Students ~ Stop Listening to Us Adults ~ Listen to Your Spirit and Show Us How to Learn Again and How to Live Again ~

The School of Athens and ISIS (International School of Intelligent Students present:

You students need to stop listening to us adults telling you that you have to get it now and have to get it as fast as possible for the test this week and the test at the end of the year. 

 Stop listening to us giving you the excuse that we have so much to cover that we don't have the time to give you as many chances as you need to get it. 

 Einstein was told this and told he was stupid and slow because he didn't get it right away. 

 Thank him that he didn't listen to us adults and listened to his own childlike spirit and mind, and changed our limited understanding of the world. 

 And if he stopped listening to the adults and went home and studied his books until he got it, you can too. 

 But stop expecting us to change. 

And stop listening to us. 

 We are adults. We are our habits. And we don't change. 

 But you know that Aristotle said we are our habits (Είμαστε συνήθειές μας) 

 Or in French if you prefer, because the translation is much more obvious and sounds much cooler: 

 Nous sommes nos habitudes (new sohm noze AH-bee-tude-ah)

Which sounds like, "We are our ATTITUDES." 

 We adults have the attitude that we CAN'T change, that there ISN'T enough time, that some of you just AREN'T able to get it you poor things, 

and that we are JUST one person, and that we poor things can only hope to reach just ONE of you in the course of a year, 

 instead of ALL OF YOU in AT LEAST ONE WAY because we have ALL day and ALL year to do it. 

 YOU have the attitude that it's FUN to change, to grow, and to PLAY with your potential every day. 

 You know that you were given as many chances to learn to walk and talk as you needed, and you deserve as many chances now as you need to learn whatever it is you're being asked to learn. 

 BUT quit expecting us limited-minded poor old adults to give it to you. 

 You stay rich in your spirit and start giving it to yourself. 

 Go home with whatever you were tried to be taught at school and use your notes and homework to play around with it, create a game out of it, do a project with it, make a song out of it, create a story or a play or a poem out of it. 

 Why? Because you are worth being given as many chances as it takes for you to get it, and if we adults are too stressed and full of our own excuses and self-limiting beliefs to give it to you, you give it to yourself. 

 You know you are worth it, and you know this is how real learning occurs. 

 And if you don't do this for yourself, you will become an adult, one of us, and you will become stressed out full of foolish self-limiting beliefs that you just aren't good at something or that this type of success just isn't in your destiny. 

 Don't become one of us. 

 Stay one of you, stay in your spirit, and use it become the best unlimited you that you can and deserve to become, and the world needs you to become. 

 Show us adults how to live again, how we can become rich again, and what we can become again.

Show us how to live in our spirit instead of our limitations.


Experiencing Christmas Everyday

In Hinduism there are two powerful gods, of creation and destruction (Brahma and Shiva).

If it's true that we humans create our own fear, then it is also true that we can destroy our own fear we have created inside of us.

And when we have destroyed our own fear, we destroy our self-imposed false limitations.

When we do this for ourselves we become able to help those around us destroy their own fear, and create their own limitless nature.

What a gift to give ourselves everyday, and give to others everyday,

And experience Christmas together, everyday 


Today is Your Day

The only thing keeping you from getting what you want, is the story you keep telling yourself why you don't have what you want. ~ Tony Robbins

No more telling ourselves fairy tales as to why we don't have what we want.

No more letting our "buts" getting bigger.

No more "I would do it but"......"I would have that but........"

Today we Dream Big and BELIEVE.......

Today we Do Big and TRY.......

Today we Become Big and SUCCEED!




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In a world of so much negativity
We want to share so much positivity


Building Eiffel Towers of Courage, Confidence, and Capability in our Students.

If you want to soar, to succeed, to learn to fly....You got to try, you got to never quit, you got to jump!

*This has been a School of Athens ~ International School of Intelligent Students production.

Thank you for reading.


Becoming Teachers that Forge Our Students into Steel

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Hug the Heaven into them 

& Hammer the Hell out of Them

Not with Hell

But with Hellfire

In an effort to get the best of of its students, the School of Athens went on a quest to find out how to get the best out of itself.

Using one of the greatest minds in human history, Einstein, it asked itself the beginning question, "Was weiß ich?".......What do I know, in order to imagine a solution to its problem.

"I know that the Sun produces amazingly powerful energy in the form of light and heat. How can I produce this in the classroom?"

Waking up and taking daily trips to this star for the past few months, this School o-f At-hens, or School of Fat Hens, as Jordan (daughter of Susan Kocarek) calls it, woke up Leonardo da Vinci on the way, who said, "Sai che ora è?".....Do you know what time it is?

"Never mind that. I need to know how to produce more light and energy in the classroom."

"Just use your senses. The human brain is capable of being aware of 2,000 to 3 million bits of data per second.  Cosa vedi? What do you see, about how the Sun makes light and heat," da Vinci replied.

As the two looked on, they saw the Sun smashing its Hydrogen atoms together so powerfully that their nuclei became fused together, creating entirely new molecules of Helium. 

This nuclear fusion produced photons of light and heat 450 times more powerful than what had existed before.

Placing themselves in Plank scale space-time, 10 to the -45 seconds, or .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 seconds, they observed these photons bounce around for 10,000 years until they reached the surface of the Sun and sped off to Earth in 8 minutes.

"But I don't have 10,000 years to do this. I need to do this today! How?"

"I don't know. Go ask Socrates. I'm going back to bed", yawned Leonardo, and he was gone.

"Soh-crates! Soh-crates! Wake up!"

"It's "Sah-creh-teez'", came the reply. 

"Oh, sorry. Bill and Ted told me it was 'Soh-crates'."

"Just philosophize with him dude," whispered Bill and Ted, who were still up partying.

"Poia eínai i gnómi sas?", questioned Socrates, who never told his students what to think, but taught them how to think.

"What do YOU think is the greatest source of energy you have ever felt or known?" he dug deeper.

"Love, and passion......So.......Maybe, I feel my love for the world so deeply; in my cells, my molecules, my atoms....and smash them together as passionately as I can that their nuclei become fused together and unbreakable.....

 .....Producing so much light and heat coming out of my body that others around me become energized 450 times more powerful than they and I were were just a few seconds ago?"

"Try it. What have you got to lose? You can't take anything with you when you die, so why not try and give everything away while you're here, all the while having more and more to give?", the great lover of wisdom said as he placed his hand on the shoulder of the School of Athens.

"That's exactly what I meant when I said 70 times 7!" Jesus shouted as he roared past on his motorcycle, with The School of Athens quickly jumping on for the 8 minute trip back to Earth. 

"Ok, we'll do it!", the School shouted in the wind. "We'll love so passionately that our love becomes powerful and unbreakable, using nucleosynthesis to hug the Heaven into them.......

....and Hellfire to Hammer the Hell out of them.

And having been enlightened and armed with the lessons and weapons of Einstein, da Vinci, the Sun, Bill and Ted, Socrates, and a passionate man of fire from Nazareth........

...the School of Athens was fused with a vivid imagination of the world that could be
...and determined to do what it does best; 

Love them all...

~ Any student who comes into our classrooms
~ Any student that says "Hi" to us in the hallways
~ Any student who opens his or her eyes at us

We're going to love all of these angels.......and kill all of their demons.

Powerful Video ~ Man on Fire ~ 


The School of Athens News ~ Being Great Starts Very Small

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Being Great Starts Very Small

That’s why it’s easier to work with children than adults; they're still full of their own possibility.

And for those in whom that possibility has already begun to whittle away, it’s easier to pick up the pieces and help them put themselves back together again,

.....Where they return to a state of truly dreaming big, doing big, and becoming big……..

.....Instead of becoming less and less with each passing day and each passing school year.

If we as grown ups find ourselves whittled away to nothing,  we need to return to our inner child, past all of the tragic and disappointing things that have happened in our lives, and begin to love and believe in ourselves, and begin again with all of the hope and dreams that produce inspired action.

And we will begin growing again, and life will become fun again.

Motivational Video


The School of Athens News ~ In Sports ~ Kingston Wins in Competition Craziness!





In a close competition during the Comprehension Craziness competition, academic athlete Kingston answered all 10 reading questions correctly, tying him with several other competitors for the lead.

On the last shot of the game, he braced himself for his last bonus shot, focusing intently on the target across the room, and hit it for the win!

The crowd erupted and his fellow competitors lifted him up on their shoulders in celebration!

After the game during the post game interview amid the rush-the-field celebration, with his arm around his academic athlete, his coach said, 

"I'll tell you what, that focus he had on the last shot was what won the game for us. 

With that kind of intense focus and learning from the shots he missed, it was a true science experiment, changing only one variable at a time with each new shot.

With this kind of scientific thinking, there is nothing he can't accomplish on the classroom field, or in life!" 

When asked what gave him the victory, Kingston, his voice hoarse from celebration, rasped, "It was being able to figure out so many answers that gave me so many opportunities to hit the targets that were spread out across the classroom field.

I'm glad I paid attention the past few days while coach went over the plays of this week's story!"

With his victory, Kingston earned the position and title he has coveted for three long months, that of being promoted to President of Science as Dr. Martin Luther Kingston. 

As the honor was bestowed upon him, his coach said, "Hey, he worked hard to earn it. He deserved to get it! His passion for it propelled him to produce it :-)"


Our Students Must Believe that We Believe in Them ~ and that kind of Complete Belief takes Complete Love

Sitting up late tonight listening to songs and I came across one by Mumford & Sons called, "Believe".

I watched the official video and then the one with the lyrics.........Then I watched them both again.

The new school year starts in a week, and I need to believe in a group of students I've never met, at a school where I've never taught. 

How do I get these students to believe in themselves? How do I get them to believe in me?

After closing my eyes and listening to the lyrics over and over, I now know how.

I have to first believe in them. 

But how do I get myself to believe in them; and believe I can have the strength to hold onto them each day all the time?

I need to go back to what I DO KNOW about each one of them, even though I've never met any one of them. 

I KNOW they all learned how to walk, and if they all learned how to walk then I KNOW they all can learn how to think.

How did they ALL learn how to walk? They were all COMPLETELY BELIEVED IN that they could learn how to walk. 

And just how were they ALL completely believed in?

They were all COMPLETELY LOVED by those around them; because powerful, pure, unquestioned BELIEF in another TAKES powerful, pure, unquestioned LOVE for another.

So then all I need to do is COMPLETELY BELIEVE in their ability to think, to learn, and to grow by COMPLETELY LOVING their potential to do so. 

But I'm just a teacher, and I've heard that those who can, do; and those that cannot, teach. Who am I to believe I can do this? 

Well, because I know the opposite is true; that those who CAN LOVE and CAN BELIEVE IN OTHERS........are called TEACHERS!

This is what we do, and these lyrics are our students' challenge to us. And successfully meeting this challenge goes far beyond determining how well they do on the state tests.

How well we meet this challenge affects how much they will love and believe in themselves, and be able to love and believe in others, as adults.

What we do this year affects them forever. I'd say they're all worth fighting for, and not fighting with.

Listen closely to our children's words: