Friday Notes: Summer Edition

Everything you need to know as you prepare to return

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Quote of the Week

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.


-Friedrich Nietzsche

Blog: Do as I say, not as I do?

The other day I somehow got caught up in an episode of Andy Griffith. This particular clip caught my attention. The video (should) start at 14:23.....the related clip ends at 16:23 or so (fast forward to those parts if the link fails to work correctly). For the life of me I could not get the link with the proper end time to embed correctly.
The Andy Griffith Show Season 5 Episode 16 Barney Fife, Realtor
Yep, guilty as charged. I often set a standard for myself that is different than my kids, and then use the excuse, "because I am a grown-up/dad/parent! That is why!" As I type this, I am even trying to rationalize certain behaviors, but ultimately I am not sure there is an exception. Yelling and losing my cool....no excuse for me or my kids. Using technology at the table.....not okay for my kids and not okay for me. There are much tougher scenarios to consider, but I will leave those to you. Again, I cannot think of an exception.


As I was pondering all of this, Governor Christie made the news. If you aren't familiar with the story, here is a quick rundown. Governor Christie, amid a budget battle, ordered all public parks lands closed. Despite that closure, Governor Christie vacationed on one of the closed beaches and was subsequently photographed on said beach. His response when grilled about why the beach was closed to the general public but not him: "I am sorry they are not the governor." As you might have guessed, the adults impacted by this double standard were quite heated, and by the sound of his continued comments, I am not sure Governor Christie sees the problem. Much like my parenting.....sometimes.


So what does this rambling have to do with us. It turns out we are great at setting a double standard and then rationalizing the heck out of it. Patrick Lencioni calls this the fundamental attribution error. While he is not talking about double standards, he is talking about behaviors that we tolerate for ourselves but not others. The fundamental attribution error, according to Lencioni, is:


"the tendency of human beings to attribute negative or frustrating behaviors of others to their intentions or personalities, while attributing their own negative or frustrating behaviors to environmental factors."


We rationalize our own behaviors and criticize the behavior of others. We cut someone off and say we had to because of the rush we are in. We then get cut off and call that person an idiot and wonder who taught them to drive. We see someone yelling at their kid in the grocery store and assume that have anger problems and need counseling. We do the same, and it is because of the behavior of our own kids. We rationalize our own behavior and define others negatively by that same behavior.


How much do we do this in education? What do we expect of our kids that we don't expect of ourselves? What behaviors are okay for staff but not okay for kids? If there are exceptions, why? Interesting discussion to have......

What have you been doing to relax or recharge?

Flashes,


What have you been up to??!?!?! We want to know. Send a picture to Rob of something exciting, fun, or relaxing you did this summer! A picture with you in the picture is preferred. On opening day we want to share with other Flashes what everyone has been up to during our relaxing family or alone time.


Doughnuts with dad became a weekly affair, “Hands off my doughnut daddy!”

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The Huotaris have spent A LOT of time at the softball fields.....
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The Millers spent a week in Colorado for softball, but were able to squeeze in some family time.
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What We Are Working on This Week

Flash Focus....Flash Focus....Flash Focus. Our two day event, set to take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, has consumed our time. Check out our parent newsletter below. This will give you a good idea of all of the items on their list, and ours.


https://www.smore.com/5hkxs

T-Shirts and Opening Day

I don't have information on opening day yet. What I do know is that we will have t-shirt pick-up at East in the morning. Coffee and donuts will be provided. I will get specific times to you when I receive them. If I had to guess t-shirt pick-up would be at 7 and our district meeting would start at 8 (@FCHS).
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Canvas

Thanks to those who have joined Canvas and participated in the discussion thread. My goal is to provide you experience as a student in Canvas so that you have that view when you are creating content for your students. Canvas, for now, is only for Certified Staff members. There may be a look to expand that in the future.


Link to join Canvas: https://ftcsc.instructure.com/enroll/HXKXEG

General Canvas Link: ftcsc.instructure.com

Informational Text Sources

I ran across these two websites in a book I was reading this summer. Two cool ways to find high interest informational text articles for your class.

Farley Family

I received the following email from a parent and I thought I would pass it along in case you would like to help:


I know this is a long shot, but I thought I would ask. If you didn't already know, Cheryl Farley (mom to Peyton, Aaron, Madison & Allison) has been diagnosed with ALS. I don't know how much you know about ALS, but it's awful. She is already struggling with fine motor skills in her hands, and cooking is becoming very difficult. Kristy Donley-Nystrom, the foreign language dept chair at FCHS, has organized an online meal train for the family. Will you please consider forwarding this to the staff at your schools? I know all four Farley kids have gone and will go through both schools.

http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=BHQT4993&v=28ce9bc954

Flash Focus

Tuesday, July 18th, 11am

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Two sessions:


11-2 and 5-8

Flash Focus

Wednesday, July 19th, 11am

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Two sessions:


11-2 and 5-8