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Happy Birthday (to me) #education


Another year passes for me today. I am a little older, a little wiser, and still feel like I have so much to learn. I am reminded of my blessings and reflect upon my goals in life.

As I've gotten older, I've noticed that a lot of people either don't get their birthday emphasized / don't take the time to say Happy Birthday to someone.

See this example from one of my favorite Simpsons episodes from one of their first seasons.

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Both scenes are from Lisa's birthday. One where it seems everyone has forgotten her birthday (except Maggie). The other is Bart (and "Michael Jackson") signing a personally written Happy Birthday Song. See the difference?

Although not a birthday story, I will share a personal example. When I graduated High School I received a card from a grade school teacher, congratulating me and telling me how proud she was of me. That meant a lot to me. I could hardly believe that she would remember me after so many years as I had not seen nor spoken to her since I was in her class. I was surprised again when I received another card when I graduated college.

My goal this year is to remind students (past and present) that I care and that they have made an impact on me, as I hope I have on them. To quote a former teacher of mine, "Students will not care to learn, until they learn that I care."

Need to wish someone a happy birthday? (*cough* *cough*)

https://www.birthdaywishes.expert/academic-birthday-wishes/

https://www.pinterest.com/weareteachers/birthdays-in-the-classroom

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/fun-ways-celebrating-birthdays/


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