What Students Really Need to Hear

AFFECTIVE LIVING

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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Spring Back to Life

That first morning you wake up to birds chirping after a long, barren winter. It is perhaps one of the most foreign noises, but the familiarity of it all starts rushing back. A smile crawls across your face as you start to realize the winter is fading, and life is beginning once again. You look outside. Squirrels prance through unkept lawns. Birds glide effortlessly through the air. Grass is green. Trees are shades of pinks and white. Sky is blue. Clouds are fluffy and friendly, no longer gray and devious. That smile grows larger. You have an overwhelming sense of energy that just can’t be tamed by the thoughts of being indoors. Outside. You want to be outside. Smelling the dirt, feeling the breeze, basking in the sun, happily swatting insects away for the first time in what seems like ages. It all is so familiar. Being blissfully unaware of the fact that this all happened overnight. Somehow, during your deep slumber, everything came back to life. The bikers went back to their bike lanes. The runners went back to the sidewalks. The long boarders pulled their shorts back on. The children grabbed their basketballs and rushed outside. The smile grows to a full grin. Everything moves to an upbeat tune. The world is alive, and buzzing with joy. And the smiles, the smiles grow and grow.

Job Interview Makes People Appreciate Their Moms [VIDEO]

The Urban Daily

job-interview Some people hold jobs that never yield them a word of thanks or any positive recognition. They’re expected to just shut up and do their job because after all, it is their job. Well, in effort to teach people a lesson, a group of people posted a fake job description online and held real interviews. When the potential hires are made aware of their future responsibilities as the “Director of Operations,” things get a little crazy.

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Check out the video below to see what I mean.

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Wayne State Gets $325K Grant To Battle Invasive Species In Great Lakes

CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) — Foreign mussels hitchhiking to the Great Lakes in the ballast water tanks of international freighters are becoming one of the most vexing environmental problems facing the Great Lakes. 

A group of scientists from Wayne State University, in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency, are working together to battle this problem.

This invasion of zebra mussels and quagga mussels have caused dramatic ecological effects on the Great Lakes’ ecosystems, including changes in fish abundance, local extinction of native mussels and profound changes in benthic invertebrates, organisms that live on the bottom of bodies of water that are important to decomposition of organic matter and more.

With the help of a grant from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), scientists from Wayne State University are heading up research to help identify a chemical found in algae that may inhibit spawning in the invasive…

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Moving Too Fast

I will forever wonder about how things could be if just one second of one day were to play out differently. Just one second could change everything. Would I be rich? Famous? Poor? Alive? We seem to have our entire lives planned out, and run from one task to the next without a second to spare to just stop and THINK about everything happening around us. What if out of every hour we took just two minutes to stop, breathe, focus, reflect, and continue? Would life really be so different? But more importantly, are we willing to find out?