Take the Thanksgiving Dare: Be There

Take the Thanksgiving Dare: Be There!

Take the Thanksgiving Dare: put down your cell phone and be there. Dare to remember to be a human being, not just a human doing. Let's give a present on Thanksgiving by being PRESENT. Be intentional. Be there!

There will be people who have their day ruined on Thanksgiving by a text message or a tweet or a Facebook update. Why not put the cell phones up and just enjoy being present? Have a basket by the door and deposit your cell phone.

Thanksgiving Dare: Put Down the Cell Phone and Be There

Put down your phone and pick up your life! I Dare You!

Remember who you are teacher. You teach with your life every day. And right now you're a family member or friend. Remember those precious babies and adults and parents across the table from you tomorrow. They need you THERE!

Be there – REALLY THERE. Make some memories. Eat some pie. But don't be the person texting on their cell phone the whole time — that person is going to be the turkey.

Hide your cell phone from yourself this holiday. I dare ya!

[callout]While you're at it, here's a poem to help you remember and focus on who you are! Your family needs you! Be there! [/callout]

Remembering Who I Am

I am not an avatar nor am I an id
I am not my Twitter nor my online identity
I am not my LinkedIn and my blog isn't me
I’m a mom and a teacher in all simplicity.

Tis easy to get caught up in “being something” more
when what I am to be is often the two feet on my floor.
No one else can hug my kids nor wipe a wet tear
love the unlovely or calm the raw fear.

The pressure from “somewhere” to be some kind of star
is deceiving and distracting from helping us be who we are.
Balance, focus, and time offline
are the successful habits of the overachieving mind.

Reject the invisible hand that pushes you to stress
think what you want and how time should be spent best.
Choose your life’s course, don’t just flow with the stream,
you can be more…but it should fit with your dream.

by Vicki Davis

Remember who you are

Remember who you are!


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Norah Colvin November 27, 2014 - 6:34 am

Brilliant! Love the poem and its sentiments. There is no better present than being present for those you love. The challenge is a worthy one to take up. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day with your family!

coolcatteacher November 27, 2014 - 6:54 am

You too Norah and I agree! I have my cell phone a bit this morning but I am the only one up!!! ;-)
Vicki Davis
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Norah Colvin November 27, 2014 - 7:09 am

That’s sneaky! Get your fix in before anyone else is up! I like it! :)

William P. Gerace November 27, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Another excellent piece Vicki. This really makes you think and reflect. Have a great holiday.

Vicki Davis December 6, 2014 - 7:37 am

Thank you so much! You too! I hope it was a great one!


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