I thank you for reaching this milestone in history! That is correct! Today is a new day, and it will be a day like no other. If these words sound far-fetched, mundane, or even foolish, they should not. Each of us has the opportunity to add valuable insight into their own lives, and the lives of others, because this is another day that you get to add to your own personal narrative. That’s right! Today we add to our own personal story. Please: carpe diem!
From the movie, the Dead Poets Society (1989):
“Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. Because we are food for worms lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.”
I am writing a series of short journal entries – snippets of a larger story – and aligning them with k12 education, in general, and #stem education specifically. As humans, we are storytellers. Some of us like telling stories; others like listening to them. We read books, watch movies, go to the theatre, and interact with others in role-playing games. It is this last item on the list that I will focus on today.
I write this with a great deal of hesitation. This is the type of hesitation that causes you to look over your shoulder every so often or jump at the slightest sound. I tell this story so that all of you can be informed of the truth – you are not alone (even when you think you are!). This short story comes with a backstory, of course. So, please allow me to set the scene.
As some of you already know, I integrate story with #stem education. I believe that one does not exist without the other. More readily, #stem education is greatly supported within the context of the story. Additionally, some of you may also know that I favor the fantasy story, mostly in the genre of dungeons and dragons. However, this time, the story crosses over to the psychological horror genre, but not of my doing. The story came to me as an actual event! What I am about to tell you was real! Very real!
You have been warned!