23 June 2016

Sunburn - #100DayProject - Day 084

Ouch! That is the main word I would use, to sum up, my day yesterday. It should be fun, wet, family, adventure, or something good because I spent the day with my family at SeaWorld San Diego and had a great time. So why is my word "ouch" then? Because I got a nasty SUNBURN on parts of my body! Even with applying sunblock, I still got burned, the worst of it being my knees (dang shorts moving up when I sit down!) and neck. Why didn't I burn the previous two days while at LEGOLAND? Both parks were outdoors and I was all over the place both days. I don't know, but maybe I didn't apply enough sunblock or maybe it was just lots sunnier than the previous days. Whatever the reason, I'm in pain today and will be headed to the beach anytime soon!

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Is there an analogy to getting sunburned to something educational? I'm not sure, but I think it could have to do with lesson planning or as I like to do, weekly/monthly/more planning. Think about it, you can usually avoid a sunburn if you use plenty of sunblock and reapply throughout the day as needed. Planning is the same way. If you plan out your day/week/month/more then you are less likely to fall into a mess of not knowing what to do and you'll be ready for each day to help make it more productive and successful for your students. 

In both of the examples above I used the words "usually" and "less likely" instead of "always" and "never," but why? Because "only a Sith deal in absolutes." While that is true, that's not the reason, though it's a great one. No. I avoided absolutes because even with the best of intentions, things can go wrong and that's part of life, especially in a school. How often do you have your week all ready to go and then you get a last-minutes email letting you know about a bunch of assemblies that somehow didn't get added to the school Google Calendar and you have to revamp the entire week so that you can make it all work after all? But by making those initial plans, you now have an outline of what you want to be done and can work through all the distractions and assemblies and etc. 

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While I don't always have super detailed lesson plans, I do have a nice outline of my week so I can keep myself about where I want to be by the end of it. And when (notice I've now decided to plan for SOME form of a distraction) that certain distraction occurs (I'm talking to you monthly fire drill!) I can more quickly get back on track. And just like my regular weekly schedule, I will now take some extra time to make sure my body is fully protected from the sun's harsh rays. Now, if only I can survive the beach and not come back flame-broiled then I should be just fine! 

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