#SOL19: Frustration

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It is just a simple thing.





Oh, NO!

I will admit to being “bleary-eyed” and not totally awake.  But measuring, checking the line, and then pouring.  Seemed like a piece of cake.

It’s running over.

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It’s early.

Maybe it is operator error!

Try again!

Oh, NO! This time it’s barely half full!

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It’s too early!

This is making me mental!

I have been using a liquid Pyrex measuring cup.

Maybe my eyes are still too tired!

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A simple solution

I quickly devised

After a month of stewing


Cleaning up messes . . .

I fill my coffee cup with water and then pour it into the Keurig.  No errors.  No mess. Perfect coffee every time.

A simple solution?

Often a simple answer is correct. That belief is courtesy of Occam’s Razor. Perhaps in our personal and professional lives we need to


take a deep breath,

and think of simple solutions.

Avoid the complications.

Avoid the perception from above that may cause you to under measure  or the perception that rounding it to that next line  while holding the measuring cup is good enough.  If the goal is the “right amount of coffee”, the water input does matter.

A different lens, a different view, a different solution.

When will one of those serve you well at school?

Considering the student view.

Asking for student input.

Stepping back so students can own the solution.

Closing your mouth so student input is prioritized.

What might you do differently the next time that you are frustrated?

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8 responses

  1. A resounding “YES!” to your post! Why must we make things so complicated, when simple solutions exist? Complicated does not mean better; bells and whistles do not always allow for real learning. So glad you were able to finally get caffeinated!

    1. Start small or simple! No need to OVER DO! My wisdom for today! YES!

  2. All too often, we complicate things. We over measure when all we need to do is Let Them Read! I enjoyed the design of this post.

    1. “Over measure” or “over test/evaluate”. YES! Thanks! A bit of playing with the design!

  3. Love this, Fran. So often we tend to complicate matters by looking for answers and solutions that make our heads spin when the simple solution is staring us right in the face.

    1. I know. I had originally titled this “Duh!” and was thinking of a graphic with palm hitting forehead. Complex is not always the best! (And just because the coffee maker has numbers on the side does NOT mean that I really have to engage with numbers BEFORE coffee!) Thanks!

  4. Genius. I believe that stop is the key. Sometimes just a moment t breathe and re-evaluate is all. Sometimes as a coach that’s what I do, give that teacher a chance to stop, observe, talk it out, think it over, and then start fresh.

    1. Agree.
      Stop. Take a breath. Think.
      “Fools rush in . . . ” and that increases the frustration! Opposite of what is truly needed!

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