This Year is Different

At Centerburg Local Schools, we are in our second year of using Google Apps for Education. In that short amount of time we have Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 12.33.08 PMbegun to see a shift in the way students and teachers share. As expected students and teachers are sharing resources, using collaborative docs and learning how to take full advantage of the tools provided by Google to support learning. Students are also sharing their thoughts and reflecting on the school year in their own blogs.

Take a look at a blog post written by one of our middle school students named Sierra.

Last year I didn’t do very well in school. I didn’t do all of my work. I didn’t really respect my teachers as well as I could have. I could have turned in my work and studied, but I didn’t, and that was a terrible mistake! I really regret not doing that.

I feel like I have let my grandpa Jerry down because of the grades I got last year. So that is why this year I have been working hard, doing my work and turning it in on time. I just want to please my grandpa Jerry. Even though he is no longer with us, I want to make him proud of me.

I want to do anything I can to get my grades up and stay up. So far this year I haven’t done bad. I have been turning in my work. I have talked to teachers about getting help when I need it. I have been asking questions and everything. I honestly am kinda proud of myself. I just want to be able to stay proud of myself.

I never (and I mean never!) asked questions last year, because I was too scared to. This year everything has changed. I know it may sound stupid, but it’s true. I am hanging out with new people who inspire me to do my best and want me to succeed. I am pretty sure that that is one of the reasons why I am doing so well this year. I have been getting pretty good grades on quizzes and test. I have been turning in my work, and giving my teachers respect. I think this year could change my life.

I use to not like Mrs. Simpson, but now she is one of my favorite teachers. All because I do my work, I study, and I treat her with respect. And because I do all of those things, she treats me with respect. She even sent a note home in the mail to me and my family about how proud she was of me. That made me cialis without prescription so happy and so proud. I don’t think anyone knew how happy I was. It made me one of the happiest people cheap viagra no prescription in the world. I loved that feeling, of someone being proud of me and for me to be proud of myself buy viagra canada at the same time. So, please treat your teachers with respect. If you do, you might be surprised at the response you get back.

I talked to Sierra this morning. She was giddy with excitement that some commented on her blog. I encourage you to leave her a few words of encouragement on her blog. What a difference a few words can make in the life of a child!

3 Comments

  1. Mr. Frey (Ontario, Canada) said:

    Wow! So impressive to read about someone who not only realized her mistake, but also did something about it. Congratulations on your success and best wishes as you meet life’s challenges with hard work and persistence. You are an inspiration!

    November 8, 2013
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  2. Tara said:

    Congratulations on making a decision to take the power back into your own hands! Education is a powerful tool and it’s pretty awesome to see you’ve learned this at such young but pivotal age. Keep up the hard work, it pays off.

    November 9, 2013
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  3. Ed said:

    That’s what it all about, isn’t it? Helping them make each of those commitments that will make life easier on down the road.

    November 9, 2013
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