Quick trivia question: What is Henry Ford known for inventing?
Answer: First-generation American Henry Ford (1863-1947), is the inventor of the first affordable automobile--called the Model T--manufactured in an assembly line in Detroit.
The model-T is the great-great-great grandfather of the Ford cars many of us drive today. Because it was the first car that most Americans could afford, he sold millions of them, and became a very, very wealthy man and business tycoon.
Take a peek at this 5 minute video of the creation of the Model-T, which started being produced in 1908. I remember my grandma telling me that it was a BIG DEAL when the first person in their town got a car--everyone wanted a ride. Until then, it was horses and buggies all the way. When you watch the video, you'll see that the drivers haven't exactly, uh, had a lot of driving practice!
I choose today's quote because it has a special meaning for me today. The Seattle teacher's strike has finally ended, and I have a kindergarten substitute job for tomorrow (yup, some teacher got sick on the first day of school!). At first, I was a little nervous about agreeing to the job. After all, I've taught inner city high school New York kids for 10 years. But I thought, "Oh well, why not--they'll be good on their first day." But then I found out that there was a catch: it is a class for Spanish-speaking kindergarteners.
And....yeah, I no hablo espanol. (At least, not yet!)
My first reaction was, "I have to call the school and tell them I can't do it. It's too crazy to teach kids who barely speak English how to behave in school for the first time! What will I say?" But then I came across Ford's wise words and I took his quote to heart. Now, I think it will be fun. Well, at least until someone can't find the bathroom!
Renegade Thought of the Day: Examine your beliefs. What things do you think you can't do?
Why do you think this?
Renegade Challenge: Encourage yourself to do the impossible!
Bonus Video: Watch the video below to find out what happens when an orangutan thinks he can be a mommy tiger. (This is also what it will probably look like in my class room tomorrow!)