Since I started running 2 years ago, I have constantly looked for ways to share this running "idiocracy" with all those around me. I have forced many of my closest friends and family members to lace up their shoes and hit the trails with me for an early morning jaunt. I have challenged coworkers to meet me after school and even offered to train them for local 5ks. I worked for weeks with a buddy from church to get him ready for the running requirement for boot camp. I was an assistant coach for a girls running club that we started at our school. Hopefully the boys running club is soon to follow! But my most proud running accomplishment does not actually have to do with real running. Let me explain.
As you may have figured from the above, I am a school teacher. I LOVE every second of my job. My 3rd graders are some of the brightest kids ever, regardless of what the state tests and national polls say. One of the duties of every teacher is to instill a love of reading in every child. This is a daunting task for me. I hated to read as a kid, and it is even harder for me as an adult. I have never been officially diagnosed, but there are definitely some attention deficit disorders going on in my lumpy gray matter. I know all too well the struggles that I have as a grown up that are a direct result of my lack luster approach to reading. To help my students avoid this adulthood calamity, I strive to build my students' love for reading early on. I offer incentives, sing praises, and write encouraging notes for every reading accomplishment that takes place in my classroom. If you are still reading, I am sure you are wondering how in the world did this dude get to be a guest blogger here on the IRC website. He is a rambling idiot... I have a point... Keep reading.