TRIPLE III TIME: “The Little Things”

option 3It is that time again when I begin preparing for and making special notes about teaching my American Government & Politics classes.  Understandably there are many areas that are similar semester to semester… but it is a BIG priority to consider ideas that will make each class experience unique.  So, as I thought back over the last year… a few “out-of-class” experiences seemed to stand out in my mind.

First, I bumped into a past student who was working in a local hardware store.  She greeted me with a huge smile and announced: “Hey Sir I got the scholarship that you wrote me a letter of recommendation for!  Like we talked in class… I tried to be just me in my application, and it worked!”

Next I was attending a local school function and felt a tap on my shoulder from a middle-aged female student who was working to become a nurse. I could tell she was in a hurry as part of the school event… but she asked if I could stay for a minute so I could meet her son.  She said: “Every week we talk at home about some of the stuff we talked about in class… and you know… he actually talked like a real adult!”

Finally, as I was entering a local restaurant, I observed one of my former dual enrollment students working as a waitress.  She was very diligently serving customers… and yes smiling a lot… but somehow in the midst of her responsibilities she properly excused herself through a line-up of people and shook my hand. There were no words… just a solid handshake, wonderful smile and a direct look into my eyes. And I instantly remembered the moments we discussed in class how important these elements of a professional greeting are.

I believe I don’t have to say much more to emphasize how important The Little Things are when trying to offer learning moments. Hearing and realizing these BIG payback appreciation experiences are beyond priceless… and yes they have made me a little more ready for the semester!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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