I am not a surfer.
I love the ocean. I love Santa Cruz.
Our upper grades rotate students so they name the groups of students by colleges. Most of our students come from families that didn’t attend college. I want them to think of college as a wonderful place. Growing up, I knew I would go to college. My parents hadn’t graduated from college but they made it clear I would. It was something I always looked forward to. I want that for my students.
I went to the University of California Santa Cruz so my homeroom students will be the Banana Slugs. I know it’s not the most glorious of mascots, but I love it. I’ll convince them to love it too.
Santa Cruz is so much more than banana slugs, which brings me back to surfing. When I was little, my aunt and uncle lived on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz and we would walk to the lighthouse and watch the surfers and listen to the seal lions bark and the waves crash. It was my favorite place.
I woke up this morning and decide to practice making things on PowerPoint by making some beach subway art. I was brainstorming and couldn’t remember the name of those boards that you throw on the sand where the waves crash and jump on and slide. (I still can’t.) While being distracted by the internet I came across this video by O’Neil that I thought would be a fun way to get my students excited about being named after Santa Cruz. I thought I’d share.
I love how this talks about innovation. We have a time we call BEST where we focus on character and ethics. I thought this video could spark a discussion about passion leading to innovation.