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Sunday, February 19, 2012

43 Revolutions

    This week marked my forty-third revolution of the sun.  Each revolution spirals me back a little older and wiser.  Life is always a surprise around here.  I never know what will be ahead, but it is always a grand adventure.  I am even learning to feel comfortable in my own skin and loving the imperfect me.
     To celebrate, I completed forty-three acts of kindness for all my fellow traveler's on this revolution.  So many wonderful friends took up the challenge and spread loving acts of kindness into the universe for the best birthday ever.  They made cookies for another family, befriended someone sitting alone at lunch, accepted undeserved criticism with grace, paid for a young girl unable to afford to go to a music summer camp and a student who couldn't afford to take a class needed to graduate on time.  They provided food for boys at a wrestling meet, took co-workers out to lunch, volunteered time to help register new students, were more genuine with their students, and switched schedules with a co-worker so she could go back to school.
     The following list is an act of kindness for each of my revolutions, but as my daughter says, if it is tl:dr (too long; didn't read), then the epiphany is: Be nice to each other!

  1. Used my free period to make school easier for some kids in study skills.
  2. Counseled kids about their grades for another team of teachers.
  3. Built a website for three teachers.
  4. Made blankets for children with cancer at the local children's hospital.
  5. Volunteered to do two assignments for my team when everyone was having a rough week.
  6. Provided treats to make a difficult meeting a little bit better for everyone.
  7. Listened to a friend's problems even though I was really sick and wanted to go to bed.
  8. Gave treats to kids for having all of their assignments turned in for a month.
  9. Presented to a roomful of principals as a favor for my principal.
  10. Taught two classes for free.
  11. Presented to English teachers in the district.
  12. Donated money to a student so she can be a student ambassador this summer.
  13. Let another teacher use my room after a student was sick in his room.
  14. Helped a friend when she was really sick.
  15. Agreed to take a new position at work because it will help more kids.
  16. Sent a kind e-mail to smooth hurt feelings. 
  17. Helped people see in a new way.
  18. Created a lesson for three teachers.
  19. Gave up several class periods to help students with projects for other classes.
  20. Let a cute future teacher interview me for her assignment for 2 hours on a Friday night.
  21. Planned fun activities for intervention time at school.
  22. Taught a six-week class because no one else could take it.
  23. Did something for a friend that he forgot to do himself.
  24. Listened to a woman going through a hard time, even though we aren't friends.
  25. Registered future students for three hours.   
  26. Stayed up late talking about philosophy to a girl on her own revolutions.
  27. Helped students struggling with an assignment for another class.
  28. Organized a folder with a new teacher for his evaluation this week.
  29. Met with new teachers to help them with their needs.
  30. Spent lunch time listening to a student going through a hard time.
  31. Helped two new teachers with students. 
  32. Signed up as a mentor for student writers.
  33. Created a project that helped my students take pride in their thinking.
  34. Stayed for an extra hour after school for three days to help students with homework for another class.
  35. Listened to every person present their vision boards, even though everyone else left when they were done with their own presentations.
  36. Let a friend use some of my ideas to help her with another presentation.
  37. Recorded the chapter of the textbook for struggling readers and their teachers.
  38. Gave templates and suggestions to help some teachers with an upcoming lesson.
  39. Proofread a friend's paper for him.
  40. Gave someone another chance.
  41. Made a sick girl smile and feel a little less alone.
  42. Inspired others to do acts of kindness the past few weeks.
  43. Let someone vent at me for days, even when none of it was my fault.  
Thanks to Robin Bomar for the inspirational idea!      

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! Busy days as a teacher... and people think we don't do much during the day or after school!

    I love your idea of doing acts of kindness corresponding to your age for your birthday!