Three Things: Smiling, Paper, and Owning Yourself

Watch out for the tribe.

Three Things: Smiling, Paper, and Owning Yourself
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Smiling helps you live longer and relieves stress. These benefits (and more) are available, even when you make yourself do it.


Paper and pen are moving up on my list of important technology. There are many apps that I’ve tried in order to track student progress with assignments and grades. Paper and pen offer the greatest flexibility and efficiency. It's much easier to create things on the fly.


“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” -Rudyard Kipling

The image below hangs in my classroom.

Three Things is a record of thoughts, questions, inspiration, gratitude, and things that made my day better or made me better. Once written, I send them out into the world. Cue serendipity.