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Wednesday Hodgepodge – An Epic Success

I see a summery theme in this week’s Hodgepodge questions.  Join up with Joyce!  It’s fun!  I promise!

1.  Have you learned more from success or failure? Explain.

This is a very tough question.  As a teacher, I learn much from both.  When a lesson plan goes wrong, I analyze it, tweak it, and am more effective because of the mistakes I’ve fixed.  As a knitter, when I make mistakes, I go back and figure out where I went wrong.  Ultimately, my mistakes usually lead to success.  So, I guess the answer is that I learn more from mistakes!

2.  What did you call your grandparents when you were growing up? If you have children, what do they call your parents? If you have grandchildren, what do they call you?

I didn’t really know my grandparents when I was growing up.  They were from Canada and France and saw them once or twice, at most.  I think I called them Grandma and Grandpa.  My children call one set of grandparents Grandmama and Granddaddy.  They call my mom “Grandma <insert her name>.”

3.  You’re invited to a luau.  In keeping with that theme, what dish will you bring to share?

Can I bring Pina Colada fixings?  I don’t really cook, so I’d be at a loss as to what to bring in that regard.

4.  Besides Jesus, what one person’s life story do you think everyone should know about?

Honestly, you could take any one of my students and share his/her life story and the challenges faced every day, and I think the world would be inspired.  My school’s students have to overcome so many obstacles even to get to school each morning.  Many support younger siblings.  Yet, these students show up as many days as they are able, maintain their grades, play sports, and manage to walk the stage after their four years are finished.  They are inspirations to all who hear their stories.

5.  “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Agree or Disagree? Why?

I completely agree!  We often lose sight of the bigger issues we face when we get caught up in the things that wind up not mattering in the long run.  So much of our energy could be better spent on improving our situations if only we widen our scope of vision.

6.  June is National Rivers Month. When were you last on a river? What’s the prettiest river you’ve ever seen? What’s a river you’d like to see?

There’s really a National Rivers Month?  Oy!  I was last on a river years ago when the Mr. and I were dating.  We went on a day trip…canoeing down the Suwanee River.

I.  Hated.  It.

It was hot and humid.  It was miserable.

I got very sick…food poisoning from the night before.

This made things worse.

I do not like being on rivers as a result.

Thus, I can’t really answer this question.


7.  Speaking of rivers-paddling, fishing, swimming, or bird watching safely from the shore? Which activity would you choose? Yes-you have to choose.

I would choose swimming.  I’ve never had any luck when I’ve fished, and obviously, river padding is out.  Bird watching seems too boring for my taste.

8.  My Random Thought

Today is the last day of school!!!!

With the exception of the last two days, I’ve had a wonderful year.  My students have been fantastic, and I gained confidence as I saw the value in using strategies that I’d been learning about in the various trainings I’d attended.

It’s a bittersweet time as I let go of the babies I’ve nourished all year, and I can honestly say that I’m sad to see them go.

I take joy in the fact that I will see most of these kids next school year because they will be sophomores or juniors.

Year Four of teaching was divine!

8 Responses

  1. Yes, yes….so often, way too often, we get hung up on the small stuff and forget the bigger picture. Even if the small stuff can skyrocket to being something big…THEN is the time to face it and deal with it. I can see why you’d not like rivers then, in a way, I answered something very similar.

  2. Oh, you answer to #4 would be the way my daughter would answer it. Her 5th grade students have to deal with more than the law allows and yet, they love coming to school and most do the best they can given their circumstances. She considers her teaching a ministry as well.

    Happy Wednesday and good to connect with you again!

  3. Oh, what an awful river experience! I can see why you might not have fond thoughts of rivers. I so appreciate our teachers – they do so much for our children. Thank you for choosing to teach our youth. Have a fabulous day!

  4. I SO agree with most of these! Except the river. I love paddling rivers 🙂

  5. It seems to me that your students are very lucky to have you as their teacher and that you are very lucky to have them as students! Although I don’t really believe in luck, so maybe blessed would be a better word.

  6. Enjoy your summer! Our students have another 3 weeks to go.

  7. I say yes to the pina colada fixings…somebody’s gotta bring that! Happy Summer!

  8. I think it is totally awesome that your students inspire you! That’s the first step to inspiring them.

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