Samuel Adams

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My fifth-grade class was conducting research on Loyalists vs Patriots pre-Revolutionary War. Students were assigned Benjamin Franklin, Lord Dunmore, Tom Hutchinson, Mercy Otis Warren, or Samuel Adams.

One of my students was perplexed.

“I have Samuel Adams and I don’t understand this word:  ‘lager'”.

 

Page Ten*

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Carlos and Minji continued to ignore Kevin. Day after day, Kevin remained silently hopeful, only to be crushed by dismissal bell.

One day, Ms. Meretta made an announcement.

“Class, we have a new student. Her name is Lily. Please introduce yourselves throughout the day and make her feel welcome.”

The new student walked to her desk and sat down.

 

*(From my next book, Kevin the Complainer)

Page 8* (tentatively)

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“Well, then I QUIT!” Kevin stormed off.

 

It was awkward at lunch. The three always ate lunch together.

Minji and Carlos were eating their lunch and Kevin had to sit by himself.

He was sorry, but couldn’t bring himself to go and apologize.

So he ate his cricket sandwich with jackfruit jelly and felt sorry for himself.

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*From my next book, Kevin the Complainer

Excerpt from “Kevin the Complainer”*

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Ms. Meretta was teaching a new math lesson.

Kevin looked out the window. The storm subsided and the sun was out. He wished he could be outside, playing Kick and Cover.

“Kevin, pay attention. You need to learn this,” Ms. Meretta said.

Sighing heavily, Kevin muttered, “I knew this was going to be a bad day.”

 

 

*my second self-published children’s book – check out “Esther, Mia and the Stars“!

 

 

Good Morning

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At school, Kevin,  Carlos, and Minji greeted each other in their usual way.

“Hi guys,” Carlos said.

“Good morning,” Minji smiled.

“If you say so,” Kevin moaned.

 

Carlos and Minji rolled their eyes.

 

<<From Kevin the Complainer, my work-in-progress>>

Tired of Starting Over?

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Today’s motto (for me) is “just do it.”

 

I’m in the middle of the National Board of Certification process and one requirement is to take two 15-minute videos of myself teaching and to analyze them. In order to do this, I must view the videos. Repeatedly.

Ugh.

I do not like to hear myself – alone see myself – on screen.

At last, I did it. And you know what? It wasn’t terrible.

So, today, I encourage you to “just do it.” If it needs to be done, but you dread it, know that it’s OK.

If you need a more aggressive motivational message, watch Shia below:

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