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    Re: What simple things make you happy?

    Walking through the woods, with the wind blowing through the trees, spotting 2 beautiful butterflies. Discovering a graveyard from the 1820's. Losing weight slowly but surely.

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    Learning to write in Elvish... I have a student who has been home schooled until now and is extremely shy. She told me she has taught herself some Elvish (Lord of the Ring geeks developed it when I was their age). I researched it and made a packet of the alphabet and rules. I spent 5 minutes in each class writing kids' names on the board. Big hit.
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    What a clever way to help your student overcome her shyness.

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    During one of my tutoring sessions, I helped a 6th grader change his relationship with print dictionaries ("real book" as opposed to electronic or online). Long story short, I discovered a gap in his education which was causing major problems for the past couple of years -- and stumbled on some strategies to work toward fixing all this damage.
    Status at beginning of session: dictionary as mortal enemy
    Status halfway through session: dictionary as object of fascination
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    Ellen - I am sooo curious! What was it that had him flummoxed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;4057633;
    Ellen - I am sooo curious! What was it that had him flummoxed?
    He had never completely memorized the English alphabet (native language - Korean); he only knew the alphabet in order about halfway through the alphabet song. He can read just fine, but having to do anything involving alphabetization skills is, understandably, a tedious process for him. He developed some good coping skills -- mainly through technology. But things started to fall apart now that he's having to do more "real book" research for school.
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    Interesting. Really helpful for him that you figured that out.
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    Makes me happy to find out, when I shop online, that something not only has free s/h but costs much less than it did an hour before!! I bought some "smell good" that ended up being $12 less than it was an hour earlier! Oh, Happy Day!!!
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    .....coming back to the FORT
    It makes me wonder what else I was doing that I forgot to come here to see some friends again )
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    So I said to him, "Look, buddy, your car was upside down when we got here. And as for your Grandma, she shouldn't have mouthed off like that!" --Homer Simpson

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    The health teacher who's in on what I'm doing and why just told me that she had to say, "Let's put the Elvish away now" when kids from my class were doing that instead of her work. Now that's a simple pleasure. Knowing that this very kind, but straight shooter found herself saying that sentence. Ha.
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