Blue Serials (2/7/16) - Updated

Sometimes lyrics just speak to you...

Steve 'N' Seagulls cover Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"

I can't stand it I know you planned it - I'm gonna set it straight, this watergate

I can't stand rocking when I'm in here, because your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear

You're scheming on a thing that's a mirage - I'm trying to tell you now it's sabotage...

Excuse me - I need a tissue, and not just for this rather touching moment. The 2016 legislative season started this week as well. It's not the ONLY reason to cry these days, but it's certainly one of the biggest. 

Keep tabs on the issues and inform yourself this election year with #OKElections16, brought to you by Blue Cereal - because I care enough to ruin your day.

Nevertheless, there are SO MANY GOOD THINGS you simply shouldn't miss in...

Essential Edubloggery This Week

On The Turning Away - Rick Cobb of OKEducationTruths figures that as long as our state legis don't believe we need no education, he might as well explore the issues they're creating using Pink Floyd lyrics (hence my inspiration for the title above). #oklaed

Alice's Adventures in Public Ed - Jennifer Williams as JennWillTeach explores a day in the life of the average student through the eyes of a famous literary character. I'll let you guess which one. This one is a bit dark - but it hurts so brilliantly. #oklaed

2-Minute Zen: Just One Thing - Dan Tricarico as The Zen Teacher has a gift for lowering your blood pressure and decluttering your world in simple ways that seem so obvious once pointed out, but you'd completely miss otherwise. He could probably do this with song lyrics or literary references, but why complicate things, right?

Tips to Avoid Frustration

And this week, we all learned how to count to five...

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Anthony Purcell on Random Teacher Thoughts started something he maybe didn't quite mean to when he issued an edu-blogger challenge built around a simple series of five questions. His timing couldn't have been better - to be honest, I think we all really needed it this week. #oklaed

Here (in no particular order) are some of the responses so far. I'M POSITIVE I'VE MISSED A FEW GOOD ONES - please email me or call me out on the Twitters as you discover them and I'll add them here. There's not one of these that doesn't make me feel better about teaching in this sorry state.

5 4 3 2 1 - Meghan Loyd, For The Love  

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... And We're Off! - Scott Haselwoood, Teaching From Here

Challenge Answered... - Lisa Witcher, One Good Thing

5-4-3-2-1 or 1-2-3-4-5, or whatever... - Cory Williams, An Early Model Millenial

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Challenge - Rick Cobb, OKEducationTruths

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Challenge - Kimberly Blodgett, KimBlodgett

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Kelly Husted, OklaEdFam

1... 2... 3... 4... 5... called out - T.M. Lunday, middleschoolstationconductor

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - A Bloggers Challenge - Erin Barnes, Educating Me

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Jason James, Thoughts on Oklahoma Education

Anthony's Challenge - Eric Johnson, 'YourKids' Teacher

Purcell's Challenge - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Zuzuz Petals, Keep The Wheat

1, 2, 3, 4, 5! - Jen Doty, Teaching CI Mandarin

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Blogger Challenge - Lady Mellot, Choosing the Road Not Taken

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 #OklaEd Blog Challenge - Jennifer Lea, The Tempered Teacher

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Guest Blogger: Matt Cone) - Matt Cone, who doesn't have a blog, but if he did, I'd SO TOTALLY marry it every day. 

Five Questions - Peter Anderson, Mr. Anderson Reads & Writes

1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 - Marvel's Agents of Ed

5 Questions - Katlyn Bennett, Reader, Teacher... Writer?

Challenging Thoughts & Culture - Andrew Kauffman, Curiosity, Exploration, Wonder

5, 4, 3, 2, One-derful! - Kas Nelson, A Principal's Place

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Blogging Challenge - The Evolving Educator

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Response to Purcell's Edu-Blogger Challenge - The Unbearable Blueness of Cereal, Blue Cereal Education

I can't give you reasons to keep going this week, darlings - but these folks have. I can only thank you, and love you, and tell you that we must.

Illegitimum non carborundum; Domine salvum fac.

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