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Saturday, March 25, 2017

sol17 #25: love and understanding, positivity



Have you got your hands on Ed Sheeran's new album yet? It's so good. My favorite song on the record is What do I know? If you have a few minutes, take a listen:


But if not, here are my favorite lyrics:

We could change this whole world with a piano,
add a base, a guitar grab a beat and away we go
I'm just a boy with a one-man show
No university, no degree but lord knows
Everybody's talking 'bout exponential growth
And the stock market crashing in their portfolios
While I'll be sitting here with a song that I wrote
Sing, love could change the world in a moment,
But what do I know?

This got me to thinking about voice. Ed is talking about it with his music - he's got a mic and a stage and some songs, he can create love with those things. But isn't it the same for us writers? How much power do we have from putting out a blog post a day for a whole month? Even if they are not commenting, people are reading.

And so this got me thinking about how we give our students voice. If our kids are writing, if they are publishing work out to a larger audience, they definitely have a certain amount of power, in their ideas, in the sharing with others, in learning, too, when they read the work of others.

When we listen to each other's stories, it creates connections. When we understand one another better, we're more likely to help them out when they need it. Writing does this because stories do this.


Writing stories and sharing them with others creates understanding. Spending a lot of time together doing this (like maybe a whole school year) creates the circumstances for a certain amount of love to flourish. and when we stay positive with all the understanding and love, I think we've got a perfect medley for taking care of one another.

And so close with another part of Ed's song... because teh last paragraph was definitely mentored from this song:

I'll paint the picture, let me set the scene
I know, I'm all for people following their dreams
Just remember life is more than fittin' in your jeans
It's love and understanding, positivity



What do you trust in? How about that for a blog post?

Or, take a peek at the padlet for some other ideas or leave a comment for other bloggers!

8 comments:

  1. A time someone hurt my feelings open my link to see more
    http://fedaa22.blogspot.com/2017/03/slice-of-life-25-time-someone-hurt-my.html

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  2. Painting with canvas🎨
    http://mylifeismarisol.blogspot.com/2017/03/slice-of-life-25-painting.html

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  3. I LOVE this post, which was made even more special with Ed crooning in the background. Your points well taken. Writing is a powerful act one, one that can literally bring about change. From a writing perspective, I love how you used music as an entry point to your essay. Especially appreciated this line, "And so this got me thinking about how we give our students voice. If our kids are writing, if they are publishing work out to a larger audience, they definitely have a certain amount of power, in their ideas, in the sharing with others..."

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  4. Math autobiography
    http://bloggingwithquenese.blogspot.com/2017/03/sol25-math-autobiography.html

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I love his voice, message, and this album! Such a strong message about love and understanding! I'm sharing this with my students for our April morning theme song!

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  6. Dinner
    http://mmxvimmxvii.blogspot.com/2017/03/sol-25-dinner.html

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  7. It seems we're both feeling passionate and empowered lately! :P
    I love this post, which serves as a reminder for all of us to empower ourselves, and others too! Our students need more voice and I'm glad they have you to facilitate it!

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  8. It seems we're both feeling passionate and empowered lately! :P
    I love this post, which serves as a reminder for all of us to empower ourselves, and others too! Our students need more voice and I'm glad they have you to facilitate it!

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