T.G.I.F Newsletter 4/15 - Vision, Struggle, and Intellectual Humility

Here's another edition of the T.G.I.F. Newsletter - Vision, Struggle, and Intellectual Humility.

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Happy Friday Friends

Hello Friends and T.G.I.F. 😁. I hope you had a great week!

We had Student-Led Conferences this week which meant a few later nights.  It was significant for our 8th graders because it was their last one. Now I'm in my old man Lazy Boy chair and all is right with the world, except it's snowing, that's not right.

Here are some things I thought were worth sharing this week.

The News

Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.

  • In my humble opinion, every school should have a Makerspace. Here’s how to get one up and running in 3 simple steps.
  • If you are looking for some creative ideas to use with your students at the end of the school year, this article might have what you are looking for. I’m a fan of the student speeches. We have a tradition of portfolio passage presentations with our 8th graders, and it is one of the highlights of my school year.
  • I thought the idea of having students help to create a vision statement for the classroom was interesting. I used some of these suggestions when creating anchor charts with students. Having students as co-creators does increase buy-in.
  • It appears that the mental health of students is connected to the mental health of their teachers and parents. That’s something that most people instinctually know, now the data back it up. The relationships that students have with the adults in their life is powerful.
  • The struggle is real, and when introduced correctly, it has great benefits.


Personal Development and Wellness Resources

  • It’s never too late to start exercising, especially pumping iron. The benefits are there for all who make the attempt. This came across my newsfeed at the right time. I needed the kick in the rear end.
  • This week I learned about intellectual humility. I think a large percentage of the U.S. population could benefit from a nice size dose of this, including myself.
  • Here's a Twitter thread about parents choosing their battles. If you're a parent it's worth reading through it.


Here is a quote I’ve been revisiting this week:

"On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.” - The Complete Essays* by Michele de Montaigne

Favorite Things

  • It’s National Poetry Month. Here is one of my favorite poems, Mother to Son by Langston Hughes.
  • Sunshine and melting snow. We’ve finally had both of those happening this week…at the same time! It was nice while it lasted.
  • I've been trying out the Fabulous app*. which uses a science-backed approach to building habits. So far I've hit my water and breakfast goal. The habit-forming approach is unique and effective so far. Now my virtual coach is asking me to get more active in the morning. We'll see how that goes. Here's my reaction to the first couple of days.
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