Meals from the Heartland

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This week is National FFA week.  We are lucky to have a really great FFA advisor/teacher who allows the kids to plan a fun week in the middle of February when we are all dragging.  Today, they had us do something new.  The entire school from 7-12 grade participated in a packaging of meals activity.  Each group spent about 40 minutes packaging the food.  I wasn’t sure how this was going to go over but was surprised at the students’ reactions.  Many of them had fun with this activity.  Several of them even commented that they would love to do a community service project a couple of times each year.  I was really happy to hear the students say that they would love to do something like this again. Hopefully, we are able to do other community service projects.

It’s too hard

I have been hearing this quite a bit lately.  It seems like any more people are more content to just stay with the easier way of doing something rather than grow and learn new material.  I am currently teaching research/informative papers and the students want to just use a URL for their citation, they don’t want to do the in-text citation, or a couple of students have informed me that they have already written their papers, but they still haven’t done the research.  One of the learning targets is to learn to use an academic database.  One student today informed me that was too hard.  They were just going to write the paper off of what they found when they googled it (I am only allowing 2 cites to be from Google and requiring 5 from the academic database provided by the AEA).  Excuse me, but how can you write the paper without doing the research?  The student’s comment was that is too hard.

Sadly, I am seeing this more and more and not just in the classroom.  That desire to learn and grow seems to be fading.  That desire to try something new is no longer. We seem to be content to just be.  We are missing out on so many things because we no longer try to push ourselves to become better.

What is it going to take to get people to care about becoming their best, how do we get people to stretch themselves and not be satisfied with the status quo?

 

The Importance of Books.

I just found this poem about how important books are and I can’t help but share it.  The poem was written by Kate Messner.  She has written several books including The Ranger in Time series, All the Answers, and The Seventh Wish.  Ok, she has actually written many more but that is all that I have read at this point.

Anyway go check out her poem “What Happened to your Book Today

Something I haven’t paid much attention to before.

This winter has been so weird.  Warmer than normal and then below 0 temperatures with super cold wind chills.  A couple of ice storms that led to some damage to my car and a neighbors vehicle, a few early outs, and late starts and now this.  There were several water main breaks in our city yesterday including a major line and a break close to my house.  This lead to a boil order for the city.  We were told it would be at least 24 hours until the all-clear was given.  Sadly it looks like it will be almost 48 hours until the all clear is given. It is surprising how much you miss something when you can’t have it.  No drinking water unless you boil the water for 1 minute before using.  The water is ok for showering and cleaning, however.  This gives me a new perspective for people who struggle with acceptable drinking water.