Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today's world it has become a necessity. ~Author Unknown

I know that a three day weekend is hardly a real vacation, but I think we tend to hit the first days of school with such force that we very quickly wear ourselves out. Hopefully, we have all made it through these first two weeks in one piece and have come to a fairly clear understanding of what lies ahead.

By now you should all know where your classes are, what you will be expected to do in each one, and I'm sure you have sized up all of your teachers. I would encourage all of you to take the time over this weekend to not only relax and regroup, but to also reflect on the past two weeks. What have you learned that can help you be successful this year? What resolutions can you return to school with on Tuesday that will help you reach your fullest potential?

For my part, I intend to use this time to reevaluate my plans for the semester and make sure that I am ready for the big push to Thanksgiving. That's right; I said Thanksgiving. By my understanding, we don't have many three-day weekends this semester, so this is a rare opportunity for us to have an extra day of rest to charge our batteries and refocus our efforts.

I hope to see you all well rested and ready to go on Tuesday. Take a deep breath while you can, because we have a lot of work to do.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A New Year

I would like to start this blog off with a quote that I believe is always relevent, but which seems even more important at the beginning of a new endeavor, like a new school year. This quote has become my all-time favorite and will probably be finding a home on a wall in class in the very near future.

If we did all that we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves. -Thomas Edison

I love this quote because it reminds me that we are able to achieve so much more than we give ourselves credit for. We constantly let doubts and fears stand in our way, when we should be looking for opportunities to push our limits.

We are embarking on this journey together, and I invite all of you to join me in my task to live a life of astonishment by doing all we are capable of each and every day.