When I moved back to my home town after college, my first steady work was as a technology specialist. It was kind of special because, I was working in my own childhood elementary school, two minutes from home!
Supporting teacher technology skills and interfacing with the kids were my favorite parts of that job. Being there reminded me of the great teachers I was fortunate to know, and the magic they brought to learning for me. That experience helped to push me toward the decision to teach.
While I worked there, a first grade teacher on the staff became friends with a superhero that visited her class for special events – Zero Man. He could exponentially increase any number with his amazing power. It seemed like his powers were limitless.
Zero Man made my time at that school much more fun, but I don’t think I ever told him, and I do believe in this quote that I’ve read, “Manners are like zero in arithmetic. They may not be much in themselves, but they are capable of adding a great deal of value to everything else.”
In that spirit, I think I have a Thank You note to write…
Dear Zero Man,
Thank you for making the whole world “calculably” more interesting with your amazing super powers. Factor on, Zero Man! Factor on…
(Manners quote attributed to Freya Stark)