So, this time around, I had my students read #8 in the book: "Focus on the Awesome." One thing that I think that is awesome is that my students are blogging. They don't all particularly enjoy it yet (but they will), but one thing I've noticed about my students over the years, anything that is different = hard = don't want to do it. Once it becomes easier for them, I anticipate that they will enjoy it.
Another thing that I think is awesome is the fact that one of the authors of the book is now following me on Twitter. Never thought that one day I would get excited about who was following me on Twitter. But then again, I never really thought I would be anywhere near active on Twitter either.
I'm hoping that the students will eventually not need the prompts I come up with the help them write their reflections, but here are the prompts they can mix and match for this particular assignment:
- Reflect on #8: “Focus on the Awesome”
- Do you agree with Brad and Kid President? Should we focus on the awesome?
- What might be some benefits on focusing on the awesome?
- What might make it difficult to focus on the awesome?
- Who is someone in your life that helps you to remember to focus on the awesome?
I do agree with Brad Montague (the one now following me on Twitter) and Robby Novak. We should focus on the awesome. It makes you feel better mentally, which will only help you feel better physically. It's not particularly easy to do, especially if you're predisposed to being negative. It's going to take practice.
There are some days that will happen where it just seems like nothing is going right. Those days might make it difficult to focus on the awesome. But, the fact that you can survive days like that and come out on the other side is pretty awesome if you think about it.
I think Robby Novak himself is a pretty good reminder to focus on the awesome. I especially feel this way since I've learned that he and his biological sister both have the same "Brittle Bone Disease" and were adopted by the Novaks. If he can focus on the awesome, I certainly can. The people who are currently in my life that help me to focus on the awesome are my best friend of 20 years, Christel, and her two boys (her youngest has a smile that can't be called anything other than awesome), and my students. My students can also make it hard to focus on the awesome, depending on the day and/or period, but the fact that I can be a part of their lives and maybe make a difference for them is absolutely awesome.