Math = Love: Student Council District V Meeting

Friday, March 7, 2014

Student Council District V Meeting

So, even after writing 273 blog posts, I'm still not exactly sure what people want to read about.  If y'all haven't noticed, I just tend to write about everything.  Foldables.  Games.  Lessons that didn't go quite as planned.  Books I'm reading.  Funny things my students say.  Student council projects.  Commentary on the weather.

Last Wednesday, I took a group of six student council members to our district meeting in Ponca City.  If you're unfamiliar with your Oklahoma geography, Ponca City is practically in Kansas.  As you drive north to Ponca City, the highway signs read: "Ponca City X miles; State Line Y miles."  District meetings are an opportunity for students from various student councils across our region of the state to come together to listen to a speaker and complete a service project. 

The theme for our meeting was "The Road to Success."  

The Road to Success

The Ponca City High School Student Council did a great job with the decorations!  

Road to Success Decor

While waiting for the program to start, we enjoyed muffins and donuts.  I took this time to draw a picture on the back of our envelope of registration materials.  Keep in mind that I am not an artist.  

Sunny Day In The Park

Yeah, I think I'll stick with teaching math.  

I love how they used the old license plates to decorate with!

The highlight of our trip was the speaker, Tiffany Smiling.  Tiffany is an entrepreneur and founder of Project Orphans.  Project Orphans is a charity that was created to build and staff homes for orphans in Uganda, Jamaica, Burma, and Haiti.

Tiffany was a powerful speaker with a powerful story.  If you have time today, I would suggest that you spend some of it listening to Tiffany tell her story of overcoming a childhood diagnosis of a rare form of brain cancer and doing what others deemed impossible.  It's not quite twelve minutes long, and I think it will be well worth your time.  My students left inspired, and they couldn't quit talking about how touched they were by her story.  

If you can't see the video embedded below, follow this link to youtube.  Warning, you might want to make sure you have a kleenex handy.  



  1. I usually pop on your blog every day just to see what’s up! I love that you have a diverse group of topics to write about. Keep writing about whatever you feel needs to be shared. I meant to comment the other day on your big post about functions, it was a great lesson! I sampled (read stole) some of it for my math 8 classes later that week. Many of your posts and other bloggers have influenced my teaching this year and it has made me a better teacher. I keep trying to get other members of my department to take a break from the grading and do some blog reading, it really is a great experience!

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment! It's good to know that the sometimes eclectic nature of my blog isn't a turn-off! I'm glad to hear that you and your students are getting so much out of blogging! My kids have stopped asking where I get all of my ideas from because I always tell them the Internet. Keep encouraging your fellow teachers to check out blogs! They'll come around eventually.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I had to share that video on facebook. I still have tears rolling down my face. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. It is an amazing video. I listened to it again the other day while I was working, and it made me cry again.