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#SOL19: Frustration


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It is just a simple thing.

Measure.

Pour.

Wait.

BUT,

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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ARRGHH!

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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Solution:

A simple solution

I quickly devised

After a month of stewing

Fretting

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

stop,

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?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#SOL18: March 22


My mentor/inspiration text today comes from a middle school student in Virginia and you can read her work here.

Take a minute and check out the link, please!

I wish I wrote this well many days!

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Today I couldn’t tell where you were going.

Today I was supposed to just travel from here to there.

Today I was supposed to just take a simple trip that I’ve made before.

I can tell you what, it isn’t easy and not my usual fare.

So, all I can say is,

“Ummm, what’s going on with turn signals?”

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Today I watched you slow down, speed up and slow down again.

Today I was supposed to just travel from here to there.

Today I was supposed to catch up on listening to my Voxer posts.

I can tell you what, it isn’t easy and not my usual fare.

So, all I can say is,

“Ummm, what’s going on with turn signals?”

 

 

Weaving in,

Slowing there,

I’m supposed to be in my lane cruising,

I can tell you what,

it isn’t easy and not my usual fare.

So, all I can say is,

“Ummm, what’s going on with turn signals?”

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How do you respond to situations you cannot change? 

With dignity?  With grace? 

In this case, with road rage? 

So many choices I can make when I decide HOW to respond!  




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily forum each March. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

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