“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Pay It Forward Day


Today is International Pay It Forward Day. I love this idea. I think it's too bad we actually need a day to recognize it, but perhaps that also is a good thing, as it will raise awareness. 

"In 2000, Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel Pay It Forward was published and adapted into a Warner Brothers film, Pay It Forward. In Ryan Hyde's book and movie it is described as an obligation to do three good deeds for others in response to a good deed that one receives. Such good deeds should accomplish things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own. In this way, the practice of helping one another can spread geometrically through society, at a ratio of three to one, creating a social movement with an impact of making the world a better place." (source: Wikipedia.org)


I discussed the concept of Pay It Forward with my class yesterday and gave them a copy of Laura Candler's Pay It Forward Day handout to record their good deeds on today.  
Click on the image above to download a copy of Laura's handout from her Seasonal Activities page.

I hope that everyday can become a Pay It Forward Day for all my students, my friends, colleagues and followers.  Who doesn't want to make the world a better place for everyone?

In light of recent events, Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching, Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties, and Ideas by Jivey are hosting this uplifting linky!  Click on the image above or any of the blog names to link up yourself, or to check out what other teachers are doing!

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11 comments:

  1. I had no idea when I planned this linky that today was Pay It Forward Day! How wonderful!! :) Thanks for linking up!
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey


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    1. I thought it was serendipity myself! Thanks for setting up such a wonderful linky party. It's nice to think about the good things in life with all the strife we are facing in the world today.
      Have a wonderful day:) Your linky will Pay It Forward for a long time to come!
      Sidney

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  2. Wow, how ironic that today would be Pay it Forward Day when we launched the linky!! Too funny! I love this idea! Thanks for linking up!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  3. I love it when irony is GOOD! Your linky is a great idea and today was the perfect day to launch it.
    Sidney

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  4. I love the idea of pay it forward day! I agree that it is kind of sad that we have to make a specific day for it...but it is a neat way to really make sure to recognize that we are "paying it forward." I think it is a concept even the little ones can understand! Thanks for sharing and thanks for attaching the handout. :)

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

    PS I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks for being a new follower! I hope you find some of my ramblings to be helpful or inspirational. That is what I love about other teacher blogs, I get great ideas and learn new things, like Pay It Forward Day. I too had never heard of it…so I was glad to do something to recognize it this year.
      Have a great weekend!
      Sidney

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  5. I have never heard of Pay it Forward Day! This is a great idea! We are testing so our Pay it Forward day will magically re-appear on the calendar in a few weeks!

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  6. Of course, I didn't know it was Pay It Forward Day either! Thanks for sharing and how perfect for our linky! We have such great opportunities to inspire!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  7. Love the linky idea, it fit so well with the Pay It Forward concept. We all need something inspirational and uplifting right now. Thanks for sharing!
    Sidney

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