filming, life happened and it was okay.

I was finally able to get on camera two days late on Saturday and share some of my #aMAYzingMoments from the 2016-17 school year along with the reason for me being late, I was busy spending time with my family. We need to be sure to take the time needed to show our families that we care about them as much (or hopefully more than) the students in our classes. I loved working with my students and colleagues each and every day, but my own family was the reason why I was out there with my students, I was making a living to provide for my own family. Be sure to take the time needed to show your family you care and they mean the world to you.

I linked the Periscope above, but in case you can't find it up there, here it is again. And feel free to join us in the next edition of #PassTheScopeEDU, each and every 3rd Thursday of the month, unless of course you're busy spending time with your family and need to join in a little later.

18 May 2017

Similar

I spent a lot of time today driving (roughly 8 hours) from my home in Southern Utah to Salt Lake City in Northern Utah for meetings. The meetings were successful and we had some excellent conversations about how our state should act when it comes to the technical needs and concerns of its schools, medical facilities, and libraries. Being from an education background I assumed I would care mostly about the needs of the schools and somewhat ignore the needs of the other groups, but I was wrong. The more I listened to each short presentation shared the more I realized just how much each of the groups in the meeting were similar and dealing with issues and concerns that matched those of my own schools I work with. And it was there in that room I realized how important it is to actually listen to others fully before making judgments or casting out the falsehoods you may believe.

So, remember, we are more similar than different and we should be willing to give each other a complete chance.
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