EduQuote of the Week: May 23 – August, 2016

door quotes

Even if we never talk again after tonight, please remember that I am forever changed by who you are and what you meant to me

 

 

EduQuote of the Week will return next fall.

Happy last weeks of school!

Leave a comment

Filed under Education, Education Blog, Ignatian Education, Jesuit Education, Teach & Serve, Teacher, Teacher, Teacher Blog, Teacher Quote of the Week, Teaching, Teaching Blog, Teaching Quote of the Week

Link’n’Blogs – 5.20.16 – Failure Is An Essential Element Of Success

LincolnLogsDetail


Related Content from And There Came A Day


I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

Anna Almendarala gets it. She knows that, in order to realize success, we have to undestand failure. In a recent article by Ms. Almendarala in the Huffington Post, she cites the curriculum vitae that Johannes Haushofer, an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs, posted online last week. It listed not his achievements and successes, but his failures. It made a brilliant point in a very cool way: don’t the thinks we reached for and missed say as much about us as those things we succeeded at grasping?

Failure Is An Essential Element of Success

Leave a comment

Filed under Link'n'Blog

Star Trek at 50 Years – Week Twenty: Star Trek 2017 Teaser

Star Trek Celebrates 50 Years

star_trek_50th_anniversary_logo


To commemorate 50 years of boldly going where no one has gone before, And There Came A Day presents a weekly countdown to September 8, 2016 – 50 years to the day of the premiere of Star Trek.


Related content from And There Came A Day

Star Trek at 50 Years – Week Nineteen

Star Trek at 50 Years – Week Eighteen

Star Trek at 50 Years – Week Seventeen

Star Trek at 50 Years – Week Sixteen


January 2017, get here soon!

Leave a comment

Filed under Star Trek, Star Trek 50th Anniversary, Star Trek 50th Anniversary Countdown

Teach & Serve No. 40 – You Changed My Life

Teach & Serve 

No. 40 * May 18, 2016


Related Content from And There Came A Day:


You Changed My Life

Working in schools isn’t like painting a wall. Teachers don’t get to blue tape the edges of their students and fill in the gaps until they are fully colored and vibrant.

 
Mid-May in schools is rife with many emotions. Teachers and administrators are ready to bid the year farewell and to get to summer vacation. Mid-May brings with it the promise that an opportunity for rest and recharging is not far away. Certainly there are some obstacles yet to clear what with exams or grading final projects, cleaning out of classrooms and turning in of reports, packing up material and checking out of buildings. Though the end is nigh, there are still things to do.

Our students have things to do, too and they normally don’t accomplish one of the most critical tasks of the end of the school year. With varying degrees of seriousness and success, they approach their final projects and tests. They clean out their lockers. They sign their yearbooks and they say their goodbyes. But they typically leave out something very important.

Many summers down the road, water passed under bridges, calendar pages turned, former students realize they forgot something back in the spring months of their school days. At some point in the journey of their lives they recognize what happened and some seek out former instructors to tell them something profound: “you changed my life.”

It’s not entirely fair to expect students living in these mid-May moments to understand what has occurred in their lives. Some do. Some know the debts of gratitude they owe. Some are able to articulate this to their teachers. But the vast majority have not the breadth of knowledge, the introspection or the reflective capacity to get it. They haven’t lived enough life and that’s okay. As educators, we know that our students are not finished products. They have more to learn.

And so do we because, in the mid-May morass, we are just as likely to forget to acknowledge to ourselves that we have, in fact, changed lives.

paintingWorking in schools isn’t like painting a wall. Teachers don’t get to blue tape the edges of their students and fill in the gaps until they are fully colored and vibrant. Teachers don’t get to see the results of the hours of preparation and the early mornings and the late nights. Teachers don’t know the seeds they are planting as they are dropping them in fertile ground. Teachers don’t know the affect they have until long after they have had it.

At this moment, I know full well that many of your students are not paying attention to you in class, are pushing every button you have, are just as ready to be away from you as you are from them. I know that many of us are just as ready for summer as our charges are. I know that there is much to accomplish and much to do. I know this. But I know something else, too. In mid-May teachers need this critical perspective and I would like to provide it.

Please allow me to remind all the teachers and coaches and administrators and educational professionals: you have changed lives these last nine months. Please allow me to say something about this profound work:

Thank you.

You have changed lives.

Treasure giving that gift, even if those who receive it are not always able to acknowledge that they have.

Leave a comment

Filed under Education, Education Blog, Ignatian Education, Jesuit Education, Teach & Serve, Teacher, Teacher, Teacher Blog, Teaching, Teaching Blog

The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 11 – May 17, 2016


Related Content from And There Came A Day:


I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read 6 comics last week:  Batman #52, Darth Vader #20, Star Trek #57, Action Comics #52, Avengers #9 and Black Panther #2.

The best comic I read last week was Black Panther #2.

 

Black Panther

This pick isn’t because I enjoyed Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War as much as I did, though that enjoyment certainly helps. This pick is because Black Panther isn’t like any other comic book I am reading right now. The reaction I have to it reminds me of how I felt about Matt Fraction’s “Hawkguy” run on “Hawkeye” – page-after-page, I am surprised by this comic, its complexity and its depth. This is not a typical, 10 minute read as most comics are. No, this is some deep stuff.

I don’t remember when I first encountered Brian Stelfreeze’s art, but I suspect it was way back on Shadow of the Bat. He’s a master storyteller and I am just amazed at how he’s changed his style and how perfect a fit for the character of Black Panther Stelfreeze is. ably supported by Laura Martin’s rich color palette, Stelfreeze’s art alone is reason enough to buy the book. It depicts a distant world that is, somehow, still recognizable as Africa – a mix of the ancient and the cutting edge. His characters have form and substance in every sense of that word. Drawing on powerful images of a powerful character, it’s clear that Stelfreeze understands the importance of this book. He’s a perfect fit for it and he should sign Martin to a long term contract as his color artist.

Ta-Nehishi Coates is something else, too. It’s almost impossible to believe this is his first comic book work but, then again, he’s an accomplished philosopher and writer. Why would we think he couldn’t conquer the comic book medium? Assured and fearless, Coates has woven and incredible world around T’Challa. It’s a world in which the Coates is able to switch the character effortlessly between king and hero. This Black Panther has much on his mind and the themes with which he grapples are serious, deadly and universal. Coates seems to have much to say about the nature of heroism in a world that eats its heroes. It’s already a fascinating narrative.

Add this one to your list. Immediately.

Leave a comment

Filed under Action Comics, Avengers, Batman, Black Panther, Comic Book Movies, Comic Book Pick of the Week, Comic Book Review, Comic Books, Darth Vader, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Trek, Star Wars, Weekly Comic Book Review

EduQuote of the Week: May 16 – May 22, 2016

door quotes

… we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When … the whole world tells you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move.” – Captain America, Amazing Spider-man #573

Leave a comment

Filed under Captain America, Captain America: Civil War, Education, Education Blog, Ignatian Education, Jesuit Education, Teacher, Teacher, Teacher Blog, Teacher Quote of the Week, Teaching, Teaching Blog, Teaching Quote of the Week

Link’n’Blogs – 5.13.16 – Top Gun at 30

LincolnLogsDetail


Related Content from And There Came A Day


I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

For those of us who are a certain age, milestones like the 30th anniversary of the release of Top Gun can be quite shocking… However, the truth is we first understood we had a need for speed on May 16, 1986. Entertainment Weekly has posted a brief article and video of Tom Cruise talking about the film and the long gestating sequel.

Top Gun at 30

1 Comment

Filed under Link'n'Blog, Movies