Saturday, June 28th, 2014

two reasons I am in education

I could not sleep after walking the dog in the middle of the night. It had rained and thundered since midday and the dog hates stormy weather. So, at 2;20 AM, I was awakened and got my shoes on and walked the dog.

Upon making it safely back inside, from a successful dog walk spurspectivel, I grabbed my iPhone and deleted the spam emails. I addicted to social media. There, I admit it I checked the notifications on my Facebook newsfeed and flipped to my Radarscope app to check storm locations. Speed reading the notifications, I noticed a couple of comments on my Summertime 2014 photo album. After clicking on the link and reading and indicating I “Liked” the comments I had one of those rare moments of inspirations to write down my thoughts. Blogging takes a huge effort on my part. I’m a horrible writer. I write the way I talk– Redneck and proud.

On the comment notifications, one of my former students and my mother caught my attention. My former student is now a an experienced elementary teacher. She earned a Masters degree and National Board Certified. She is also my daughter’s sister-in-law. She commented on my photo album saying,

“it’s so funny…when I see your pics each day I think, John [Blake] is so awesome with technology. And then the teacher in me, that has actually grown to enjoy teaching science, remembers how awesome you were as a science teacher and the majority of your pics are about science, weather, and nature!”

She continues, her comment on Facebook in a reply to my mother’s comment discussed below.

“I loved having John as a teacher Grandma! We had so much fun in his class because he was passionate about what he was teaching! It makes a difference in the impact you have in your classroom!”

In a comment by my 88 year old mother and retired college professor, she reminded me to celebrate my successes. Life is like a war. Days with their changes are like battles. Parents can be various types of participants. I’ve been blessed with loving supportive parents. They still teach. This Facebook comment is a lesson we all need to remember when we are wondering why the hell we got into education or any career. Work hard, be passionate, listen more than you talk, and It’s all about the children.

“You should make a copy of AT’s complement and FRAME it!Nice to know your efforts were appreciated!” –Dr. Eugenia Q. Blake.

Thanks for the kind words Amanda Tedder and thanks for my mother’s comments. These are my two reasons for being in education: the children and I was born with it in my genetic code. I touch the future, I teach.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Hands On science activity

In my roll as technology facilitator, observing classroom activities keeps me looking for ways to use the technology teachers have. During this activity,

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Rainy weather


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I have not been updating this blog on a regular basis. I could blame it on getting lazy. Social media has drained many hours from my critical thinking and reflections. I am going to add this blog to my iPhone and iPad apps. This may make it easier for me to post.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Time Flies When Your Having Fun?

For some reason, I have not posted to this blog in a long time. No excuses, just haven’t. Maybe it was the fact that I typed in blakej in the URL window of my Safari browser and the URL to this blog was suggested that brought me back. Maybe it was the Tech Gods telling me to get back to basics. For some unknown reason, something lead me here.

I have never considered myself a writer. Putting words on a page is hard work for me. My thinking bounces from one idea to another and then wonders. I have never mastered the skills of writing blasted in my brain by countless and nameless teachers of yesterday. I write, just like I talk and that almost never produces marketable results. More often than not, my writing ends up closer to rants than raves. Is this not a reason to write? Blogs are not necessarily masterpieces.

Time does fly, when your having fun. Yesterday evening, my wife and I attended a wedding of the daughter of fellow educators. I taught in the same science department as the mother of the bride, and father of the bride taught in the health and physical education department. They seemed to have been handling the stress of the joyous event. I have seen both of them stressed to the maximum dealing with reluctant and defiant students, jubilant sports events, and shared coffee and donuts at a many a faculty meeting. I know when they are putting on a face and when they are really letting it all out. I knew the mother of the bride was comfortable when I looked at her feet and she had on her Rainbow sandals at the wedding reception. The father of the bride never broke out his coaches shoes or hunting boots, so he was stressing. I know what they are going through because as a father, I have been in his shoes and still the words fail me.

While attending the wedding, I was able to chat with a few friends that my busy life keeps getting in the way of seeing. We discussed our battle with our weight, and how things are changing in the world. No politics, just general stuff. It was a time to smile and dance and celebrate. I we did just that and like good school teachers, arrived home in time to watch the news.

I know no one but spambots will read this post, and I don’t blame them. It’s not much to read. It’s December, and I have a slight cold and I am too fat and old to worry about much.

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