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Bring your own awesome

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

"Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose Kung-Fu skills were the stuff of legends". What a way to introduce yourself, the infamous words of Po the Kung-Fu Panda.


I love joy and laughter; it is good for me. The teenagers I work with always provide plenty of opportunities to Laugh. Telling a pupil (GenZ) that their work is "great" used to get a "Thank you, Sir." Now they respond with a sassy smile of self-confidence: "I know- obvs". I love this attitude. It's just fun.


Bringing your own encouragement is essential. Occasionally, pupils remind me to be kind to myself, a sermon I preach but rarely practice. Talking kindly to myself helps me talk kindly to others. Many will berate me; I must not be one of them. I also talk to myself in the third person, "Come on, Jimmy."


The me-generation/zoomers/iGen/GenZ are so inspiring - self-confident, self/google-knowledgeable, and they always have the backing of themselves.


2024 signifies that I have been working with teenagers for 30 years; I started at 19. It will be my life's work. I have few regrets and loads of memories. My path has crossed with many others, forging meaningful moments and eliciting a profound tapestry of friendship and love. Thank you.


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Des Turton
Des Turton
Nov 12, 2023

I love reading your blog James!... it's like having a chat with you over a morning coffee. Miss you!

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James Quibell
James Quibell
Nov 12, 2023
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Miss you, love you. See you in the summer.

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