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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

 

Excited to be Me

I love my work. I love, love, love my work! I think it is the best thing in the world to watch a bunch of 4th graders who don't know each other turn into a cohesive group in two hours flat. I love to see a kid who is all annoyed at the world, and particularly me, start laughing and smiling inside of 45 minutes. I most especially love to confuse a gifted kid who has all the answers and have him be OK with confusion by the end of the day. Such is the power of improv.

I'm a bit spinny with the wonderfulness of it all. Having a job that is always challenging me to innovate is something I thought I would never achieve. This is a short post because now I have to re-plan the whole next day of this workshop based on what happened today. It's so cool, and I just had to share. May it happen for you.

Sometimes by Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man; decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

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Comments:
Loving your work is very important. I love my job. It's not rewarding in the same way that, say, teaching would be, but its challenging and fun. Some days, I can't believe I'm getting paid. Other days, I can't believe I'm paid so little. hehe.
 
:) That was loverly! I'm so glad, and thank you for the awesome poem. Just for that, I'm going to post my poem of the month.
 
:)
 
Both a wonderfully optimistic post, and an equally optimistic poem! I enjoyed both. Are you familiar with Destination ImagiNation, the youth-centered creative problem-solving organization? Improvisation is at the center of this program, and I think you'd love it! (Yeah, I'm a fan...I'm my state's Co-Affiliate Training Director.)
 
...every child is gifted ...
 
Thanks so much for all your comments. It's always so nice to feel that others can relate to what is going on in my life!

Yes, WordWalker, the DI gang got wind of me pretty early on. I've worked at a Fun Day, and I'm actually going to judge training this Saturday! I think it's a great program and there are many gifted kids involved.
 
Hi blue turtle! How do you mean?
 
While I agree that every child (every person, for that matter), has gifts and is special, I do not agree that every child is gifted. The distinction is important. A great source of information about gifted needs is the National Association for Gifted Children, which folks can visit at www.nagc.org. Click on the FAQs tab for "Is There a Definition of "Gifted"? plus some other interesting topics.
 
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