The Origins

The Story Behind the Story:

Too many years had been spent in the rat race of the business world. Too much life had been consumed all in a rush. Around the time I became an educator and shortly after moving to Weston, my old Benz had completely broken down. What seemed as ugly misfortune was in fact the blissful hand of providence altering my path in life. Always in command, the universe had decided to redirect me towards more meaningful purposes. Financially strapped, what seemed as an insurmountable problem was now at hand. To walk, or cycle, became the essential question. With this predicament came a gift, true blessings, and much joy as I rediscovered what was until then a dormant passion for cycling. For several years, my daughters and I enjoyed the best times riding our bikes to Tequesta Trace Middle, where they were students and I a teacher. Cycling improved my disposition as it slowed me down giving me invaluable time to be spent with my lovely girls.

My Girls

Becoming a teacher has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. All my hard earned experience of the world turned out to be invaluable when educating young minds. By my third year of teaching, I became thoroughly convinced that John Ruskin had been exceptionally assertive when he said: “Education…is a painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning… by praise, but above all — by example.”

Without a doubt, it is the example part that truly counts. A Chinese American student of mine supplied me with further evidence. He taught me a proverb of his great culture. In their ancient wisdom when referring to education the Chinese say: “Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I might remember. Involve me, I will learn.”

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Engaging Students through the use of technology. Employing the project based learning approach to teach history. Watch the video and see the students at work. You can also visit: www.weripple.com

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