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The Ultimate Gift

Posted by Christine S on 9:34 PM
      Like I have said before, I am a night-owl.   I stay up late surfing the net and doing work.  Occasionally, I will even have the opportunity to watch a movie.
     Before I was married, I was a movie fanatic.  One year, out of the 102 movies that came out in theaters, I saw 90 of them.   I can pretty much connect Kevin Bacon to just about any other actor.  Every Friday night I ventured to the movies as my own special treat for the week's work.  After I met Bob, I cut down on my movie watching time.  Then Abbie came along and I pretty much stopped seeing movies (until recent weeks when she is now willing to watch a Disney flick).   But, I digress.  Well, last night, I decided to rent a few movies that I had not seen.  One of those movies was called The Ultimate Gift.  I stumbled upon it searching the web the other night and it intrigued me.
     It is based on the book, The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall.  Jason Stevens, the main character, had lived a life of privilege.  He was a true trust fund kid.  Then his grandfather, Red Stevens,  died.  In Red's will, he stipulated that Jason must complete a series of tasks (that turn into a sort of a scavenger hunt) in order to earn his inheritance.  He did not even give Jason a clue as to what the inheritance would be.
     Initially, Jason was not going to complete the tasks.  However, for some reason, he changes his mind and decides to give it a go.  The results are a wonderful film that I can't say enough about.  I found myself laughing and crying as I watched.  It was really a great movie.  If you have 2 hours one day, I strongly suggest you check this one out.
     I loved the film so much that I am now reading the book that it was based upon.  I have been laxed in reading adult books in recent years but this one has inspired me to take the time to read a book for me.

     

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The Ultimate Gift

Posted by Christine S on 1:06 AM

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Things that make you Hmmm....... part 2

Posted by Christine S on 1:35 AM
      Okay, so it is late and I, being the night owl that I am, was surfing the web. To be more specific, I was surfing YouTube. I stumbled across the video I posted and found it very intriguing to say the least. The video is a trailer to a documentary created by Robert Comptom called Two Million Minutes.
      This documentary chronicles the journey of 6 students in high school as they prepare for college, hence, the title of Two Million Minutes. This documentary compared how two American high school students spent their time versus how two Indian students spent their time versus how two Chinese students spent their time. I would be curious to watch the entire video at this point.
     I have to admit, I wonder if we are leaving our students behind in the ever changing global market.   Are we, as a nation, not placing enough emphasis on education?  Let's face it, when budget crunch comes, what is the first thing cut?  EDUCATION!  Counties and states are facing millions of dollars in spending cuts which seems asinine when you consider we are falling further and further behind other countries when it comes to achievement.
     I watched ShiftHappens several months ago and it seemed to ring so true.  China's top students outnumber ALL of our students!  We, as a nation, are falling further and further behind.  
     Some argue that funding is not the answer.  Throwing money at a problem does not necessarily solve it.  Sometimes that only makes the problem worse.  Some say that our students are more well-rounded for the real world than other countries' children because they have placed TOO MUCH emphasis on education.   
     There are no quick and easy answers to this dilemma.  This video is just another one of those things that make you go hmmmmm.....


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Things that make you Hmmm.......

Posted by Christine S on 1:33 AM

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The Nerd Test

Posted by Christine S on 9:26 PM
I am nerdier than 80% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

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The Nerd Test

Posted by Christine S on 9:07 PM
NerdTests.com says I'm a Dorky High Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

     I stumbled upon this test when visiting a fellow teacher's blog.  It turns out that the rumors were true.  I am a nerd.  What I don't get is that only 12% of the population scored lower than I did in the sci-fi/comic section.  I don't even own a comic book!  

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Chicago

Posted by Christine S on 8:20 PM
     Well, I just returned from a two week trip to the Windy City.  It was fabulous!  Most days were cool with highs in the mid 70's.  Towards the end of our trip, it did warm up to the 80's but it was still beautiful.  
     We took Abbie to so many different places this past visit.  We went on a boat tour of the Chicago River.  I learned quite a bit of new information.  For example, I did not know that the Chicago River was 18 inches lower than Lake Michigan.  I had no idea!  They are also in the process of building a new skyscraper that will be 150 stories high.  If you are interested, the penthouse can be purchased for a meager 46 million dollars.  



     We also ventured to Navy Pier for the very first time.  I had no idea they had a museum dedicated to stained glass.  It was raining the night we went so we were unable to enjoy their ferris wheel but we had loads of fun nonetheless.  



     We ventured to the 100th floor of the John Hancock building as well.  It offered a spectacular view of downtown Chicago.  The view was simply amazing.  



      Well, I will post some other places we have visited in a few days.  Have a great evening!


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