Early Sunday evening, I did something I hadn’t done for in two weeks: I changed the channel on my television.
Before that, if I wasn’t either working or on my bike, two activities that took up a fair amount of time, I was stretched out on the couch watching the Olympics.
One year can make an extraordinary difference in life. During this week last year I was giving final exams for four classes I was teaching, and meeting daily with our college president about student advising. In the same week, I was struggling to finish the final projects for my two graduate classes. And a whole year stretched ahead of me until graduation, filled with the same grinding level of work and stress.
There was a time, and it wasn’t all that long ago, when I would have told you I didn’t need an iPad.
I might have told you I really, really wanted one. That each new generation was shinier and faster and looked even more than its predecessor like the absolute best option for reading magazines in the bathroom.
Many things have propelled us into the future and helped the expansion of technology. From the cell phone to the iPod and now on to tablets, there is no stopping the computer revolution. So, why just limit the accessibilities of a computer just to the home or workplace? How about we, as students, trade in for an upgrade ourselves?
I think I was in fourth grade the first time I set foot in the Minnesota State Capitol. I’m pretty sure it was a class trip, with all of us kids from Gaylord toting our cold meat sandwiches in brown paper bags. Heading to the big city of St. Paul, ready to see the sights we’d only read about in text books.
During one of the unseasonably warm weekends this winter, I scrubbed the carpets and polished all of the woodwork, so this year I decided to skip spring cleaning. That is, until a slight malfunction with one of my electronic gadgets spent me spinning unwillingly into a spring cleaning frenzy.
Education has been on a quest to create schools where every student is successful, meeting and exceeding the standards, while achieving their highest aspiration. While this is a noble goal it is complicated by today’s student who comes to school with widely different sets of knowledge, skills, talents, strengths, motivations and support.
What exactly do the Minnesota Wild have to do to put more tallies in the win column? This past off season they acquired star forwards Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from the San Jose Sharks, which was quite a bold move for the Wild — usually, new names on the ice are those “developing players” from the Houston Aeros. Why has this year been another horrible season for scoring goals?
I have something of a poster problem.
I’ll admit, as problems go, this falls somewhere on the low end of the scale. It’s not a serious illness. It’s not a family tragedy. It’s not even as bad as being strapped into one of those Clockwork Orange machines and forced to watch reruns of Mike and Molly.
I remember, years and years ago already, sitting through a Farmington City Council meeting (one of probably thousands) and watching the presentation for a new townhome development. I looked at the layout of the development. More importantly, I heard the price range and I thought, “Hey, that’s the one I’m going to buy.”
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