Consider it Pure Joy

Day’s Verse:
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Matthew 5:5

Good things that have happened this week:

We got some incredibly delicious corn in our CSA box, and we recognize everything else. And it’s not all squashes. We actually got some lettuce, amazingly. Anybody want radishes? That’s one thing I just really do not like. Work! I taught my final CPPW class on Tuesday and Wednesday for three male PE teachers. They actually proved more interactive, engaged, and willing to participate than some of the previous PE teachers I’ve worked with lately. I felt that overall, the class went quite well. When they left, one was talking about getting a bike and riding more, and all of them seemed pretty confident about teaching the bike/ped PE unit to their 5th grade students.

One thing I love about doing this is that when the teachers arrive on Day 1, they’re really skeptical. They cannot imagine how they’ll teach this unit, and odds are they don’t really want to do it anyway — it’s a big time commitment, logistical nightmare, tons of extra prep, and (for the many teachers who haven’t even ridden a bike in years) outside of their area of expertise. By the end of Day 2, they’re enthusiastically talking with each other about details of how to make it happen. They have done all the pedestrian exercises; learned a huge amount about traffic principles and bicycling basics; actually taught and ridden through the bike drills, and done a road ride; and spent some time familiarizing themselves with the curriculum. The road ride really builds confidence. Almost every time, one of the non-cyclists leaves talking about getting a bike. Continue Reading >>