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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Braden Bin - 5/20/16

You learn something new everyday

#Truth



What I'm Reading:  Low-stakes Writing 

  • Love the idea of letting students...just....write.  Get them comfortable writing, not worrying about process or product.  Just write.  


What I'm Reading *Bonus:   How to Use Snapchat to Tell the Story of Your School


  • I really think this is going to work out better than Twitter in terms of telling a story.  Twitter is great for professional learning and networking and I don't plan on putting that away anytime soon (follow me @Mr_Braden).  
  • There are so many possibilities with Snapchat and I am really excited to learn more about them!  
What I'm Watching:  

  • We talk about "grit"  being one of the key ingredients to success.  Educators rack their brains on the reg about how to instill it into their students.  I don't have any answers, just this awesome scene from one of my favorite movies.   
  • Is it too early to be excited for college football season?  #GoIrish
What I'm Watching *Bonus:  

How awesome is this little moment that was captured between a father and son?  
Go Cubs Go!

That's it, folks!  Short one this week but as always, thank you for taking time out of your day to read what I have to say.  I hope you are enjoying it and if you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave them in a comment!  Salud! 


Friday, May 13, 2016

The Braden Bin - 5/13/16

What I'm reading:  


  • As a lover of sports, I kind of get it.  As an educator, I don't.  Perhaps it's because the next burb over has THIS to play in now.  Maybe they think it will entice people to move there?  Honestly, I'm very happy Plano residents didn't have to make that decision in a recent bond election.  
  • Anyways, it's nice to get recognition in the New York Times, but I wonder if they wish it had more to do with, I don't know, something educational? 


Music I'm jamming to:    Mr. Little Jeans - Good Mistake


 What I'm Watching:  
  • Avery had her 3rd lung surgery (4th surgery overall) last week.  We recently learned that it was a successful surgery, the tumor was removed and there were clean margins!  Anyways, before her first surgery, the doctor warned us that it would be important for her to use exercise her lungs in the first few days after the surgery in order to help them heal.  Avery had shown a proclivity to playing the harmonica around the house prior to the first surgery so we thought, why not bring it to the hospital?
  • She certainly had a few jam sessions on that hospital bed but none as #Powerful as the session we captured on video below.  As you can see in the second video, the nurses caught wind of  her performance and stopped by for a peak.  
  • P.S.  We have NO IDEA how she learned those idiosyncrasies of a harp jammer.  

       Keep in mind...this is 2 days after surgery.  




   

Quote I'm Pondering:  


  • My last few years in the classroom, right around this time of the year, I would put a countdown on my board that my students weren't always fond of.  Rather than counting down the days until the last day of school, we counted down the days until the first day of school, next year.  
  • Of course, summer break is one of the greatest perks of being an educator.  A chance to recharge, spend time with family, relax, etc.  But, as I've said in past posts, I really really love school.  I love the people I work with - both adults and students.  Change your mindset, make a difference.  


What I'm Eating:  
  • I know, who cares what I'm eating?  But, I'm eating something, right now, that has compelled me to start a new category on The Braden Bin. 
  • I just had Tacos from Fiesta (the grocery store) brought to me and they are, without a doubt, the best tacos I've ever eaten.  I had NO IDEA they had tacos at Fiesta.  
  • If you said there are better tacos somewhere else, I'd call you a professional fib maker.  
  • If you live anywhere near a Fiesta Mart, go get ya a taco...tell them Ben sent you.