August 4, 2017

Nobody Knows

but Jesus.

Thought of the Day: Salary Points
Song of the Day: Sam Cooke-Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen

July 7, 2017

Devotionals for the Undevoted

I recently found out that Banner of Truth posts a free daily devotional from The Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan prayers and devotions. I recall my passionate days of promoting reformed theology and even giving a copy of The Valley of Vision to those who were remotely interested. The irony is that I never read the book myself except for a handful of prayers that sounded like they were reserved for the lips of holy people.

I've been going through the Psalms in my personal devotions, but my prayers have felt repetitive, dry, and pointless for a while now. Like one of my small group members once shared, it often looks something like "God, you know, you know, you know, thank you, thank you, thank you. Amen." I suppose that is one of the many reasons why the author of The Valley of Vision researched and wrote those amazing prayers. The Holy Spirit groans our heart, but it is nice to also have guided carefully chosen words that we can ponder upon and express to the Father who listens.

If you are struggling with conversing with God, I would recommend these accessible Puritan prayers as an addition, not substitution, to your prayers. They are definitely for UNholy people. Like me.

Thought of the Day: Amazon Prime Day
Song of the Day: A Flock of Seagulls-I Ran

June 19, 2017

Man With the Master Plan(s)

Summer School Plans
Plan A: Take Math course and add Spanish course at city college.
Plan B: Test out of Math course early and add Spanish course at city college.
Plan C: Test out of Math course early at city college and take Spanish course next summer.

Summer Vacation Plans
Plan A: Parents visit us this summer.
Plan B: Visit Snugs in NY.
Plan C: Visit Enoch in NC and his sister in DC and visit Snugs and Brian in NY.
Plan D (TBD): Plan C + Sam in NJ.

Proverbs 16:9 - The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Thought of the Day: East Coast
Song of the Day: Childish Gambino-Redbone

February 25, 2017

This Math T-Shirt is Funny

and true!

Thought of the Day: Hollywood
Song of the Day: Eminem Piano Medley

February 11, 2017

Math is Funny

I usually give an extra credit opportunity for my students whenever they take a quiz. All they have to do is answer a reflection question on something they learned, something that was helpful, or something that could improve their learning.

This week, my reflection question was: This year, do you think you have improved, stayed the same, or become worse as a math student? Why?

I get all kinds of answers ranging from not understanding anything to Mr. Chung is the best, but one of my students wrote: "improved because with a happy mindset and a golden heart, anything can be accomplished."

I can't tell if the student is being sincere or not, but either way I had a good laugh. I recently heard from another teacher that she had students who would write things like JESUS IS THE ANSWER for her math problems. Haha. Kids are funny.

Thought of the Day: Valentine's Day
Song of the Day: Dead Prez- Hip Hop

January 15, 2017

Rookie Mistake

Ms. Brie is a first year English teacher at my school. Since we're both rookies to LAUSD, I make a slightly more intentional effort to greet her or ask how she is doing whenever we pass each other in the hallways. But every time we speak, she doesn't quite show the same smile she gives to everyone else. I start wondering if my subtle efforts to be nice and relational are coming off the wrong way.

Then one day during winter break, I'm browsing through IMDB and look through the celebrity birthdays. The actress, Alison Brie, was born 34 years ago on December 29th. To my horror I realize that I somehow mixed up Alison Brie with the English teacher whose name is also Alison. In other words, there IS NO "Ms. Brie" at my school and I've been calling this English teacher the wrong name for an entire semester. In fact, now I'm not even sure that her name is Alison!

I wonder how many times she's told her story of how the new math teacher keeps calling her "Ms. Brie" for some reason. Why didn't you ever correct me, Ms. Brie???

Thought of the Day: Packers
Song of the Day: Tupac feat. Skylar Grey-Better Days/Words Remix

December 27, 2016


2016 had an all-time low of less than 10 blog posts. I just read through them to reflect on the past year and realized every single one of them was related to school. It's no surprise that I shared with my small group that the theme of this year could be summed up in three words: School, School, and School. The first School being my grad school program, the second School being my student/actual teaching, and the third School being Jaime's community college. All three Schools were enormous sources of stress and reasons for prayer.

For the past 11 months, all I could think of was surviving till winter break. Reaching winter break meant the end of my first semester of my first year of teaching. It meant being done with that #$%! masters paper. It meant Jaime being done with her craziest semester ever. It meant all kinds of trips, friends, food, drink, sleep, and movies. Winter break meant the light at the end of the tunnel!

Now that that I am half-way through the well-deserved break, I see another tunnel filled with difficulties approaching. But just as I told Jaime at the piano bar in Vegas, my New Year's resolution for 2017 is to not take things too seriously. I will not be indifferent to struggles but learn to be okay with things that are out of my control like my wife's _____ health, my students' poor choices, or our nation's new president-to-be. God knows everything about tunnels, which means He can lead me out of mine just as He did in 2016. The new year is going to be alright.

Thought of the Day: Maintenance
Song of the Day: Charlie Puth feat. 2Pac See You Again Remix