Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Homework Assignment (From Burlington, MA?) Is Now Yours...

So I have been tasked (or tagged) by Patrick Larkin, Burlington MA Assistant Superintendent for Learning, with a homework assignment.
Now I have never been one who advocates for homework. Never mind accept one from someone who is not my teacher or boss. However, when the assignment is real, relevant, and can connect you to a network of people who share a passion for education, I'd say it more than meets my criteria of a meaningful assignment.

Additionally, since I have Patrick to thank for urging me to join both Twitter and blogging, I will gladly take on this "assignment".

Thank you Patrick. Here goes...

Part I.  11 Random Facts About Me...
  1. I've seen the Dave Matthews Band over 100 times and still look forward to more.
  2. I was born in Atlanta GA, but raised in Barrington RI.
  3. I played rugby from senior year in high school (1993) until I "retired" in 2005 after a trip to the Men's D2 National Sweet 16. 
  4. In Middle School, I was the goalie for at hockey team from the US that travelled to West Germany to play in an international hockey tournament.
  5. I have had 2 ACL reconstructions to show for my hockey & rugby endeavors.
  6. I enjoy camping.
  7. I have been lucky enough to have spent a summer driving cross country and back with my wife.
  8. I hold/held (?) the "sit and reach" fitness testing record at Barrington HS, with +13 inches past toes.
  9. I drove a scooter in High School.
  10. I was in Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Rhode Island.
  11. Both my mother and my wife are educators in Rhode Island.
  12. I am "Substantially Below Proficient" when it comes to anything having to do with cars.
Part II.  Answer the 11 Questions the Nominating Blogger Has Created for You...

  1. Have you ever been to Massachusetts? Yes.
  2. What is your favorite sports team (college or pro)? Go Pats!
  3. Besides you, name a blogger that you would recommend to others. Tim Chace
  4. When you were little, what did you dream of becoming? Oceanographer and professional hockey player
  5. How far away do you live from where you grew up? 34.3 Miles 
  6. What is your favorite meal? Pizza
  7. If you were offered a free trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go? Hawaii 
  8. Do you prefer Macs or PC's? Macs.
  9. Other than the birth of your children and/or the day you were married or met your soulmate, what was the best day of your life? Breaking through a period of generalized adolescent angst about life by spontaneously deciding to go sliding down a golf course hill in a trash bag during a springtime rain storm with friends.
  10. What is the best movie you've seen in the last year? Pearl Jam 20
  11. What is the last live concert that you've attended? Life is Good Festival (with- Roots/Hall&Oats/others)
Part III. List 11 Bloggers...
  1. Jeff Delp
  2. A.J. Juliani
  3. Angela Maiers
  4. Miguel Guhlin
  5. Scott McLeod
  6. Shawn McCusker
  7. Chris Lehmann
  8. Rob Mezzanotte
  9. Timothy S. Chace
  10. Justin Tarte
  11. David Hochheiser
  12. And anyone else who wants to play along (please see below)
Part IV. Post 11 Questions You Nominate to Answer...
  1. Who is your favorite author right now?
  2. What is your favorite season and why?
  3. In your opinion, what is the best TV series of all time?
  4. Who is your favorite teacher from your childhood and why?
  5. If you could have any vehicle, what would it be?
  6. If you could wake up tomorrow and have one thing immediately change about school/education, what would it be?
  7. Dogs or cats?
  8. If you could eliminate/change 1 rule in your favorite sport, what would it be?
  9. If you could become an expert in any field/skill, that you currently have NO experience with, what would it be? 
  10. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
  11. The best part about being in education right now is...?
If You Were Nominated or Want to Join In Here Are the Guidelines for Your Homework...
  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers.
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
  • Finally- Post back here (in the comment section) with a link to your finished assignment. Go on, you have homework to do.


  1. Thanks for finishing your assignment Michael! It sounds like we have some similar music tastes. I love Dave and got to see Pearl Jam in Worcester when they were in town recently. I am also impressed by your athletic accomplishments!

    Hope you and your family have a great holiday!

  2. Lol! Substantially below with cars!