Oregon Coast – Day 3

Video focused on my three favorite women in the world.
An amazing vacation, and I can’t imagine spending it with anyone else.

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Oregon Coast – Day 2

One of the coldest days on the coast, but lots of fun flying a kite and sitting by the fire.


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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Dave's Life


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Oregon Coast 2013

I put together this short video of our first day on the coast.

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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Dave's Life


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Family…The Best Part of a Vacation!

445 miles…

Packed in tight…

4 adults and 1 dog…

That probably explains enough, but that’s not the best part. This has started out to be one of the best vacations ever. The best part…family.

My family knows how to talk. Seriously, you wouldn’t understand unless you had experienced it. They are always able to talk about anything, they do talk about everything, and I love that about them. It makes for a very lively car ride, and helps pass the time very quickly. I think they might actually help the car get better gas mileage.

We really did talk about everything: heaven and hell; gay marriage; college; work; other people; politics; animals; the list goes on. As we talk, there is no stop of emotions. We laugh, we cry, we’re moved by each other.

It was somewhat of a long day, but I wouldn’t trade anything for time with my family.

I am so blessed!

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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MAC WK4 Leadership Post

Role Model Reflection

I have several role models that I have admired over the years, and none of them quite fit into the same direction I am wanting to go. However, they do collectively make up a fairly complete picture of who I want to be and what I want to do when I grow up. 😉

First, and most importantly, my father. I’ve always looked up to, relied on, sought for wisdom, and learned from my father. I am fully aware that not all have grown up even having a dad in the picture, so I do not take it lightly that mine was there and is still there when I need him.

Here is what I learned from him:

  • How to talk to people – he can talk to anyone about anything (you might not always like his opinion)
  • How to sell – independent business owner involved in buying and selling wholesale (he could sell a glass of tap water to a guy sitting next to a mountain spring)
  • How to be a husband – anyone still married after 45 years knows what they are doing
  • How to be a father – yes I also learned a few things not to do
  • How to be a man – I would not be who I am today without his influence

I’m 43 years old and I still seek him out when I need advice. He has been a personal role model, and that has done more to shape my direction than any other person or thing in the world.

Next, my high school band director. He retired last year and the band alumni had a retirement party for him. There were hundreds of former band members, spouses, parents, and community members that came to support him and show him how much we appreciated what he did for us. I would not be a music teacher without his influence. I want to create in my students the same passion and excitement that he instilled in all of us.

In a previous class, we were supposed to create a video of an event that changed our lives. I thought this would be an appropriate place and time to share it again.

On to the next role model.

I had the fortunate opportunity to work under the leadership of a great man, who just happened to also be my principal, Dennis Sonius.

Mr. Sonius showed me what it looks like when people are excited to try new things. He was a widely respected and highly acclaimed principal in Idaho that helped bring an elementary school to blue ribbon status. As staff came into the building, he would find out what they were excited about and have them be a part of inspiring others in the building. It was an atmosphere that fostered collaboration, creativity, and camaraderie among the staff. In turn, that atmosphere provided a fantastic learning environment for students.

Retired from his principal-ship, Mr. Sonius now travels all over the US providing trainings to other school districts. He is greatly missed in Twin Falls, Idaho as a principal, but he is still influencing education.

I hope that I will have completed my journey as a man and be able to say that I have influenced, inspired, and demonstrated to others how to live in the world as these men have done for me.

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in MAC


MAC WK4 Comments to Jay Sanzin

Week 4 – Reading : Lighting a Spark

25 06 2013

Ben’s dad said,“Certain things in life are better done in person”.  I really felt this way about education, until my experience at Full Sail.  Prior to my Full Sail experience, I had taken several professional development courses and a few online course and do not feel that I gained anything from those courses. What I did learn was what I did not want in an online experience.

Passion is what often drives us.  We were asked earlier  in the course, why we thought that educators were so resistant to the implementation of technology? I now say that my answer is PASSION. Educators who do not have a passion for technology will not implement it into their curriculum. We often see things through our own perspective. If they do not use technology, why should their students?

Current pushes in education are requiring teachers to implement technology in their teaching.  To score highly effective, a teacher must implement technology into the classroom. The teacher will be doing this out of fear. This will produce minimal results. It will produce technology for the sake of technology, not technology for the sake of learning.

How can I get  teachers to enroll in the program that technology will benefit their practice?

1992 Geo Metro LSIThe story about the quarters reminds me of time back in high school. I was taking 3 other people home in my 1992 Geo Metro convertible. I was running out of gas. I had $0.16, so I asked the people who I took home if they had any money. We scraped together another $0.15 cents by the time we collected all their money and cleaned out the seat cushions.  I started pumping gas, while talking to my friends. I looked down and I had pumped around $2. I had no more money and did not know what to do. I approached the cashier and decided to see if I could barter, “ I will gladly trade this thirty one cents and this pack of Quaker Instant Oat meal for the opportunity to return and repay you they money we are short.”  The cashier let us have the gas.

My Comments

I really enjoyed your post. Your take on PASSION being the reason educators use or don’t use technology was right on.
There is the persistent theme that you parent how you were parented, you teach how you were taught, etc.. It takes a conscious choice to take a different path.
Geo Metro… $.31=40 miles… Is that right? Couldn’t you just put your feet out the door and push like a skateboard? 😉
Actually, I really did enjoy the story. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in MAC


MAC WK4 Comments to Valerie Waitley

Week 4 Reading Blog-The Art of Possibility Chapters 9-12

Chapter 9-Lighting a Spark

A ‘no’ can so often dampen our fire in the world of the down-ward spiral.  It can seem like a permanent, implacable barrier that presents us with limited choices: to attack, to manipulate our way around it, or to bow to it in defeat.  In other words, a ‘no’ can seem like a door slamming instead of merely an instance of the way things are.  Yet, were we to take a ‘no’ less personally, and ourselves less seriously, we might hear something else.  We might hear someone saying, ‘I don’t see any new possibility here, so I think I’ll stick with my usual way of doing thing.’ We might hear within the word ‘no’ and invitation for enrollment. (pg. 126)

In between teaching assignments I took several years to enjoy the possibility of opening and running my own business.  Additionally, I have facilitated a LOT of business operations and sales trainings.  In both experiences I trained people that getting the sale is not about hounding, or pressure.  Although I didn’t use the exact word, I used almost the identical concept of enrollment.  The best sales is when the customer leaves excited about the possibilities, not experiencing “buyer’s remorse.”  I appreciate this section about dealing with ‘no.’

Chapter 10- Being the Board

In my classroom I have a lesson on The Power of Choice. I believe the Zander’s expressed the concepts I discuss with my students in another interesting way:

However, inasmuch as I blame you for a miserable vacation or a wall of silence-to that degree, in exactly that proportion, I lose my power.  I lose my ability to steer the situation in another direction, to learn from it, or to put us in good relationship with each other…Gracing yourself with responsibility for everything that happens in your life leaves your spirit whole, and leaves you free to choose again. (pg. 143)

I share with my students that people want to assign blame to others but when you assign blame you also assign credit.  In other words you give someone else the power over you.  Choice give power BUT (like Spiderman would say) with that power comes tremendous responsibility.  I want and accept the responsibility because I want (as the Zanders would say) the freedom “to choose again.”

Chapter 11- Creating a Framework for Possibility

Teachers have to find a way to do this everyday.  The most troubling aspect I see in classrooms is general apathy so on a daily basis I share “a vision [that] articulates a possibility.” (pg. 169) I guarantee that does NOT include writing the state mandated “essential skills” on the board to help the students see the vision of possibility.  (uugghhh!)  Rather, often is more like walking with them, enrolling them, in the vision of possibilities attained through effective communication.

Chapter 12- Telling the WE Story

Well I guess in the “world of possibility” the WE story is plausible.  I certainly see the possibilities for one to one conversations.  I truly believe I see the results in my relationship with my husband.  MANY, MANY times we laughingly say, “ah, we love us!” And that is fun!

I can see the benefits when working with students.  If a student and I could get on a “us” platform I think some conversations would go more smoothly.

My Comments

I really enjoyed your comments on chapter 10. Not that I didn’t enjoy the rest of your post, but I thought your comments on assigning blame were spot on. I think our very nature is to avoid being at fault. If you are religious, think back to the Garden of Eden… Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and the serpent had no one left to blame.
What would the world be like if other choices had been made by Adam?
Kind of off topic, but that’s how my brain operates.
Thanks again for the post.

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in MAC


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