Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peanuts, Libraries and Making a Difference!

My previous post relating that we are more than the sum of our scores and evaluations really struck a chord out there. I know this isn't exactly the "Common" of "Common Core", but we really do share similar experiences, no matter what demographics our schools reflect. It's encouraging to remember, though, that we're all in this together! (cue the "High School Musical" soundtrack!)

I've been a Peanuts Fan since i first saw "A Charlie Brown Christmas" when it originally aired on TV. I went to school the next day with almost the same excitement I had for seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan for the first time. Television history! Shaping and molding me into the person I am today. You know, that's when we had maybe 3 channels, 1 television, so I appreciate parents who were into all elements of pop culture. Of course Saturday nights watching Lawrence Welk as a family was another matter! But my dad would imitate Joanne Castle, the bouncy piano player, and we'd all get to dance around the family room. BIg Fun on the Prairie. But I digress. 

This week, as many of us are enjoying some of the more fun aspects of our jobs, here's a little food for thought. Let's lay aside our concerns and apprehensions about whatever might be going on. Take a little break friends and digest the following. Oh, and if it looks familiar, it's from something I wrote back in March, 2009. Kind of like a "BFTP" (Blast From the Past) that Doug Johnson writes that never seem to go out of date!

The following is based on the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. See how you do on this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. 
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. 
Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

How did you do?  Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. As Media Specialists, friends, spouses, parents, and children, we are those people. Wherever you find yourself in the evaluation process, continue to be that person to someone and know you're making a difference.  

Have a great week and stay grounded, Difference Makers!


Sandy Penvose