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The Braden Bin - 8/26/16




What I'm Reading:  http://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Creating-Birds-of-a-Feather.pdf

A great article on connecting with students whom may be difficult to connect with due to cultural differences.  But, how can you find similarities with students who are so different from you?  Read this article and find out!

What I'm Watching - Alan Watts - Why Your Life is Not a Journey

Alan Watts - Why Your Life Is Not A Journey from David Lindberg on Vimeo.


An absolutely  beautiful rendition of Alan Watts speaking on enjoying the journey of life rather than focusing on the end point of everything you do.  Some very interesting and thought provoking points on education he makes in this video as well.

What I'm Watching *Bonus!

This has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING but what it does have to do with is placing a rubber chicken into a fan and it is totally worth watching...


Guys, a 6 second video of a rubber chicken being "put" into a fan has 376,000 views.  How does that make you feel?  


Social Media Post I'm Digging




How about that?  Shelly Slater is a reporter for WFAA here in the DFW area.  It's always nice to see somebody as successful as her give a shout out to the schools and school district she came up in!

FYI

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.  If you are looking for ways to raise awareness or help in any way, here are some resources for you!  My little Avery and all of those fighting alongside her appreciate it!  #OwlsForAvery

http://www.acco.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/

http://www.childrenscancer.org/main/latest/september_is_childhood_cancer_awareness_month/

http://www.stbaldricks.org/blog/post/get-involved-in-september-for-childhood-cancer-awareness-month/

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