Mary Saville

Educator - STEM, ACTS Homeschool Teaching Support

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I'm tired of....

Sometimes when I begin a class, I notice a buzzing of grumpiness in the air. When that happens, I occasionally yell, "10 seconds for everyone to say as loudly as they want what is bothering them. No penalties!" The first time, they are surprised. After that, they use this "free swing" time to vent, there's chaos for 10 seconds, then they gather themselves for learning. I join in as well.

So, here's your free swing time. What are you tired of?

I'm tired of being nice. I'd much rather be purposeful, compassionate, challenging or direct, rather than being a confection.

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    Apr 16 2011: I'm tired of hearing fellow citizens saying that it was better under communist regime, lead by Ceausescu.
    And I’m tired of anxious drivers using the horn as first resort.
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    Apr 16 2011: i'm tired of people who are outputting more information than they ingest. it should be the other way around. anyone who thinks that he can know a topic without studying it first, is an idiot.
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  • Apr 15 2011: Folks who constantly complain about environmental doom and calamity, yet when presented with solutions, they shoot them down one after the other.It appears that satisfaction comes from the process of complaining rather than finding solutions. In addition, they always point the finger at others, never at themselves, as part of the problem.
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    Apr 15 2011: I'm tired of people saying greed is the problem and love is the solution.

    Human emotions consist of a combination of love and greed. The solution will tap into both.
  • Apr 15 2011: I'm tired of a whole bunch of things I won't bother to list here, but I LOVE what you do with your kids at the start of class! I may even shamelessly steal your idea for our company meetings.
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      Apr 15 2011: good for you. it's surprisingly cathartic, humanizing and effective at focusing a group.
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    Apr 15 2011: I am extremely tired of two things: I am tired of people looking at me with that 'sad for me' look on their face as though they have something disgusting under their nose when I say I am not a 'Born Again Christian' and how sorry they are that I will go to hell. I am also tired out by men who believe they have some right over the decision making process of what a woman can and cannot do with their bodies. It's their body, they get to chose!
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    Apr 15 2011: I am tired of people being afraid of being wrong and/or ignorant.

    People learn best when when they are wrong because after that all they can do is absorb more information to consider!

    This is why the academic education system is complete garbage and denies true potential that exist within each of us!

    Edited: This is a great thread idea, and like Revett denoted, possibly good in a lot of group environments let alone a classroom.
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    Apr 18 2011: I'm tired of people trying to "solve" each other's pain by explaining why he or she shouldn't feel that way, without empathy. It's much better just to honor suffering.
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      Apr 18 2011: wow, the good ol' man-woman communication breakdown. i always realize it some time *after* i went in the wrong direction.
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    Apr 16 2011: I'm tired of people who think overconfidence is a perfectly reasonable substitute to being right. I'm tired of of people who think that being drunk absolves them from responsibility for their actions. I'm tired of national pride (as a child of two countries, I will never really understand it).
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    Apr 15 2011: I am tired of having to see those annoying headlines at the bottom while I watch the news
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    Apr 15 2011: I'm tired of polarization and arrogance in politics. Too many people believe that their ideology is absolutely correct (and free of spin), and that those who don't agree are stupid. It's a divisive attitude that poisons our civil discourse.
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    Apr 15 2011: this is a good idea! im tired of humans treating other humans as less than human. its disgusting, worng, and has no place in this time or the next.
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    Apr 19 2011: I'm tired of WINTER - it's April 19th and it snowed here yesterday!
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      Apr 16 2011: carbon ... atom ... falls ... to the ... ground?? that's indeed revolutionary thinking. but wait! oxygen atom is heavier! i'm so confused!
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          Apr 17 2011: i could not say i don't agree. i must say "carbon atoms falling" makes no sense whatsoever. it is wrong on so many levels, it would not make much sense to pick a few. it is like trying to describe the difference between a ladder and an egg. you don't even know how to start. every difference seems to be irrelevant, as they differ in almost everything. that's how bad this falling atom argument is.
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        • Apr 17 2011: Hi Masonic, perhaps you refer to what is commonly called "black carbon" or carbon particulate matter which is essentially soot from burning carbon-based material such as coal. This will fall to the ground - folks who live near the industries which generate this stuff often complain of blackened drapes, black dust on the furniture and so on. The bigger problem of course, is that they breathe in this stuff as well. The finer particles will stay in the atmosphere for a while, however, and can be transported around the globe by atmospheric winds. The processes that create carbon particles, however, can also create carbon gases, CO and CO2 which will rise to higher levels in the atmosphere. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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        • Apr 17 2011: Hi Mason (hope you don't mind the short form), there really is a lot that we are not clear on with the climate change phenomenon and the Earth, as you say, has endured many upheavals in nature during its lifetime. I usually try to keep away from climate change discussions as they can become quite vexatious without being constructive. I prefer to focus on the health effects of pollution and also the simple fact that we should not waste things because our resources are finite. There are people who are genuinely concerned and there are others, again as you say, that will capitalize on anything that brings them some form of gain. On your last note, if we change our mindset, the change in behavior will follow. Thanks for the post. We are a little off topic here so I hope we don't get kicked off :-)
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      Apr 17 2011: I'm sorry Massonic, but that's complete and utter nonsense. Whether you believe climate change to be a reality or not, the fact is our planet would be screwed if carbon dioxide didn't provide a way for sunlight to be reflected back to Earth. I share Krisztián's bafflement.
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          Apr 17 2011: We don't need to make this personal. I'm just pointing out that your line of reasoning with regards to the carbon atom is frankly strange. You can believe that climate change isn't manmade (although you're going against the scientific consensus on that one) but you're going to provide an argument that actually makes some sense. I dare say viruses and microbes don't seem to have a problem floating around and yet they're full of carbon (lots of it).
  • Apr 15 2011: just like the word sorry, are we truly sorry every time we say it?
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    Apr 15 2011: I get tired of women (women, because that's the only public restroom I use) who don't clean the seat if they've made a mess.
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      Apr 15 2011: oh so true. how can women make such a mess if they are supposed to be sitting?
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        Apr 15 2011: I'm intrigued to know the answer to this also?
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          Apr 15 2011: Umm, the only thing really suitable for print is that it involves hovering.
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    Apr 15 2011: I´m tired of people complaining of being tired of something ,and then they never do something to fix or improve it .(including me , of course)