• My Best Self

    I’ve Altered the Plan. Pray I Don’t Alter it Any Further.

    I usually use my own photographs for my blog, but this meme resonated with me greatly. I keep thinking about what Vader told Lando about the plan. I am a planner, a hyper-planner. It’s how I deal with a lack of control in my life. I plan. Right now my life feels very out of control. We returned to school with students last week and it felt like a week of Mondays. Even my students felt like it was Monday on Friday. The week just crawled. Likely due to low-level anxiety and changes to what had become somewhat normal. Every morning felt like a chaotic rush. The chaos made me…

  • My Best Self

    Finding a Win

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the sad state of my zucchini plants. They had been decimated by round two of squash borers. Things haven’t been going well in the garden. Too much rain killed many of my tomato plants with early blight. Flooding killed my melon plants. It’s been hot and cooler and then hot again. It has all been incredibly discouraging. When that happens, you start looking for a win wherever you can find it. I’ve needed to find a gardening win for a while. I found one. My compost pile is actually doing what compost piles are supposed to do. I decided to turn it…

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    Sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough and Better than Perfect…..

    The whole adage” is “sometimes good enough is good enough and better than perfect, because it’s done.” I frequently tell my students this, because sometimes those kids hold themselves to the most unreasonable expectations. I’m not encouraging under achievement at all. I’m encouraging them to try and accept that it’s not going to be perfect or exactly right. While I do think we need to work towards mastery of a skill or topic, the key word is not “mastery” but “work.” The process is more important than the finished product because we learn from the process, not the end result. Many of the life lessons I am trying teach my…