How do you get the most out of life? The best parts of life start with new beginnings. You find a new job, it's a new beginning. You meet a soul mate, it's a new beginning. You launch a new program, it's a new beginning. You explore some place you have never been before, it's a new beginning. You take a class, go to college, graduate, find a job, buy a new car, start up a friendship, it's a new beginning. Life is full of new beginnings and wouldn't it be dull without them?
Education, for me, is all about dreaming the impossible dream and then trying to make the impossible dream possible. I don't think I am alone in this. So, let's try to make an impossible dream come true. Absenteeism is a huge, time consuming, seemingly unsolvable problem in many k-12 schools and colleges. If we would lick the absenteeism problem, we could lick the high school dropout problem and more students would graduate from high school and college.
100 percent graduation By the time you read this on Sunday morning, we will have surpassed 200 organizations and agencies that support the 100 percent graduation goal for Beltrami County. Six of the most recent supporters are Lakes Concrete, Beltrami Public Health, Enbridge, Circle of Life Home Care, MNDOT and Red Lake DNR. You can ensure that your children will graduate when you: 1. Ensure that your children are seldom absent. 2. Ensure that your children are reading and writing.
A wife asks her husband, "What motivates you to do what you do?" The husband responds, "I am motivating by eating my family and misusing commas." (Note: If you don't get this riddle, check at the end of the column.) Eating may be the driving force in our life especially if we have to worry constantly about putting bread on the table. Our family may motivate us to do what we do especially if we worry about their safety and just having enough money to live day by day.
100 percent graduation A local movement is underway to ensure the area has a 100 percent high school graduation rate. These tips will increase the likelihood that students will stay in school. 1. Parents, who else provides support for your children besides you? The more support children have, the more likely they are to graduate. 2. When children see parents smile, the more children will smile. It's difficult to think less of yourself when you are smiling. 3. When parents are seen as partners in the learning process, they are more likely to get involved.
Good teachers are good planners. They want to make sure they have enough things for students to do every minute of the day. Here are some heady questions I have used over the years when I found a need to fill in some time. All of the questions relate to the future, which students find interesting because that's where they will be living. You can pose the questions to the students individually or to the entire class. You could also pose the questions to them in small groups. Let's quiz kids about their future. 1. In what year will you become a grandparent?
There are many stories in newspapers and on TV about kids who commit egregious acts and then there are kids who are just troublesome. "How can we help these kids?" As an educator and parent, I wonder how many times I have said those words? I know you have, too.
This column is long overdue. It's been a tough winter. Our bodies have slowed down and our brains have slowed down. What we need is an antidote. Let's see, what could it be? How about some brain busters? Here are a few of my favorites. (Don't worry, answers will follow below. Don't cheat!) 1. How is it possible to draw a triangle with two lines?
Here is a trivia question for you. What youth organization is known for its blue corduroy jacket? If you said Future Farmers of America or the National Future Farmers of America Organization, you can be first to drive the tractor or sheer the sheep. The blue jacket became the official dress of FFA in 1933.
On snowy cold days, like we've been having, we catch ourselves looking out the window and wondering, "What in the world am I doing living in Bemidji." Then I take a snooze, dream some dreams about spring and wake up with the realization that I am very lucky. You might feel the same way. I think we are put on earth for two reasons. First, we are put on earth to appreciate and care for what the Creator has created for us. If we don't, who will? There is no better place to appreciate what the Creator has done than in Beltrami County, Minnesota.