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I had a holiday, did you?

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Thoughts

Welcome to 2012.

My family and I stayed here in Singapore this holiday for Christmas. We thought about going home, but the tickets were just too crazy. So instead we spent some time here and explored.

One of the activities we did was go to the Science Center to see the dinosaur exhibit. Ben loved the area where he could dig for bones and pretend to be an archeologist. At first he was nervous about the size of the robotic lifesize dinos, but once we decided they are puppets, he was just fine.

Later we spent some time at the Singapore Aquarium. Luke was facinated by the fish but was confused as too why he could not touch them.

After Christmas we went to the offroad RC track to take my new truck for a ride. Ben’s lambourgini did not do to well and ended up losing a mirror. We may need to upgrade his.

Overall it was a very relaxing holiday!

Points or Points

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Thoughts, Uncategorized

I was just thinking, “You know what is awesome? Points.”

So , here is my thought, how about we get rid of table points and move to whole class points. What do you think?

The voting through the pole will decide.

Happiness Is…a conversation

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Thoughts

Have you ever wondered what happiness is? It can be a lot of things. Sometimes it is a reassuring touch, a gift perhaps a high five from a friend. Maybe for you it is finishing that level on a video game, knowing you are now on level 2!

For me today, happiness is a conversation. I took the opportunity today to talk with our schools superintendent. If you are not sure what a superintendent is, they are the person who over sees all school functioning. They are the educational leader for a school or district. They help decide policy, employee teachers, in basic sense they are the big boss.

Being that I am new to this school I still have new person questions. You know, like many of you do when you start a new grade in school. Students often have “My last teachers…” or “In my old class…” questions. People become use to a certain way of doing something. I was use to doing things a certain way from my old school in Shanghai. So when I came here I assumed that the same would be true in Singapore.  So teachers are the same. Kids become use to their old teachers, teacher become use to old schools. We have “In my old school…” and “Back in this school we…” statements instead of ” My old teacher’.

I was having one of these days.  I had some questions about they way things were. Now as a lesson there are two ways to handle things. The first is to sit, and worry and talk with people who really can not answer your question. They other choice, is to go ask someone who can provide you some answers. So that is what I did, I went and asked my questions. I know, I am now the example of going out and being brave. In future comic books it will be me, spiderman and wolverine sitting around, drinking coffee and walking baout how awesome we are.

My superintendent Brent Mutsch was really positive, welcoming and took the time to really address what I was asking. More importantly, our conversation got me to reflect on what we talked about. Leaving I was really happy, one of those, bounce in your step moments when you realize something so you are really, fundamentally and whole happy.

At any rate, our discussion was very good and I left understanding more about the “whys” of my new school.

As a student have you ever had any big “why do we questions”? What did you do about it? Share some of your experiences.