Teacher as Writer
As the days get longer and our afternoons spent creating and constructing begin to consume more of the evening, I find that if I look carefully…the space I needed to create was there. Today, I watched 20 fifth grade students plan and play. Something about this little guy struck me as I passed by. Here’s […]
Nothing could have prepared me for the enormity of the festivities that would converge in our new town today. Here, the kids are ready for their community choir float. The sun and slight breeze made the mid-afternoon festivities seem even more enjoyable. It was a great way to spend our day together. […]
This week has been filled with packing, presenting, cleaning decluttering, organizing, sorting, rethinking, learning, and loving. every. minute. Today, I scratched the surface – pardon the pun – of a lovely little laser cutter. The map project I have been envisioning was etched and edged onto an acrylic plate. Amazed and inspired, I thought there […]
Since the holidays I have been crocheting. A lot. Blankets, hats, bunnies, washcloths, more blankets. A while back I started a sweater. An actual, wearable sweater. Tonight I attempted to put it together, and well… it’s not quite as wearable as I had hoped.
Every so often we have a day when our collective moods mirror each other’s and smiles flash with more frequency. I’m reminded today to look for, listen to, and TELL THEM more often that I see them. I notice more than the behaviors I too often correct. Today, sweet girl, I see you. I see […]
I planned to write each day. I drafted and crafted lines and rhymes, that remain unpublished. Why? Fatigue. Uncertainty. Events that upended, and continue to, the careful constructs of love, hope, peace, joy, and safety I had taken for granted. Then… I remember that sharing words of forgiveness, care, concern, thoughtfulness, joy, peace, and love […]
I watch through the pane and realize his concentration and focus his scraped knuckles and the acceptable redness left behind by the pavement as he adjusts his seating and his pocket knife for optimal whittling position. I realize my supervision is changing and becoming slightly less required.
It’s been one heck of a week. Twenty-six students successfully completed Swim Safety, and now I’m preparing to settle down with forty rowdy Girl Scouts!! It’s crazy. It’s busy. It’s all I can do to post before turning in.
Looks of excitement, anticipation, and utter exhaustion greeted me this morning. Springing forward an hour, the return of snow to our previously spring-like ground, and the first day of Swim Safety made for quite a Monday, indeed. The glistening flakes lingered as their eyes searched the classroom for anything familiar. We ventured out and they […]