Freaking Out- well just a tad

Today I had (I think) a pretty successful parent night at school. Lots of people came up to me after my spiel and expressed gratitude for “being such a cool, enthusiastic” teacher. Some said they even wanted to be in my class. 

I’m having a difficult time enjoying those thoughts, however, because my mind is preoccupied with a bazillion things related to “Historyteachers”.So far here’s what is on the agenda:

Sept. 3: Photo shoot for TEDx (plus send updated bio)

Sept. 6: Marco Torres workshop

Sept. 8: my Schools of the Future presentation on Digital Portfolios

Sept. 9: my kid’s bday – gotta bring cupcakes to class

Sept. 10: my kid’s bday party at the house (read: clean!!!)

Sometime prior to 10/1: renew driver’s license

Oct. 1: my bday

Oct. 17: Blog post for teachinghistory.org due

Oct. 19: presentation at E Learning

Nov. 1: TEDx Honolulu***

****sometime prior need to make video, write, practice, hopefully fit into outfit

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A Blanket and a Good Education

The other day my daughter and I were driving in a not so affluent – let’s just call it sketchy- part of town. She suddenly exclaimed: “Why do people have to live in crap?”.

 

1. Bad parenting tip #1– overuse words like “crap” so that your 6 year old will repeat them at will.

 

2. Good parenting tip #1– Use random opportunities like car chitchat time for in depth discussions on economics, socio-economic distinctions, birth control and education reform.

 

And yes, I am serious – we discussed all of the above in about 2 blocks.

To sum it up, she postulated that people didn’t have a lot of extra cash because they probably had too many kids per family, and spoiled them rotten (pot calling kettle?). In reality, she said, a kid only needed 3 things in life:

 

1. enough to eat- but not treats

 

2. a blanket to keep them warm (mind you, it’s 85 degrees outside)

 

3. a good education

When we got home I refrained from showing her Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk but we did indulge in a little Jamie Oliver on the tele. Bring on the revolution! (oh- but don’t forget your blanket!)

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Starting Somewhere

I’m excited about starting this blog! The name “Sweet and Gruesome” comes from one of my music video fans, who thought it was funny that I sweetly sing about gruesome topics in History. It would be a great album title, but will have to suffice as a blog name for now.