It’s been a while! Christina and I closed out the summer with an incredible trip to Walt Disney World, and in attempt to take my own advice (Live. For. Today.), I wanted to be present in our time there and really soak it in. I unplugged from social media and writing blog posts and loved every minute of it. It was the perfect conclusion to an amazing summer.
With that said, it is the day after labor day. You know what that means: BACK TO SCHOOL. Some of you may be parents that are sending your children off for the first time, some of you may have met this day with a sigh of relief now that your kids are no longer running a muck all day and all night at your house. Since my wife and I both work in schools, the day after labor day means it is time to get back to work and back to business.
To kick off this new school year, I have decided to embark on a journey of growth and expansion for myself. I do this as a way to parallel my request to my students to show up, put in effort, make mistakes and grow in class this year.
What is the area I seek to grow in? Long Distance Running. I am not a good runner. I hate everything about it. It makes my knees sore, my lungs ache and my feet throb. But, if I’m going to ask my students to challenge themselves to consistently work hard at something they’re not good at (math, in my case), I figured long distance running was a good fit for my challenge.
Just as my students will take a final exam in their Algebra class, I will be taking a final exam of my own: running a half marathon. It seems daunting right now, but I know that with consistent work and effort it will become achievable. I have also decided to document my progress and path through a mini blog that I will be sharing with my students every couple weeks. Along with my students, I will be sharing my journey here. Check out the video below and stay tuned for more progress to come.
Without further ado, I present to you….
As of right now, I can run about 3 miles on a good day. I know that it will be a long journey to 13.1, but it will be worth it. My hope is that I reach kids that are struggling with their own growth process in school and show them that it’s not only natural; it’s necessary.
Until next time…