It’s early September, and in this part of the world that means back to school and back to the rewarding work of learning together. Our new crop of bloggers will start learning how to access, read, and comment on blogs during the coming weeks. If you think we should visit your blog, please leave a link.
I will confess, I have often felt the word “awesome” is over-used. I had an awesome weekend. My bike is awesome. It would be awesome if I could borrow your pencil. Are those things truly awesome? If we say they are when other words are more accurate, does the word awesome loose its meaning and power?
Then this summer I traveled to a beautiful part of our country called Haida Gwaii. While on our journey aboard the 52 ft sailboat Sölskin we kept a journal called Our Book of Awesome fashioned after Neil Pasricha’s The Book of Awesome in which he zooms in on those specific gems in the day that he calls simple, universal little joys .
Each day at dinner we would talk and then write about the special moments in the day that stood out for us. One day I wrote that it was awesome that I didn’t get seasick; on another I marveled at the beauty of the bald eagle I saw. Capturing with my camera its translucent eyelid as it blinked was awesome indeed. Then there was that time I was able to stand on my tippy toes and reach the perfect huckleberry. Awesome.
And here we are, at the beginning of new school year. We’re about to embark on ten months of learning together. I think we should be on the lookout for awesome. I am convinced it’s everywhere if we just notice it.
Let’s pay attention to those simple, universal little joys–those awesome moments– every single day.
Kid President gives us a pep talk in the video below, reminding us that we are all teachers and students. In his silly way, he invites us to think about what we’re teaching the world– and to be more awesome, because “life is school and you gotta show up”.
What do you think of his message? What do you teach the world? What are you learning from the teachers in your life? And what awesomes have you noticed since school started? Please teach us!
We’re hiring! Looking for a few good men Huzzahnians…
Ms. Steak is on the street looking for future Huzzahnians.
The call has gone out and applications for the position of Grade 7 students are pouring in. Ms. Steak is reviewing each candidate carefully. What do you think–do these applicants have what it takes to be a Grade 7 Huzzahnian?
Some applicants let her know how wonderful they are right away:
I would love to apply as a Grade 7 student. I am very amazing and hope I meet your expectations. ~Kaiden
I would love to apply for the position of Grade 7 student, just like I did for that unicorn raising job, which was very cool. My friends and family told me I’d do great. (Not really. They just said go to Grade 7.) ~Roxanne
I am the best student you’ll ever have (sometimes)…So when I get this job, and I know I will, you will be proud! ~Julia
Many have special talents:
I have a great number of eating trophies from the USSR, but sadly I got kicked out for trying to eat the national monument. ~Kyle
If you accept me you will never regret it. I am a genius. I am an awesome cartoonist and I could make millions if I showed the world my talents. ~Noah
One of my qualities is that I am athletic. I play soccer and I make Ronaldo look like he has never touched a soccer ball before. ~Spencer
I am also creative and raise unicorns with moustaches in my backyard. Just kidding. See? Creative. ~Adena
I am such a fabulous genius. I have created a miniature ferris wheel that can hypnotize anyone, even Superman. ~Tristan
Some have fabulous personalities:
I am very easy going so I know, like, legitimately, positively that EVERYONE will like me. I’m not even kidding. Everyone loves me. ~Sophie
I am a great role model, and am nice and friendly. I will try my best to work hard and listen. And I have great manners. ~Trevor
A few were making excuses already:
I will try my best to listen and work hard but I can’t come to school on all days that end in a Y because I have to make McNuggets at McDonalds. ~Cole
You should know that I have very important meetings in NY (New York) and may not get to do homework. ~Chelsey
Some know how to…appeal to Ms. Steak:
I would like to, wait, no, LOVE to be a student in your Grade 7 class! It would be an honour. ~Summer
You sound like an amazing teacher! I’m very quiet in and out of class and won’t waste your time with stupid questions. ~Melanie
All the teachers have said that I have been a very good student and that I listen to the teacher at all times. ~Reece
There were a few perfect students in the pile:
I am known as the teacher’s pet. Everyday I will bring and apple for the teacher. NEVER will I be late or miss one day of learning; all my homework will be finished before it is due. ~Kehana
I truly believe that I would be a fantastic Grade 7 student because I’m funky fresh and have an extraordinary sense of humour. I also have convinced myself that I have a fabulous voice that I can keep quiet at the right time. ~Josh
Some applicants shared their limitations:
I would also like to inform you that my greatest dislike of all is my arch enemy…BROCCOLI (scream). ~Liam
My least favourite subject is math because it requires hard work and smartness. ~Bekkam
I am amazing at art. It’s just…I have no control over a pencil (I got my mom to write this for me). I have not sense in colour, pictures, or shadowing. But aside from all that, I make a great artist! ~Elysa
Others knew how to wrap it up with a bit of begging:
So, Ms. BBQ–I meant Ms. Steak, I hope you will accept me as a great Grade 7 student. ~Monica
I hope my good manners, leadership skills, and awesome personality will help you make the right decision for this awesome job! ~Maddy
I have just informed you of all the reasons why you should let me into Grade 7. I hope you don’t make a “mistake” and not pick me. ~Becky
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So the pressure is on. Ms. Steak is finalizing her list of new hires for the 2012 – 2013 team. What do you think? What qualities should she be looking for in her new students? Leave us a comment, we’ll let her know.
Yes, I do enjoy my status as Queen of the Universe. I am quite spoiled, I admit, but I do like it when people obey. Things like–oh–well, most people do say hello when I say hello to them. And if I ask them to pass me a pencil, they do. Most are agreeable to listening when I speak, and many will follow me to the library when I lead. As for the treats my loyal nave Bob brings me in the picture above, well, those are less common than I might wish. Sigh.
But the other part of being Queen: being tough. Being stern. Having high expectations. I am all about that. And I have good reviews in that department.
See? So, what advice do you have for me as Queen of the Universe? If you were me, what would you expect from your loyal subjects? And how would you go about getting it?