Tuesday, I had my students think about how they’d describe themselves to someone else using “I am” statements. I thought this would be a great way to start out my own Slice of Life! 🙂
- I am a husband to Melissa. My wife and I will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary during our SOL Challenge. She is my rock, my solid ground, and without her, I’m not sure where I would be.
- I am a father to Gabrielle (19) and Faith (17). Two talented, intelligent, beautiful young women who will make their mark on the world. If they could get along with each other, I cannot image how happy I’d be.
- I am a brother to Patrick. He’s a couple years younger than I am, with a wife and three kids. He’s one of the most positive people I know, and this suit his family well.
- I am a son to Mike and Sandy. A teacher and stay at home mom/legal secretary, they gave up a lot for my brother and I, and yet, we traveled almost every summer to various parts of the United States. Now, as a retired couple, they’ve earned their reward, traveling all over the world, seeing the places and things they want to see.
- I am a teacher. My father and aunt told me no, but I didn’t listen. I’ve taught all grade levels, K – 12, and currently work with 8th graders. I love to come to work every day, because every day is different and new. I don’t think I’m a great teachers, but I’ve been deemed “the relationship guy” and
- I am a coach. I’ve coached high school girls for a year with my wife, and all the rest of my years I’ve been at the middle school level. These last two years have been hard to beat because they we’ve had great shooters, great height, but what I’ve enjoyed most, great attitude. If I could earn a living coaching, I would go in a heart beat because I love the teaching that takes place on the court, on the bus, in practice!
- I am conflicted. As my girls are almost grown, there’s a lot of second guessing to how and where we’ve settled. Was this the right area? Did we do the right things?
- I am tired. Tired of having to fight a battle against “lazy teachers”, against “rich teachers”, and against “entitled teachers”. I’m sure those teachers are out there, but I’ve never come across them. The only place I seen them is in comments about the teaching profession, from people who’ve never stepped into my class.
- I am amazed. My students are amazing. My wife, my daughters, there’s so much that I could write about all of them. The fact I have students coming in from homes places I cannot imagine, but are active and do some incredible work. My wife works with 4 year olds, that’s amazing in itself! I have a daughter who has this powerful singing voice, one that could take her to great places. My other daughter left me behind in what she can do years ago, studying software engineering.
- I am in pain. My knee hurts because of a basketball injury this year. My feet are better, but if I overdo it, they are sore.
- I am hurting. For those in Florida, because those students are finally starting to use their voices when adults won’t listen. For those here, who feel school and life are hopeless. For teachers, trying to teach, council, parent, coach, to shield their students metaphorically and physically, trying to be political, yet stay sane.
- I am hopeful. For my students, because they are so much more intelligent than I was at this point. For teachers, because we seem to be finding our voice in the face of repeated shock and awe tactics tried by different groups. For my own future, as I get ready to embark, yet again, on a new grade level and new curriculum.
- I am human. I love. I hurt. I feel. I celebrate. I laugh. I cry.
And most of all, I am me. 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm
You are amazing. I love reading your posts because you are so authentic in your voice with what you have to say–good or bad– I’m glad you are writing in the challenge again this year. I look forward to what you have to share.
March 1, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Deb, that just made my day. Heck, maybe even week! 🙂 Thank you for reading and being so honest and upbeat. It’s appreciated more than you know!
March 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm
I’d like to meet a rich teacher. I heard $105,000. Is all it takes to make us feel fulfilled
March 1, 2018 at 7:20 pm
I enjoyed reading your post and getting to know about you. Such a great format! I am saving it for future inspiration. Thanks.
March 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm
I actually got it from a motivational speaker named Eric Thomas. The kids and I watched a video of his, then they started in! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
March 1, 2018 at 7:26 pm
I love this idea and will use it as a back up activity when I’m subbing. I plan to do this with my grand kids too. I think it would be neat if they did it every year and save them for when they are grown. Looking forward to SOL 2018. 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm
That’s a great idea too, having it as a plan for subs! I think it was be awesome to do with kids, saving them for reflection. Thanks for the great ideas! 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 7:43 pm
This Slice was full of heart and I love it when I read pieces like this. I relate to a few of your statements. And in regards to the Florida students. They are so inspiring. Just because they are young doesn’t mean we have the right to write them off.
March 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm
I love your response and I agree, we should not write them off because of their youth, we should welcome the energy! 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm
What a great way to introduce yourself. I learned a lot about you and look forward to your slices about coaching and the ever-changing world of education!
March 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm
Thanks Ashley! This was a fun way to start out my 31 slices! 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 8:09 pm
I wish that I had a “love” button instead of just a “like” button! I think that this is a great format and your post is a great mentor text!
March 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm
You are WAY too kind, but thank you all the same. It’s fun to play with words. This was no easy task, so I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 8:47 pm
You hit a lot of heartstrings in your post. Way to start off strong the first day! I love the format and although I teach 5th graders, it might be interesting to see what they come up with. Thanks for the passion!
March 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Totally beginners luck here! 🙂 I would encourage the your fifth graders to give it a try! I was shocked at how powerful and painful my 8th graders wrote. Just woke me a bit to who they are and what they are facing in the coming years. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 9:20 pm
I was so happy to see your post again this year. I look forward to reading more! I’ve driven across Iowa many times in my life and always wondered what it would be like to stop for a while. Iowa is looking better and better – tired of the rat-race in the DC area. Thanks for the glimpses of your world.
March 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm
Hey! 🙂 We will be out in DC in about of weeks with our band and choir! It will be my chance to look around and realize just how lucky I am to live where I live! 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 10:59 pm
You are a grateful person.. love your honesty.
Wish I could stick up for you about the lazy teachers bit. Entitled? What on earth are they thinking? We serve the world, that is totally not our mindset!
Thank you for the joy of your writing..
March 2, 2018 at 12:08 pm
>Thank you for the joy of your writing..<
Thank you, Veronica! That's what I love about blogging, I don't even realize that what I'm doing creates an impact, it's just me on that day. 🙂
March 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm
… never know what will crop up. 🙂
March 1, 2018 at 11:19 pm
I love your honesty in your “I am” poem. I’ve never been able to get the hang of this particular format, but maybe it is time to give it another try.
March 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm
I was struck by how honest my students were with this method. If they can open up, why can’t I? 🙂
March 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm
I love this! What a great exercise. And it’s delightful how much you love your family and students.