Be Here Now
Be Here Now (Photo credit: Aunti Juli)

It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters for the “Writing Process”.

Set aside five minutes of free writing time to join me on writing about “Here”, today’s topic.  Remember I’m applying my Five Minute Friday posts toward education and work, but you can write about anything about “Here” that sparks your interest.

Start…

Right now, right here is your moment.  It is your moment to be, to do.  No dwelling on yesterday and it’s struggles, no worries of tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be here when tomorrow comes.  As for now, this moment, we are in the here and now.  So, now that now is here, what are you to do?  

Step out in the day, step out in all you are and be the best you that you can be.  Here and now is your moment to do your best and succeed in all you can.  No worries for failure because if failure should occur in the here and now, this moment will too pass and the future will become the here and now that you can triumph in.  So no worries about yesterday, and let tomorrow be the here and now when it comes.  To be and do the best you can in the here and now is to focus on the here and make the most of the moment, make the most of your abilities in the now. This is how you learn.  This is how you succeed.

Focusing on yesterday in the here just brings worry which results in obstacles.  Obstacles become hurdles that hold you back.  They hold you back from learning and success.  Worrying of yesterday in the here brings struggle that can be avoided if you realign your focus on the here and now, and nothing else.  This is how you learn.  This is how you succeed.  

Focusing on tomorrow in the here brings worry and struggles about what could happen if only, what if, what might, and more.  These words to yourself in the here emphasizes the possibility and worry of the future, neglecting the here and now.  This neglect reinforces failure in the here and now.  So let tomorrow be.  Tomorrow will take care of tomorrow when it comes, when it becomes here and now.  Let this moment here be your focus, be your work, and be our vision. This is how you learn.  This is how you succeed.  

Stop! 

Note: During Five Minute Friday, you are not supposed to stop to make any edits.  Free writing without stopping is the purpose.  Notice there are errors in my Five Minute Friday writing above.  These errors will not be edited because editing them would defeat the purpose of Five Minute Friday.  Part of the reason I’m featuring Five Minute Friday on adaptivelearnin is to teach students how to write without anxiety.  I want them to see the errors to show them that errors are okay to make during free writing.  I want this to be an educational experience for them.  Feel free to use this or my other FMF posts as examples in lessons if you wish.  Happy Friday!

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Beth Crumpler is the founder of adaptivelearnin. Beth is an educator who is passionate about platforms for adaptive learning and curriculum design. She earned her B.A. in music education from Southeastern University, M.S. in TESOL from Shenandoah University, and 42 graduate-level credits from several universities in California. Beth is an experienced teacher, curriculum writer, blogger, and elearning course developer in the fields of ESL and music education. She has written learning content for several major educational companies/institutions. Her strongest asset is in using needs analysis and thinking creatively to develop adaptive educational materials both through kinesthetic hands-on and technological platforms to meet the diverse learning needs of students regardless of age, learning need and content area. Beth has taught students of many linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She loves her work, loves to bring positive humor to it whenever possible, and is seriously dedicated to the profession. Beth's experiences teaching for numerous content areas, diverse populations, and a wide range of age groups is what propelled her with the vision to create adaptivelearnin. Her vision has been to support educators in finding resources which support learning through modified and targeted experiences so that all students receive individualized learning to facilitate their educational growth needs. Adaptivelearnin is a place where educators can find digital and hands-on adaptive learning resources for planning and instructional purposes. Beth does freelance curriculum writing, article writing/blogging, and online course development. For inquires about hiring Beth for work, please email her at Beth@adaptivelearnin.com. Go to http://adaptivelearnin.com/beth-crumpler-publications to check out published articles Beth has written. Opinions are her own and are not those of her employer, or previous employers.

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