The Difference Between A Teacher And An Educator


This starts my 22nd year of teaching middle school. Yesterday was quite possibly one of the most impactful days I have ever had.

I tried a new activity called “The Baggage Activity”. I asked the kids what it meant to have baggage and they mostly said it was hurtful stuff you carry around on your shoulders.

I asked them to write down on a piece of paper what was bothering them, what was heavy on their heart, what was hurting them, etc. No names were to be on a paper. They wadded the paper up, and threw it across the room.

They picked up a piece of paper and took turns reading out loud what their classmate wrote. After a student read a paper, I asked who wrote that, and if they cared to share.

I’m here to tell you, I have never been so moved to tears as what these kids opened up and about and shared with the class.

Things like suicide, parents in prison, drugs in their family, being left by their parents, death, cancer, losing pets (one said their gerbil died cause it was fat, we giggled😁) and on and on.

The kids who read the papers would cry because what they were reading was tough. The person who shared (if they chose to tell us it was them) would cry sometimes too. It was an emotionally draining day, but I firmly believe my kids will judge a little less, love a little more, and forgive a little faster.

This bag hangs by my door to remind them that we all have baggage. We will leave it at the door. As they left I told them, they are not alone, they are loved, and we have each other’s back.

I am honored to be their teacher.

Credit: Karen Wunderlich Loewe

CDC greatly exaggerated, lied about severity of covid: STUDY

CDC Coronavirus

A new study has found that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not tell the truth, pretty much at all, throughout the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “pandemic.” The CDC made at least 25 different statistical or numerical “errors” throughout the saga that resulted in the severity of the manufactured “crisis” being massively overstated, the paper found. Of the 25 instances of “error” that were identified, 20 of them greatly exaggerated the severity of the scamdemicThe paper in question was published ahead of peer review on March 23 by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). “The CDC has expressed significant concern about COVID-19 misinformation,” the study’s authors wrote. “In order for the CDC to be a credible source of information, they must improve the accuracy of the data they provide.” When asked to comment on the findings, the CDC was nowhere to be found, choosing to remain silent. (Related: Remember when the CDC lied about a measles outbreak that occurred exclusively among children who had already been “vaccinated” for measles?)

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Overall a great article. A couple of points I have heard contrary data on. He says you need to take a full spectrum vitamin E with alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocopherols whereas I have read that the body suffers no liability from taking only alpha tocopherols, the body makes what it needs if only one of the 4 is ingested. But the REAL ‘blow-me-away’ datum is this one: For each gram-per-day increase in the average national consumption of fermented vegetables, the mortality risk for COVID-19 decreased by 35.4% in one study.

Really validates the decision I made to include probiotics in my bars and powders.