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#Nerdlution – If It Makes You Happy…


We have been thinking and talking a lot about #Nerdlution this week.   In particular we have thinking about the process of working towards a goal.  We read Christopher Lehman’s blog post below:


As we closely read this we were left with feelings, images and hopes of happy.  But then we began juggling our lives to meet these #nerdlutions.  Were we happy?  How does happiness fit into hard work or grit? How do we keep the happiness alive when we are feeling overwhelmed in the process of growth?  When will it make us happy?  Some of our twitter friends were having similar experiences:

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We began to think about how we, as adults, can keep the end in mind as we work towards a goal.  We can delay gratification knowing it does make us happy once we do achieve the goal.  How can we help our students begin to understand that sometimes in order to be happy we need to be unhappy for a period of time?  Our students are growing up in a “fast food” culture.  They can get an answer to a question instantaneously on their computer; watch parents get money out of the wall after pushing a button, and receive a response from someone thousands of miles away in a moment of time.  It is critical that our students understand and experience what it means to work for something so they can push through the adversity.  They may even come to understand that being “unhappy” may make us “happy” because we know we are growing.




#Nerdlution is reminding us to have conversations with our students about long-term goals.  We immediately understood what Chris meant when he said … if it makes you happy… how many of our students would understand that what makes us happy is a real, but achievable goal that we need to truly work towards to accomplish.  We plan to share our #nerdlutions and the process we are going through to help our students meet their goals.

Thanks Chris for pushing our thinking with your positive spirit once again!  And if you haven’t joined #Nerdlution yet you should… if it makes you happy!

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    Holly Mueller
    Posted at 12:08h, 05 December Reply

    I love reading #nerdlution blog posts! 🙂

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    Katherine Sokolowski
    Posted at 12:29h, 05 December Reply

    I love this post. I’ve noticed my students this year give up as soon as something becomes difficult. I’m going to need to think more about this and share the conversation with them. Thanks!

    • Clare and Tammy
      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 10:50h, 06 December Reply

      We do too! It has been so inspirational!

    • Clare and Tammy
      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 10:51h, 06 December Reply

      We would love to hear how it goes with them!

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