Sunday, October 25, 2009


It's easy to get distracted by all that is wrong in a work environment. The same is true within education. The reality is that I often get caught up focusing on what is wrong with my building and fail to miss those moments of beauty. Tonight I was reminded by one of the sweetest people I know, K-Rodge (from my Seattle days), that a positive outlook can be the differene between success and failure.
So, tomorrow when I get to school, nothing but positivity.


At 4:04 PM , Blogger Jack said...

Hi Mr. McNamar,

Sorry to be messaging you in the comments. I could not find an email...

I help run a website called Brainyflix. We host Vocab Contests sponsored by MIT & Salesforce as a public service project to build a free & fun resource to help teens prep for the SAT & ACT. I am trying to get the word out any way I can and am hoping this is something your Daily Grind readers would be interested in.

We are currently running our Brainypics flashcard contest, in which students create interesting sentences and pair them up with memorable pictures as a visual cue. Between now and Dec. 7, we'll be selecting 5 Brainypics each week which will qualify for our Grand Prize of $200. We are also giving out iTunes songs for every 5 Brainypics created and gift cards to the runner ups of the finale. Full details here:

I can send you something pre-written if you would like. Please let me know either way at jack [at] brainyflix [dot] com.


At 6:15 PM , Anonymous Tracey Welch said...

Two years ago today one of our beautiful students was raped and murdered by her stepfather and one of his friends. Her body was dumped and not found for a week. Today we talked about how that horrible event brought us together as a faculty and how we more deeply appreciate and validate each child every day, even when it's not always easy.

At 6:25 AM , Anonymous resources for teachers said...

I'd say that everything depends on positivity. It is really crazy, but true that keeping positive attitude changes the way the things are! As for the previous comment, you can see that you can find something good even in a tragedy.


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