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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Open Mic - Laugh

I really could use a good laugh! It really irritates me to work around people with no sense of humor. I understand that everyday shouldn't be a block party, but “sometimes we can take life to serious.” Amid-st the confusion of a new superintendent, many of my coworkers are running around like expressionless robots. They’re working themselves to the point of becoming ill and overly stressed. I refuse to allow this job to consume my life. I learned the importance of balance the hard way. After battling cancer year ago, I discovered that stress could kill and that a little bit of happiness goes a long way. “Humor is infectious, pass it on.” Laugh til you pass gas!


e.lear said...

I love this! I watched this the other day with my mama! I agree. I am trying to remember day to day that there is a life outside these kitchen walls! I am so consumed with what I need to learn from GA State and learn here at school, and teach that I forget I am a human! ha I love to laugh adn I do laugh often with my best friends, husband, family, and some students. I agree laugh it off I act like things are the end of the world and they are not! ahh what I thought was a big deal really doesnt matter.

Kim Nix said...

The most precious sound! I loved this Larry! You spoke to my heart. I have been guilty of taking life especially "school/work" way too serious. My boys are my world so sitting down at the kitchen table for dinner with them has been more important than working late trying to get ahead. Don't get me wrong I love my students and teaching but my family will always come first. Thank you so much for such your sweet post. You are a wonderful beautiful soul!

Gina Gailey said...

Larry! I could not agree more!! I feel like asking some people that complain and are miserable,"Then why are you doing this?". You are absolutely right. Why waste time that you could be making a difference in someones life on complaining and worrying. In going through something as draining as you have-you tend to take a step back and look at the entire picture. Life is what it is-you cannot make changes to the past or what has been but only towards the future and what you want to make happen. You are a joy for our classroom and bring smiles and laughter every time you enter-Thank you for that!

Casey F said...


You are just such a joy. I love your comment, "Laugh till you pass gas," so fitting on a day like today when I need a good laugh. It is so true that we just need a good laugh every now and then. And, of course, we need to sometimes laugh at our situations or what is going on in the classroom. I had a student stick gum in another student's hair when I was absent - 8th grade boys of all things! I was so mad at it that I just had to laugh about the situation. I also agree with Kim that my family will always come before these students. I truly believe, though, that if I could fit all 865 students at our school in my house and give them the love they deserve, then I would. When it all comes down to it, we are here to show these kids love where they might never see any, and that's all that matters. Who cares about the rules and regulations? They'll be here tomorrow and the next day and years in the future. We are here to change lives and prepare people for the more brutal, real world.