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October 15, 2012

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The Student Eye: What Makes Life Awesome?

by Randy Ziegenfuss

This post is authored by Salisbury High School teacher, Jennifer Brinson.

What Makes Life Awesome?  This is the question that the Salisbury High School Gifted Seminar students are posing through their new blog entitled The Student Eye.  Students are blogging about everything from hot air balloons to stories they have written to amazing plays on the soccer field.  They are including new dirt bikes, watching football games with dad, sunrises, catching something like a ninja, and the whole baseball team getting a hit.  Everything goes on this blog – it just has to follow one simple rule…..it has to be AWESOME!  That’s right, in order to be blog worthy, an event just has to be awesome.

This idea was not original to us. The blog is fashioned after Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things.  Pasricha started writing his blog after a turn of tragic events in his life and he began seeing the good in the world.  He took to his computer and began writing about them, one day at a time — open checkout lines, refills on sodas, dogs in the driver’s seats, nice cops, you name it.  If it was free and universal – Pasricha thought it was awesome and now – so do we!

The students will post a blog entry once a week that consists of an image, movie clip, audio track, or simply text.  They can post from their laptops, smartphones, tablets – whatever device they choose as we chose a blog platform that has apps for Android and iOS devices. The rule is – no blog can be more than two paragraphs in length.  Make your point and keep it simple.  Each student comments on two other blog entries by other students – sustainable and inspiring comments – not simply “I agree.” The goal is to get the students to look at their world through a different lens and appreciate it.  Please check out The Student Eye: What Makes Life Awesome?

J. Brinson

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  1. Oct 1 2012

    I really love this idea! All too often we get so caught-up in the frenetic pace of life that we completely overlook the obvious…the great things that are happening in, and around, our lives that we rarely notice. Not only is this a great way to get some creative writing practice, but it also teaches the students to be more present and appreciative for everything they have (especially the little things).

    It’s actually quite Socratic at it’s purest form and in line with one of my favorite quotes by him: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. Glad to see SHS continuing to provide a great and creative education. Keep up the good work.

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