Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Woods

Not a huge musical fan, not going to lie.  But I did enjoy Into the Woods last night.  The music was jaunty and the pace was quick.  I liked that 3 different stories were usually going on at the same time.  I liked that the singers had incredible voices.  I liked that #1 Son was in the pit playing away on his big old bass.  The only thing that would have made the musical better would have been a big screen somewhere on the set, showing #1 playing the bass throughout the show.  Next time, try to get on that, IU Theater.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Best

Technically, I'm not really sure I'm doing my best right now, let alone forgetting the rest.  We started state testing yesterday. We have 5 more days of testing.  I hate the people who wrote this test.  I wish they could be tasered a few times, I really do.  Someone needs to tase some sense into them.

Whenever I say I hate something, my sister says, "Don't hate."  I think she's right.  This hating doesn't get anyone anywhere.  Maybe if I try to communicate with the standardized testing people, they'll stop being morons and imbeciles and start supporting students in their learning.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share

Tomorrow a new exhibit opens in Chicago.  It features the cool sculptures of Liz Larner.  Please look at a Liz Larner sculpture right here and right now.  I will be going to Chicago this summer and I plan to see this exhibit.  You're probably wondering why I'm going to Chicago.  Well, come to find out, #1 son has been invited to be part of the Ravinia Music Festival's Steans Music Institute.  Only 15 people are invited from around the country, so I think that's PDA (pretty darned awesome).

Another thing I'm going to see is this Doing Our Own Thing exhibit, which features photography of Back to the Landers in Canada in the 1970s.  We'll be traveling to Prince Edward Island in early June, so that should be a perfectly feasible thing to do. I want to go back to the land and I keep thinking of building a tiny house, so this might give me a few ideas.

Also, 20 Something has a new blog post.  These only come around every once in a long while, so I think you'd better jump on this opportunity STAT.

Thursday Creativity Share.  Art exhibits.  Blogs.  Proud Parent.  Photograph of Natural Resources artistically assembled.  It doesn't get much better than this.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Resources

Yesterday I told the Thirdlanders a little bit about the economy.  We went over some key terms and then I proposed that we go outside.  Act like producers, I told them. Make some goods. The great thing about this crew is the directions didn't phase them at all.  They were ready to go.

On our way out, one Thirdlander asked where we were heading.  I said, "Over on the other side of the creek."

"Good idea, Dr. H." he said.  "There are way more natural resources over there."  Then he zipped off to collect some rocks and sticks to produce goods.   Not everyone was producing goods.  I saw some Thirdlanders hitting trees with big sticks.  But most of the Thirdlanders seemed to be producing goods.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


It's #TwinTuesday.  I even made up a little song about it:

We've got a teacup and a spool of thread
We've got a teacup and a spool of thread
It's #TwinTuesday...
      Get Outta bed.

We've got a teacup and a spool of thread (3X)
It's #TwinTuesday ....

....Go earn your bread
....Why don't you use your head
.....That's what I said!

It's kind of nice to have a little song to sing with #TwinTuesday.  So, you're welcome for that.  I've got to do more song writing.  (Obv).  KC and I could duet on the #TwinTuesday numbers with fiddle and uke. The song has kind of a bluegrass/hiphop kind of vibe.

Also big news side note:  One of the top ten teaching moments ever happened yesterday when the Thirdlanders found Christo's Surrounded Islands on their iPads.  They'd never seen anything like it and cries of, "OH COME ON!" and "This is CRAZY!"  and "You are KIDDING me!" filled up the room.  I was literally jumping up and down with happiness.  Then we talked about the environmental, economic and aesthetic impact of this amazing piece of art.  Fun times. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Islands

I'm going to teach about Christo's Surrounded Islands today.  I got a gazillion awesome things from working at Downtown School, but one of the most awesomest was the focus on the Artful Learning curriculum model.  I've had a hard time organizing an Artful Learning unit this year because the work is time consuming and it takes me a long time to get good ideas.  But I really enjoy planning curriculum and Artful Learning ties in well with International Baccalaureate,  so yesterday I took the whole day to look at books, look at art and start fooling around with possible inquiry centers.  I'm not there yet, but I have a start.  I'm just going to be audacious and jump in with what I have.  Kind of a pilot unit that I can tweak for next year.

Lots of things weren't done yesterday because I was learning about Christo, fair trade, goods versus services, Bloomington employers, and clean water for the planet.  Let's face it though.  Those are all good things to learn about.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Sleep

We discussed an article about getting enough sleep in the recent Time For Kids.  Come to find out, a new study shows that having electronics in your room may result in getting less sleep than you should.  Some people leave the telly on or keep their tablets tuned to something interesting and that's impacting sleep. Both adults and kids are doing this.  But here's the thing. The Thirdlanders insist that books and homework should also be listed as causes of lack of sleep.  I felt sad when they kept bringing up homework as a problem with getting to bed on time.  I always believe I don't give that much homework, but I probably do. From all reports,  I'm keeping small children up at night and that has to stop.  I'm sorry Thirdlanders. I have this week's homework packet ready to go.  Let's call this packet the final packet of the school year????

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Greening

Mushroom /Photo Credit:  KR
One of the Thirdlanders is extremely talkative.  He talks to me when we're walking places even though we're not supposed to talk.  The problem is he's usually fairly interesting, so I get caught up in his sharing and then the Thirdlanders get rowdy in the hallway which is disruptive and reflects badly on me as a teacher.
Yesterday he walked next to me and asked, "What's your dream trip?"
I said, "Dream trip?  Hard to say.  There are so many cool places to see."
"Mine's L.A.," he told me instantly.  "Because my initials are L.A. So that's my dream trip."
Up until that moment, I hadn't realized that our dream trips tie in to the initials of our names. Come to find out,  my dream trip would be Lake Havasu and Husbandman would probably love Palm Springs or the Paris Suburbs.