Be kind to others AND yourself.


I read this somewhere recently, and it really made me think! When someone does us a favor, we (usually) say, “That person is kind,” rather than, “I must be pretty awesome, since that person was so nice to me.” On the flip side, sometimes when someone acts in an unkind (or even cruel) manner toward us, we sometimes feel like WE will be judged harshly by others as a result of that person’s behavior. The judgment part might be true, (humans can be a judgey lot) but that person’s unkindness says much more about them than it does about you. That person’s actions don’t characterize who you are; it characterizes them. (The way you respond to unkindness is also an action.) School is a place where we act and react hundreds of times per day. The way you choose to act will be what ultimately what defines you, so it’s important to make sure your actions match your beliefs, (and if you mess up, [we all do from time to time] it’s okay to admit that and make amends if necessary).

Million Word Essay

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Hello 2019! This semester I’m pulling out an old trick and asking parents and guardians to tell me about their children in a million words or fewer. I have already had a few responses and it is so lovely to read about my students in the words of someone who loves them. (I learned this trick from @char.riewer when I was a CADRE mentor through U of NE at Omaha in 2010.)

Bikes In München

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In München (Munich) many people ride bikes instead of cars or public transport. There is a special bike lane, and it is very important that you not ever stand in the bike lane because it’s very likely you will be hit! In fact, several of our travelers had near misses because they didn’t heed our tour guide’s warnings. 🚲

Hallo, Studenten!

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I spent New Year’s Eve in Munich, Germany. It was an experience I will never forget. If you have the chance to travel, seize it! It will open your eyes and change your life for the better. Frohes neues Jahr! (I will be sitting in the airport for a while today, so I will share more pictures in a little bit.