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This is for my friend, Paul. I guess I sometimes see the glass as half-empty. Fortunately, I work with many quality educators who see the glass as half-full and help me fill my glass, so to speak. 🙂
Students sometimes have an unrealistic view of the world and their place in it.
ALSO: I was saddened to find about the June 2 death of one of my former students, Estefania Gonzalez, in a vehicle crash. Estefania just graduated from our school and should have been starting her own bright future. My condolences to her family, and to all of those who knew her. She was a beautiful and talented young lady who will be deeply missed.
I try not to get upset when students do not fulfill their potential. I try not to take it personally when they make poor decisions. But not many things irk me more than a student who is perfectly capable of doing an assignment who gives up and does not even try. My own children are not allowed to say “can’t.” Really, they get punished for saying those words. Attitude matters.
I am a person who regrets my tattoos, so I sympathize with those who might impulsively get a tattoo. Here is a quick, off-the-top-of-my-head rough guidelines to help those who might be considering a tattoo:
1. Generally, only tattoo a child’s name on yourself — all other relationships may change or end over time.
2. Tattoos of someone’s face may seem cute, but the artist isn’t always as good as you think he or she will be.
3. Music bands, TV shows, movies, and sports teams that seem cool now likely won’t be in twenty years.
4. Your body is not a varsity jacket — let others sing praises about your accomplishments. (Some exceptions include notable military achievements, winning the Superbowl, etc.)
5. Matching tattoos might seem cool now, but see #1…BFFs aren’t always forever.
6. Think carefully about a tattoo in another language. Make sure you understand all the connotations of what it says.
7. Try not to get a tattoo when you are grieving, especially over a pet.
8. Popular phrases now will probably become trite (“That’s hot!”, “You’re fired!”, “Where’s the beef?”, or “My bad!” for example)
9. Carefully weigh the consequences of visible tattoos (This is for the manager at the grocery store and the blood draw nurse at the hospital – you know who you are.)
10. Everybody knows a gang/prison tattoo when they see it.
11. Due to gravity, all skin will sag. Consider how that heart will look stretched out like a green bean.
12. Don’t assume the tattoo artist knows how to spell.
No offense if your tattoos match any of the above criteria, I’m sure they look great! This is just for those other people, you know, the ones whose tattoos don’t look cool like yours. 🙂
Pajamas belong in bed. They are not meant for public. Pajamas worn in public convey unspoken messages about the wearer, such as: “I just escaped from a hospital,” “I’m too lazy to get dressed,” “My whole house burned down last night with all my possessions,” “I do not want to be taken seriously,” “I am mentally unable to handle the challenge of caring for myself,” and “I’m trash and don’t deserve your respect.” I know, pajamas are comfortable, but so are leggings, and who wears those in public…oh, never mind. Please keep the pajamas at home, along with your slippers, blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, and other sleeping accoutrements. That goes for everyone…no “pajama day,” no pajamas as a Halloween costume, no pajamas for casual dress, etc. Let’s maintain some societal standards.
Are educators better parents? I know I’ve gone to my daughter’s teachers and been overinvolved because I think I have inside knowledge of the inner workings of schools. I’ve caught myself being the helicopter parent and backed off because I know how annoying those kinds of parents can be. I do feel that teaching helped prepare me for parenting…after all, you can’t hit them at school so you have to learn alternative behavior management techniques. Hello PBIS…LOL!