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  1. Pixar shorts are also great for teaching teachers:
    http://edmacgyver.blogspot.com/2009/04/what-does-rabbit-have-to-do-with.html?m=1

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  2. Absolutely, John. You have some insightful points here.

    “It's reminding me that life is a vapor and you can get so busy doing the things you need to do that you miss pursuing your dreams.”
    That's one that cuts deep.

    I'm saving this in Evernote with a reminder to read this again in September. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I really appreciate this post, John. Now, if I can just get Evelyn to pass me the popcorn...

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  4. I've found a similar benefit from reading children's literature this summer. I decided to immerse myself in books to avoid being obsessive about planning for the fall, while still learning about a new grade band. I've been surprised to find that my escape has been changing me. Somehow, reading about the Danish resistance to the Nazis and the plight of the Pullman Porters and the courage of a girl with Asperger's who is overcoming grief is starting to make me braver, more willing to take risks.

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  5. Thanks John, I'm glad to know there are more of us out there who stay away from educational books during the summer. Even though it's not Pixar, a favorite of mine is Ratatouille. Films like these take us back to what our core beliefs are. Happy viewing!

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  6. One theme that runs through all of these (along with your post) is the "ticking clock." It adds a significant amount of tension to each story and the same could be said for our summer unless we take an approach such as yours. Your insights will certainly help me think about and work toward what will really make a "happy ending" to the summer recharge. Thanks John.

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  7. Love reading this! So good to be reminded of all these things each school year
    Thanks

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  8. Love reading this! So good to be reminded of all these things each school year
    Thanks

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  9. We are headed out to the movies tonight with the kids. Hope there is a good message in Monsters University! Thanks for sharing your message. We can learn so much by examining the messages that are in the movies, because we often get caught up in the day to day.

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  10. I love reading your blog each day. I posted a link of your blog on today's blog post. Keep up the good work. It's nice to read your blog. Take a look at my blog where I linked my top blog picks: http://thenewprincipalprinciples.blogspot.com/2013/07/top-principal-blogs.html

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  11. imagine.. if public ed's focus.. was to connect people . to their people.
    in the city.
    as the day.

    happy feet.

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