Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Best Part of My Day

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I love getting inspired from other teachers. Recently, I read two blog posts that inspired me! 

The first is a post by Carrie Wisehart. I love her blog! There's so much there...I even love her About Me Page. Last week, she turned forty and blogged about a birthday gift that turned into a student challenge. The challenge is called #dollardifference. A friend gave her forty dollar bills and challenged her to do something creative. She passed the dollars onto her high school students and asked them to make a difference. WOW! I'm figuring out how to do that with my middle school students. Changing the world while teaching...what's better than that?!?!

This weekend, I came across this post by another Carrie...Carrie Baughcum. She blogs at Heck Awesome.  I love Carrie's positive attitude! She poses the question: How do I share when it's a tough year? When we, as teachers, spend time on social media we need to balance the honest with the positive. Carrie's solution is BRILLIANT! She calls it #TheBestPartOfMyDay. Each day she searches for the best part and then tweets it out with this hashtag. I joined in today!! I hope you'll join too. 

If you are looking for brilliant new blogs to add to your reading, I hope you stop by and read the life and times of Carrie Wisehart and Carrie Baughcum! When we tell our stories, we make each other better.

12 comments:

  1. This post made me happy too. :) I love that idea for a present. I think I might do that with my own children. Each year I could give them their age in dollars and ask them to make a difference in the world with it. Thanks for that!

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  2. I will check out these blogs. Both are new to me. AND you always have wonderful suggestions.

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  3. Two great ideas. I like the idea of everyday examining and figuring out the best part.

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  4. I see a theme today! Thanks, Michelle for some new blogs to read!

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  5. I have never read either of these blogs, so I will take a peek during my two hour fog delay today! I love that hashtag! What a great, motivating idea! Your last line is perfect! YOU make ME better! Have a great day, Michelle.

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  6. Both ideas are so positive, Michelle. It's the people in our lives that make us better we ought to thank over and over. I hope these two bloggers see this post. They will love it. I saw your note on FB-great idea!

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  7. Love these ideas Michelle! Thank you for finding and sharing. I'm going to check them out now!

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  8. Wonderful inspiration indeed. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. OH MICHELLE!! Thank you so much for including me in this post. We just never know who our words will reach and the meaning they will have on others. I can't wait to check out the other Carrie's blog and check out her idea! You are right...and I love that you are reminding your readers..."When we tell our stories, we make each other better."

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  10. Michelle, this post is full of good ideas. I saw your post-it this morning and I smiled at your #TheBestPartOfMyDay note. I think I told you that I wanted to show the teachers I work with your notebook pages. I did yesterday and asked them to check out your blog for more great ideas. I am going to send you the slides I created with all pluses about you and your students. That should make another #TheBestPartOfMyDay note for you.

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  11. Carrie's idea is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I've been seeing your #thebestpartofmyday posts on Facebook. I love this idea! And that final line: "When we tell our stories, we make each other better." That's one for my writer's notebook!

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