OMG! My wife shaved her hair off!


How is that title for an attention getter?  Well, it is absolutely true.  My wife of 7 years shaved her beautiful brown hair off.  What was she thinking?  Mid-life crisis? A new look? Getting a motorcycle?( I wish!) Over the past 2 weeks I have been asked all of the questions I just posed to you!

 The truth is, she shaved her hair for St. Baldrick’s, which  funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. She was so inspired by a story of a young boy named Dylan she read back in the fall, that she actually put a thought into action.  One quote by Ghandi sums up her mission, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” So many good thoughts and intentions are sometimes never put into action.  Seeing this firsthand, my wife is a true testament to show that if you put your heart into something and you keep your goal in mind, anything can be done.  Her goal was $5,000 dollars.  Although many thought she was crazy for such a lofty goal, SHE DID IT!  Plus, donations are still coming in!

Okay, here is where my techy side comes in.  Of course you can check out the Flickr page by pghgeorge who took some amazing shots of the whole event. But for something like entirely shaving all of your hair off…there has to be something unique to capture this change as her beautiful bald head begins its transformation back to its normal length. We could put the video of the shaving on Youtube, or Tweet about it on Twitter, or even create a Facebook page about the event, but let’s the creative side of me wanted more!

 Here are some of the awesome things that I found that we have made use of.

Dailymugshot-My wife is documenting the return of her hair, one day at a time.  Imagine the educational uses for this free tool


 Gawker– creates time-lapse movies using a webcam. Images from your camera can be shared, allowing other users to record your image stream. Streams can also be combined to create a time-lapse movie with up to four locations side-by-side. Oh man…I wish I had a Mac for this one!  Sorry PC people!
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Fodey-My newspaper example is below.  I challenge you to check out the rest of the resources.  How would you use these resources in your classroom?


In closing, think about the Ghandi quote.  How can we be the change in the classroom?


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  1. Katie Warren said:

    Wow … this post brought tears to my eyes. Many years ago, before I was an official techy, one of my second grade students had cancer. When she began chemo she put on a hat and a mask to come to school but lost her nerve. My class voted that everyone would wear hats and masks and no one would notice only one person dressed that way. One of the students shaved his head in honor of his young friend. I ALMOST did but held back. I’m so glad to hear of someone like Sara who really did it!

    Thanks for the great tech resources, too. They are new ones for me.

  2. RJ Stangherlin said:

    This post has to be my favorite EVER! You are right on so many counts; your wife is beautiful, inside and out. For her to shave her hair, she would have to have the courage of her convictions, and she does. She would also have to be beautiful to go bare-headed, and she is that as well. Absolutely stunning. Count yourself a very fortunate man indeed, to have the love of a woman of heart and courage, and a wonderful mother and wife as well. Amazing post; this one will stay with me for a while, and yep, I love the tech part as well and will try the tools. Very heartwarmingly wonderful post! Thanks, Joe!!!

  3. Joe Oliphant said:

    Thank you for your kind words! Having my children view this at such a young age will definitely impact them in a postive manner as they grow. There are so many things that ALL of us can do as teachers, educators, parents, neighbors…and so on.

    I used to be a fan of the saying ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!” I am going to say that I no longer believe this. It is the small stuff that counts. The small things we do for people. The small things that we share with out kiddos. The small things that make a good teacher a GREAT teacher.

    So…in closing…SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

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