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Dylan’s Decision: Project 180, Day 30

Just another day on the 180 trail. No attempts to be inspirational. Nothing to share that’s practical. Just an otherwise ho-hum October day. Many kids will be taking the PSAT this morning. Those who aren’t will complete a sentence review for a performance tomorrow. In addition, they will have a chance to clear their trails of some clutter, getting late assignments completed, etc. I will use the time to continue my efforts to get less behind. Never ahead. Just less behind.

Hard to believe that we have already reached the 1/6 mark in our journey. So proud of where I have gotten so far with my kids. They are adjusting to my grading practices, and they are becoming more comfortable with the practice-feedback-performance cycle. They are also settling into having greater ownership and responsibility over their learning. Yesterday, after spending ample time thinking about, planning, and then beginning his epic poem, Dylan informed me that he made a decision, actually three, but I only vaguely remember all that he said, for he had me at, “I made a decision.” He kept talking, and I remember bits, but admittedly I was lost, transfixed in euphoric excitement over his taking control of the direction of his Passion Paper, sharing with me that he was ditching his epic poem for something steam punk related (I was only half listening, remember). Regardless, he changed his Passion Paper. His Passion Paper. Not mine. Decision on, Dylan. Decision on.

And so, we will continue down our path, one day at a time, one decision at a time. And, as we do, it is my earnest hope that others make the same discovery as Dylan, the discovery that they, not only I, have the freedom, have the power to decide. Of course, I believe it helps when we can create a culture where kids truly can make that discovery. Where kids are not afraid to do. Where kids are inclined to reflect. Where kids are determined to do better.

Today’s Trail

Along today’s trail we will…

…begin with Smiles and Frowns.

…review for the sentence performance.

…clear some clutter from our paths.

…reflect in our Journey Journals.

…end with a Sappy Sy Rhyme.

Happy Wednesday, all. Hope to make it all day today. Went home sick yesterday. Feel less awful today.

Do. Reflect. Do Better.

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