Tuesday, January 27, 2015


So this week, we're presenting a scissors and an ice cube on this chilly #TwinTuesday.  This pairing really gets to the heart of the matter.  A lot of work went into #TwinTuesday this week.  As usual, it was well worth it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Tuning

I saw this lizard at the pet store last week.  He really impressed me with his stillness.  This guy can hold a pose like a granite statue.  In contrast, the parakeets can't seem to keep still at all.  We can learn a great lesson from the lizard.  Just stay still.  Don't get all ruffled up.  Thank you Lizard for these life lessons.  My goal and yours for the week is to focus on standing still whenever you remember to do so.  Just hold the phone on everything and take a breath. Check out what's going on around you without rushing into action.

Did you remember that I'm making my own goals and yours as well on Mondays sometimes?  This can save you some time and energy.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Copier

On Friday, I ran at top speed to the copier 3 minutes before the ringing of the school bell.  I had a math test in my hand that desperately needed copying.  I felt lucky to have gotten to the copier just before a young student teacher.  Ha, Ha on you, Student Teacher, I thought to myself. I was going to make it.  As per usual, the copier told us there was a misfeed which we could not locate.  After yanking various parts of the machine to and fro, I looked at the student teacher and inexplicably began taking up more time with the following impromptu, yet heartfelt, speech, "You know, this is teaching.  Not only do you feel intense frustration and panic because a copier will always break when you need it most leaving you without essential materials for your lesson plan, you are also flooded with an intense self loathing because you've irresponsibly left an essential task to the last minute when you very well knew that decision to be potentially disastrous for all concerned. Frustration.  Panic.  Intense Self Loathing. This is what you want to do with the rest of your life?"

      He offered to run up to the copier in the main building and copy all our papers for us.  I thanked him heartily.  Later, I felt a little bad about the negative spinning I had done.  I should have ended with a cheery and true, "But everything usually works out just fine."

Way to take action, Student Teacher.  You're obviously going to be one of the greats.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Podcast?

 I don't know what to talk about on our podcast this week.  On the last podcast, I talked about having 3 goals and I haven't accomplished 2 of them.  I guess realism is important, but not super fascinating. Maybe we could have a section called Stuff I didn't get done this week.  Goals I Gave Up on.  Lack of time or Lack of Motivation?   I'm sure I'll come up with something.  We're going to record tomorrow.  Even though I didn't meet my goals, we did some interesting stuff.  I liked comparing two books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   I've gotta remember to do my best and forget the rest.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Hooks

What do I want to do with this "one wild and precious day?"  I'm thinking of teaching the kids how to crochet.  We have all the materials.  Let's give it a go.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: Prague Quadrennial 2015

Indiana University Theater Technology professors and graduate students have worked up a nifty interactive sculpture/exhibit that's going to be part of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.  We're heading to Prague my friends, to support IU as they represent us at the Quadrennial this summer.

I've also been doing some drawing lately using this book by Sachiko Umoto.  It's called Illustration School:  Let's Draw Cute Animals. The Thirdlanders like the book as well.  We made the cute dog the other day.

Also, we learned from Time For Kids magazine that someone has invented a rudimentary hoverboard.  It's an extremely creative thing to invent anything that can hover, so I hope the inventors keep working to improve the hoverboard.

I'd really like a hoverboard.  If I had a hoverboard, I could float around town with my new parakeet on my shoulder.  I'm thinking of getting a parakeet so I went to look at them at the pet store tonight.  They seem like creative birds, bright and cheerful and probably thinking about hover boards from time to time.

Thursday Creativity Share is a wrap once again.  We've got a sculpture that's heading to Prague, a book of drawing instructions (I've made the dog, bear and rabbit). We also have a new invention called the hoverboard and a photograph of a parakeet, looking stunning as all get out.  It just goes to prove to us all that the sky's the limit, when your heart is in it.  Well done!

The Cam

We don't have a window to the outside world in our classroom, so we've taken to watching the Cornell Lab Birdfeeder WebCam for much of each day.  Yesterday was a jackpot kind of day as we saw 6 evening grosbeaks at the feeder.  Evening Grosbeaks, people!

It happened during our math lesson.  The Thirdlanders shouted, "Take a picture, Take a picture! HURRY!"  Then they wanted to see the picture on my phone.  Then they wanted me to tweet the picture right away. And they suggested I put the photo on our classroom blog.  Not a ton of math was happening, but I think the Evening Grosbeak just acquired a slew of life long fans.  Fans they obviously well deserve.  We salute you, Evening Grosbeaks!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Yeah, it's #TwinTuesday again.  This week's unexpected pairing consists of a beautiful bouncy ball and a small food storage container.  All in good fun.  But also kind of fascinating to reflect upon.

Here we go.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Independent Film Review: Battered Bastards of Baseball

We watched an independent film about baseball this weekend.  It's a documentary about the Portland Mavericks and their owner, Bing Russell.  Bing Russell was Kurt Russell's dad.  I had a crush on Kurt Russell when I was a young girl because he was in a lot of Disney movies.

Me:  Husbandman, what did you think of the film?
Hm:  I enjoyed it.  It really showed one person's love for the game of baseball and revealed the heavy handedness of major league baseball.
Me:  Were you aware of the Mavericks when they were playing?
Hm:  No.
Me:  Do you think the players were actually good athletes?
Hm:  Yeah.  Certainly, Jim Bouten was.  They had to have been to have won as many games as they did.
Me:  The film kind of showed them as being clownish, using tricks or distractions to win.
Hm:  I don't agree.  I didn't see instances of that.  They were clowning around with each other in the locker room.
Me:  Well, maybe pay better attention next time when you watch a film.
Hm:  Does that include waking you up in the middle?
Me:  Fist of 5?
Hm:  I'm going to give it a 4.
Me:  I'll give it a 5.  I used to have a crush on Kurt Russell when I was a kid because he was in so many Disney movies. His dad was an interesting guy. Go Bing.