Enjoy Every Sandwich

“In Confessions of a Winning Poker Player, Jack King said, ‘Few players ever recall big pots they ever won, strange as it seems. But every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career.’ Seems true to me.” –Mike McDermott in Rounders

It’s Thanksgiving break. And I have to confess.

I’m struggling.

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School Re-entry, Coronavirus, and a Lousy Statement by the AAP

This current Covid / schools statement is rubbish. Again, I’m agreeing schools need to re-open. I’m disagreeing with their lack of concern for educators. Their verbiage is objectively lousy, and it needs to be said.

Friends, I try not to go on long posts, but forgive me. This is a summer of upheaval – and given so many other issues, perhaps this is less important. I recognize that. Given my background and current role, I feel like maybe I can do something here (probably not, but I have to try). This may not be important to you, and if it isn’t, just ignore this blog right now.

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Balance?

Lack of growth and progress scares me. It is the antithesis of going into teaching. I’m here to help! Let’s get to work.

Why am I so keyed up about this? It’s kind of simple.

I don’t want my students to turn out like me.

I didn’t want to take away from the bulk of the post – but I did want to share and clarify my remarks, for those who are interested.

This is specifically following up “10 Things I Think I Think”. You don’t need to have read that piece to understand this one, but it will put this one in the appropriate context. Now that I’ve said that, let me revisit my own past once more. 

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10 Things I Think I Think

I spent a lot of my days worried about my students. I called, sent messages. The worst was not knowing and not getting a response. I hated playing the “I’m really worried about you” card, because sometimes I feel like the students wanted to be left alone, but it had to be done at times. And I was amazed at what some of my students opened up about.

I’ve tried, folks. I’ve really tried.

That’s the refrain I keep telling myself over the last 10 or so weeks.

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Anti-Nostalgia

By itself, nostalgia isn’t a bad thing. When we base our primary motivation off of nostalgia, that’s when things start getting dangerous.

Well time slips away, and leaves you with nothing mister

But boring stories of – Glory Days.

-Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band “Glory Days”

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Waiting (a.k.a. Dimensional Analysis)

I’m beginning to dread Thanksgiving. Not due to the holiday itself. I like Thanksgiving. It’s much better at this stage of my life than Christmas and the “Winter” holidays.

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This is what I feel like lately.

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The Impression That I Get

When you get inspiration from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, it’s a good day.

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This was on one of my dry erase boards after a final. I took a picture before erasing it; I had to keep it for posterity’s sake. I had great students this year.

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