A sad ending as January turns to February. Mary Oliver, poet of exquisite detail and reverence for nature, died on January 17. For over five decades Mary Oliver’s poems served as snapshots of the natural landscapes and rhythms of life.
Take a minute, or two, or two hundred, and nurture yourself with Mary Oliver’s poems.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”
“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
Previous posts referencing Mary Oliver from this blog
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” ~Napoleon Hill
Read Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement
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Today the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission launched the Career Readiness handbook that is designed to help students in higher education identify and communicate their marketable skills as they prepare for the workforce after graduation.
Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes explained, “Texas’s higher education plan, 60x30TX, is a powerful and appropriate response to the changing nature of the U.S. economy and its job market. As the marketable skills goal states, we want all our undergraduate college students to graduate with marketable skills. This Career Readiness handbook is a guide to help Texans of all ages transition from student to employee, manager or entrepreneur.”
The Career Readiness handbook is part of collaborative efforts to help students improve their employability, and supports ongoing, complementary work in both agencies. Also, the Jobs Y’all career exploration campaign is an important advancement at the Texas Workforce Commission. Marketable skills are achieved through a variety of activities, including curricular programs, student leadership, volunteer efforts, internships, apprenticeships, and many other opportunities.
“We’ve listened to our state’s industry leaders and created an outreach campaign to meet employers’ needs by reaching our future workforce with an inspirational message that informs and inspires them to choose and prepare for exciting in-demand careers,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The Jobs Y’all career exploration campaign raises awareness among students, parents, counselors and teachers about the strength of Texas industries in attracting our future workforce and secures Texas as the best choice for a 21st century workforce.
The Career Readiness handbook is available online at http://www.60x30tx.com/resources/reports/.
It’s orientation in RDLA235- Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits
We’ve been getting to know each other in the Virtual Cafe and tomorrow we’ll start with our first content module on the culture we create for reading.
(Still time to enroll! Enroll here: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/
Orientation for my online course: RDLA235-Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits- starts tomorrow, Wednesday, 01/16/2019 – and runs through February 26, 2019.
Here is our course calendar:
Not too late to enroll at this link: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/
For the second Ed. Quotes, it is important to reaffirm the importance of the learning power of mistakes and respecting the unprogrammable flow of learning.
Often I have not known where I was going until I was already there. I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life has come to me or I have gone to it mainly by way of mistakes and surprises. Often I have received better than I have deserved. Often my fairest hopes have rested on bad mistakes. I am an ignorant pilgrim, crossing a dark valley. And yet for a long time, looking back, I have been unable to shake off the feeling that I have been led – make of that what you will. ~ Wendell Berry
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Achieve your ed-PD New Year Resolution with an @pbsteachers online course –
My course: RDLA235-Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits- starts Wednesday, 01/16/2019 – and runs through February 26, 2019.
Graduate credit offered too! Enroll at this link: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/
For the first quote of the New Year, it is important to reaffirm important principles of Pedagogy First.
“It is very easy to get mesmerized by the latest app, gadget, device, or tech tool. In order to experience the full potential of educational technology, focus on the foundation first. Pedagogy trumps technology.”
~ Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education
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It’s time for Goodreads’ 2019 Reading Challenge!
Click here to set your reading goal for the year and track your progress with the 2019 Reading Challenge. Already 941,000++ folks have made the pledge including my smart friend Donna who had pledged to read 50 books!!
There is not deadline to begin– begin anytime!!
Be sure to sign up and start reading today!