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If you are an educator, parent, pre-service teacher, family member or simply someone who is passionate about giving every kid a place to hang a hat, we’d love to hear from you.  Our goal is to stimulate a discussion about the concept of being “Perfectly Not Perfect” and highlight the writing of those who are examining and rethinking what and how we teach our children. We will be accepting posts prior to and during the #NPHCBlogIt Challenge.

NOTE: These posts are separate from the blogging the children will do in the fall (see “Blog With Us” for details: http://nphcblogit.com/blog-with-us/).

We have included some simple questions, but please feel free to expand and extrapolate. We know we have much to learn from our global community of educators and look forward to your submissions. Send to: JenaBall@CritterKin.com

General Guidelines

1. Try to limit your submission to 600 to 800 words if you are writing (blogs), and less than three minutes if you are speaking (Vlogs).

2. This project is about the concept of being Perfectly Not Perfect – meaning although no one is perfect, we are each unique with special abilities and gifts. Reflect on and share how you try to communicate that to your students and/or on how you’d like to see that implemented in your school and life in general.

3. Tell a story about #2. Stories are how human beings make sense of their world and one another, so if you really want to engage folks, tell us about something that happened or someone who made a difference in your life.

3. Include images.

4. Don’t be afraid to be funny.

5. Be yourself.  We’ve all been taught the formal, stilted language of academia, but here the purpose is to entertain, engage and inspire. YOU are what is special and we want to model that for our kids.

Questions

1. How did you discover that you weren’t perfect?  Are you a recovering perfectionist?

2. What does the phrase “perfectly Not Perfect” mean to you?

3. How can storytelling (blogging, vlogging, journals, etc.) be used to help your students find and celebrate what makes them perfectly Not Perfect?

4. What other tools do you use to help each of your students accept and appreciate themselves and others who are different?

5. Is there a particular student or story that illustrates the importance of helping students understand they aren’t perfect?

6. What advice would you give other educators who are considering bringing blogging into their classrooms and schools?

 

Questions or Suggestions?

Contact Jena Ball: JenaBall@CritterKin.com

Phone: (919) 615 – 0666