A Revolution…

A sudden,  extreme, or complete change in the way people live.  That is the definition of a revolution.  I’ve been challenged to write about what revolution I’d like to lead.

I’m interviewing with Bill Nye because he runs the Planetary Society.  I want to team up with the Planetary Society to help develop and spread curriculum focused on space exploration and colonizing Mars.  He looks at me and say, “I’m not feeling like your sincere.”  In response, I pull out my phone and show him my Evernote notebook tracking the steps I’ve taken to get this going.

At that time, my daydream ended and I focused back on writing this post.  I feel like I’d love to be a part of changing mindsets using education.  We can develop the goal of space exploration if it is taught consistently throughout our world.  Or better yet, the world!  Let’s unite humanity under a common goal!  Elon Musk has made a great push.  I want to join in this push!

Let’s get Mars Ready!

What difference do I want to make?

Here’s the second to last writing prompt for the Live Your Legend Blog Challenge.  The question is, What difference do I want to make?

My first answer is one that I would definitely make my students rewrite: I want to make the world better.  The question I would throw back at them is, How would you make it better?  As of late, I’ve been on a mission to Mars kick.  I would love to see people work together for the common goal of colonizing on Mars.  We would greatly benefit from having a backup settlement.  In fact, let’s go cliche on this.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

The big question ends up being, how am I going to help support this goal.  What resources do I currently have access to?  What skills and/or opportunities do I have to support this goal?  What should I learn to help support this goal?  Let’s give quick answers to these questions.

What resources do I currently have access to that would help in colonizing Mars?  I have my thoughts and the internet with information about Mars.  I also have the minds of many students and a classroom to teach in.  I would also have this blog (or I could make a new one).  I feel like I have lots of resources available.

What skills and/or opportunities do I have to support this goal?  Opportunity number 1: summers off.  That gives me 2 months of time to do research, get internships, create lessons, and spread the word.  A related opportunity and skill is that I am a teacher and placed in front of students for the majority of the year.  That gives me the opportunity to show passion for this goal and model ways to pursue it.  I also have skills in working with computers.  I can at least build Google Sites to help spread the information.  I could also teach those skills to my students.

What should I learn to help support this goal?  I should be learning a lot about engineering, science, Mars missions, robotics, math, public speaking, teaching, and computer programming.  I could be way more specific with science.  I would need to learn a lot more about the field of Earth science.  Why does Earth have an atmosphere?  Why does Mars no longer have much of one?  Almost anything in physics would be beneficial, especially if robotics becomes an interest.

Here’s to making a difference.  One moment at a time…  We’re going to Mars!

Elevator Pitch

What would I tell someone that I just met if they wanted to know about me?  I’ve read about “elevator pitches” many times before.  I think I even have some written down.  But, I constantly find myself changing.  My interests vary constantly.  Some days I enjoy teaching.  Others, I find it draining.  What I want is an overarching goal to work towards.  Last night I was thinking about one as it turns out.

I want to help prepare humanity to go to Mars.  In my current position, I want to teach problem solving through science education.  I envision building classrooms that are led by the students.  Students will learn leadership skills by taking turns leading the class during our explorations of the material.  I want to help students develop the ability to, as Bill Nye says, Change the world!

This was another post inspired by the Live Your Legend Blog Challenge.

What’s one thing I’m proud of?

I’m proud of being published in the Iowa Science Teachers Journal.  I helped write it, even if my group members modified what I wrote.  The feeling of being published for a school activity means I may help others in their teaching science to students.  That feels good!

I mostly met with a fellow cohort member Jacob P.  He is a great guy.  Or, he was when I was in contact with him.  I should reach out to him again.  He enjoyed board games, videogames, and science.  What a great combination!  Plus, he wrote very well.

This is highlighting the importance of asking others for help.  Doing things with others helps us get things done.

Another moment in my life I am proud of is when I chased down Abbie after a date.  I finally got the first kiss!  I even went to the wrong address, but I persevered!  That was a fun day!

This was a continuation of the Live Your Legend Blog Challenge!  I’d write more but it is 11 pm and I have to teach in the morning.

What Makes Me Angry About the World?

The prompt supplied for the LYL challenge is the title of the post. I’m surprised nothing is jumping out at me.  But, I do have some things that upset me.  A good place to start would be listing those.

  • Watching people not try
  • Not trying my best
  • People blindly accepting things
  • People hurting others for entertainment
  • The school system and its regimented standards
  • How we fail to use the creativity of students

I’m beginning to understand more about myself.  There are some things that annoy me that are within my control.  How I act and how my classroom operates is within my control.  Those should be my focus.

A key thought that continues to run through my mind is how I don’t know what my goals are.  I am complaining about not giving my best, yet I couldn’t tell you what giving my best looks like.  Moreover, I want to use the creativity of the students to help solve problems within the community, yet I don’t know what that would look like either!  Knowing what to focus on is also an issue, for I know the future will never be exactly what I envision.  How much detail is enough detail?