The holidays have begun! Although I am delighted (who DOESN'T like some well-earned time off?) I must admit that I don't feel like I NEED a break right now. Some years it's all I can do to make it to Christmas. The last few weeks are torturous. But I haven't experienced this the last few years. Why? Because of the great students that I get to spend my time with. So thank YOU for making my job so much fun. I honestly LOVE coming to work (most days... we all have "our days" don't we). I couldn't ask for a better Christmas present than that!
Have a great Holiday. Enjoy time with your family and your friends. Be safe. I look forward to seeing you in 2013!! By the way 2013 will be the first year to be denoted by four different digits in over 25 years! (what was the last year that this happened? Bonus mark to whoever sends me the answer first).
I hope this won't offend any of you (because you know that I love you all dearly) but this made me laugh very hard...
Well, so much for Term 1. Hard to believe that we are 1/3 of the way through the school year! Feels like we are still "getting started" in many ways. But time flies when you're having fun, right?
I hope you were happy with your Math mark on your report card (or, at least, that you feel that it is an honest / fair assessment of your progress so far).
Remember: if you are NOT happy with your mark you could either (1) HOPE that things go better next semester (which will likely make little to no difference. "Hoping" is just a more socially acceptable way of avoiding responsibility for things that aren't working in our lives); or (2) DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! You've all heard by now the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Unless you are insane (possibly), and assuming you DO want to improve your mark (hopefully) what are some of the things you could do differently in Term 2? Here's a few ideas:
One last thing thing: remember that there is a distinction between "something matters" and "something means something". It MATTERS that you do well in Math / school. There are consequences for doing well or doing lousy in school, after all (failing, graduating, winning awards and scholarships, gaining entrance to university / college, etc.).
But it doesn't MEAN anything if you don't do well (or DO do well) in Math / school. It doesn't mean we are stupid or incapable or lazy or destined for failure, or disappointments, or.... or ANYTHING. Anything you make it mean about you doing well / poorly in math / school / life is just a story you have made up. Create an empowering story and let it inspire you, if you wish. But watch out!! Once again, we often create uninspiring stories ("I can't do well in math") in order to avoid responsibility ("what's the point of even TRYING in math? I know I can't do well").
Good luck to you in Term 2! Work hard!
Someone sent this to me and I guess it's kind of interesting. But I don't really get what the point of it is. Confused...
I took Sophia to the dentist on Thursday (downtown) and had 40 minutes to kill. I needed a haircut (I'm sure you noticed, right?) and the receptionist told me that there was a new place just down the street. So I headed out, ran into Galena B and her mom (such a nice lady!), and then found the place. When I walked in, the girl at the front look confused / horrified.
Me: "Can I get a haircut?"
She: "Do you want it ALL cut?
Me: Uuuuh... yeah.
Ten minutes into the shearing process I realized... I'm the only white person in here. And there are no scissors. Only razors. I don't think I'm what they'd consider a "typical" client.
The (approximately) 17 year old guy (Vik) who was assigned to me ("he's good. REALLY good") was so nervous, he bolted for the bathroom at one point. The entire process took 90 minutes. NINETY MINUTES of having a razor passed over my head (with an endless changing of blade sizes)!! Vik then proceeded to take photos of me with his Iphone from all 3 vantage points (front, side, back). Something tells me I shouldn't expect to find myself in the gallery with the rest of these past clients (these shots are from their website)...
I am your teacher. Obey me.