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CELEBRATE EVERYTHING

Last weekend I ran five miles with my sister. I usually go about a mile less than that when I run, so I knew I could do it. My sister is training for a marathon, which YOU GO GIRL, because I could never. At each mile, though, she celebrated. She physically threw her hands in the air as her tracking app reached each mile marker. I thought it was cute, and it was encouraging (especially at mile five, because OUCH). Then I started thinking: when do I celebrate in my personal life? What do I celebrate? And sadly, I couldn’t think of anything. My words are not celebratory, but hypercritical. I don’t often speak life into the things I do. I critique, but with an emphasis on the negative. Celebrati

Traffic Lights

Seeing a student waste potential is like sitting at a green light with someone who won't go. Wouldn't that be infuriating? Sitting in the passenger seat as the driver of your car stares blankly through the green light in front of you. Sometimes this is how it feels when I talk with students who haven't turned in assignments, or who put in the minimal effort when I know they could give so much more. I think a lot of people are actually like this throughout their lives; all the stars are aligned, the light is green, and even though everything externally may be shouting "GO!", they sit at an intersection they are too scared to cross. They are too insecure, too unmotivated, too unsure of their d

I Don't Believe in Waiting It Out

Probably the most insensitive advice you can give someone is to tell them to "suffer through" something until it's over. At the end of the school year I hear this a lot. "Just suffer through. It'll be over soon." Or, another common sentiment, "just put your head down and get through." It's always said in good faith, and I say it to my students more than I'd like (which makes me think, why am I giving them work that makes me say that?). The problem with that, though, is that it makes life out to be something to be experienced, not created. "Waiting it out" translates to "just let it happen." And I'm not a fan of doing nothing. Here's why: Waiting Is Not Active. My students are obsessed with

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