I dislike the increasing duplicate paper work. Either on paper or the computer, but not both. Bureaucrats need to do some teacher shadowing to see how our jobs really work However depressing the changes to teacher remuneration may be, once your classroom door is closed it is still a wonderful job! I thoroughly enjoy teaching and making a difference in children's lives. It is an honour to be in this role. I feel torn between targets driven by government and knowing the children as individuals and giving them the best I can.
Children are people not targets! I wish for more freedom to do my job better and trust to do this rather than being driven by constantly changing paperwork! I am planning to retire in the next three years, so am no longer interested in promotion. I was a latecomer to the teaching profession, and have never had a job I enjoyed as much or received as much satisfaction from. It is hard work though, and requires a lot of energy and commitment to do the job properly.
Teaching was never going to be an easy ride. It is for those who enjoy being challenged and enjoy children. It is not for those who want an easy job with 'a 12 week holiday' or people who do not like children. Teaching in the classroom is a joy. However, increasing redundancies and changes make the job more and more difficult.
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Planning has become more and more about ticking off criteria, decreasing the time available to produce creative, productive and effective planning. The new Ofsted criteria has been reduced so far that it could be interpreted in different ways. The social studies teacher discussed the geography of Kazakhstan. The reading teacher read the history of the Russian space program. The English teacher had the students write thank you letters to to company in Germany, and to the cosmonaut. There was no confirmation during the mission that Smurf was even aboard.
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Fluhr watched the "bright star" pass overhead that long summer, wondering how things were going. Then on September 12, , the cosmonaut and cargo from the Space Station landed in Russia- with the Smurf and pictures. Several months later, the box arrived.
He had word ahead, and watched as the Hawley postman came up Spruce Street and delivered Astro Smurf to his mailbox. Fifty three million miles, more than orbits around the Earth traveling through space at 17, miles an hour- and the dream was fulfilled, having departed from the Hawley Post Office and returned home in the hands of a Hawley mail carrier over a year later. Photos sent back from the cosmonaut showed the Smurf floating in a window of the Space Station observation cupola.
Outside, the big round Earth hung to one side; a docked Soyuz space capsule was situated just outside The school photos were clearly visible, affixed to the window sill. Lest anyone think the space pictures were faked, Fluhr notes that under magnification, one can detect not one but six reflections of the floating Smurf in the glass window. The Space Station windows have six panes of glass, for protection from micro-meteoroids.
Fluhr have several presentations at the school, showing the proud and beaming kids the pictures and items that represented a mission accomplished, a dream fulfilled. One boy, upon holding the Smurf again, said,"I really touched something that went to space! Fluhr said that what excites him the most is to involve the 7th and 8th graders, and see them inspired by this adventure. For Fluhr, he smiled that although he could not get to space, his Smurf did. One of the school's English teachers put it this way, "This toy had already been in space many times in a child's imagination How fantastic is it that this time it really got to go.
For Astro Smurf, Fluhr said it was hard to top this, and he the toy deserved a retirement from being shot into the air, burned up, seized, and fired into outer space.
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He said he'd like it to be go to a museum some day. For now, it is proudly placed in a glass cabinet in the main lobby of the Lehman Intermediate School, along with the photos of the kids and those taken in space. He said he wanted to help spark in the kids aspirations for America's space program. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, he said that in the public imagination, space in some sense has taken a back seat. They can learn that dreams are possible, even if it takes 30 years- you can still make it happen.
By Peter Becker Managing Editor Dreams can come true, even those that reach for the stars- literally. Joseph Fluhr found out. Then reality set it. But there were always the stars. If he couldn't go, why not send his old friend, his test pilot?
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We refer to his Astro Smurf. Maybe he could send his childhood Smurf toy into orbit. How in the Universe did Fluhr do it? Let's go back some 30 years. They learned he was a science teacher, and offered to send a picture of the students as well. And also give yourself the grace to be a dad. Ultimately, that will pay the biggest dividends. In time, as they grow, you will hopefully be able to bring more balance to your time management of your schedule, but for now, cherish the interruption of their love! Best wishes as you continue to pursue your dreams!
Yeah, my wife and boys are definitely 1st priority right now… then comes work, freelance work, my blog, my podcast…… ;-. But good point on the 5 minutes here and there. Well I enjoyed the whole thing but especially loved 4! It is SO easy to forget that the little tiny steps which we repeatedly give attention, at some point become large successful accomplishments! I like how concretely you spell this out with that list of examples.
Seeing your list of recent achievements and dream fulfillments is really motivating and inspiring. I have been reading a great book The Happiness Project which inspired me to write down all the pesky little unfinished business weighing me down. The weight of the world fits into a few easy categories that need to be organized in my world: After making my list and reading your post, i am very motivated to tackle my unfinished business step by step until it is done.
And then i will maintain it!
This post resonates with me as well. While I have many dreams, I realize that I need to choose and define one at a time 1. I need to just start!
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My biggest dream is to be able to support myself through my writing and quit my day job, so your story hits close to home for me! The biggest step for me was 3: I hired a coach to help me create a business around my blog. I usually have a hard time asking for help or spending money, but this was one of the best decisions I ever made. Thanks for this post! Your blog is always refreshing—most people who have achieved your level of success get really stuck on themselves, but you seem to have skipped that step.
Being able to fulfill dreams big and small is a fine thing, thanks for a few tips on how you got it done: Joshua, Congrats on your ebook anniversary! You have given some wonderful tips here for fulfilling a dream. I love that the first thing you have is to choose a dream. Awesome article and very helpful for me as I embark on some life changing adventures that have required me choose a solo life for a while. Really great to read these responses! Our team has built a site called Payoff. Part of our premise is, we think budgets suck!
There is nothing inherently wrong with keeping a budget and it can be useful for some people after understanding why they are budgeting. The main problem we at Payoff have with budgets is that they are not the panacea they are made to seem in the world of personal finance. A budget alone does not ensure success with your finances. A good handle on the big picture can accomplish far more than even the most carefully crafted of budgets. People need to start with their dreams and goals. Where do they want to go in life?
What do they want to accomplish? This is the context that makes caring about the details of money worthwhile. Once people clearly articulate their dreams and goals, they may better exhibit the restraint in their spending that budgets are meant to encourage more naturally without the drudgery of pie charts and spreadsheets. Clearly articulating your dreams and goals pays off! Sharing your dreams and goals with a group of encouraging supporters pays off!
Helping other people accomplish their dreams and goals pays off! Living within your means and having the money to fulfill your dreams pays off! What do you do if you have no dreams? How do people develop interests and dreams? How do people identify their talents? I would love to hear some ideas. Each cycle each day we work and we play, We wait for the nighttime to take us away. We dream of all the things we may do, Then we hope that our dreams and our wishes come true. But time it moves on relentlessly, Not waiting one second for you or for me. Give yourself some credit: I was lucky to know what I wanted to do most when I was still at school.
Three more lifetimes have passed and I have fulfilled most of my dreams that I had back then, but more dreams keep coming, and I doubt that will ever stop and hope that too! A dream is about imagining yourself having or achieving something that you want.. You can then look back and wonder how you made it and probably cry as it all rolls into one.
You do it twice, and you believe in yourself. Do what makes you happy. The world owes you nothing. This is the beginning of your long journey of learning. I wish you the best of luck on your new physical, emotional and spiritual journeys. No one was born knowing what he wanted to be. By being exposed to new experiences, we gradually find out what makes us happy, what makes us angry.
When I was young, I got very angry when I saw trees being cut down in my neighbourhood, and it showed me that protecting the Earth was my passion. In a couple of months I will completely change my life moving abroad as I always dreamed of. I have a lot of fear though! What about when you share your dream with others, with friends they discourage you? What if there is noone to support you? Good for you in doing something for yourself! It will give you even more independence, build your confidence even more, and will help you learn what life throws at people.
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Are their own fears speaking out at you? This is what holds them back from achieving their dreams. What should you listen to, fear, or hope? I want to become a famous fashion designer or an actress, but what if my dreams are too big? Hi friends, its wonderful piece of writing regarding cultureand completely defined, keep it up all the time. Vous recherchez avant chercher vous.