Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thursday Creativity Share

Laura Letinsky
There's a fine exhibit of Laura Letinsky photographs at the Grunwald Gallery on campus.  If you want to know about her photographs, I think you should read the following quote.

She has begun a new series of photographs, still-lifes that explore the formal relationships between ripeness and decay, delicacy and awkwardness, control and haphazardness, waste and plenitude, pleasure and sustenance. 

That series of dichotomies basically sums up the struggles of my day to day, so that's why I like Laura Letinsky quite a bit and I give her art a 5 on a fist of 5. Husbandman says he enjoyed the exhibit but he gives it a 3.  I have no idea what's going on with Husbandman and Letinsky.  This artist works at the University of Chicago, so she's kind of a big deal.

On a lesser creative note, I'm thinking of having the Thirdlanders teach their First grade buddies to make these Frankensteins:
Thursday Creativity Share is a wrap once again.  Stunning photography on exhibit right here in our town.  Frankenstein Halloween craft that might or might not be made today.  Game on

The Pirates

 We have a friend who sings sea shanties.  I popped in one of his CD's yesterday at the end of the day and the Thirdlanders flipped out.  We were singing along by the second line.  Thirdlanders were up out of their seats stomping like sea travelers of yore.

I'm starting to think that we may have been pirates in our earlier lives.  I was probably the head of the pirates because I appear to have a knack for getting these pirates to do my bidding most of the time.  You may think this all sounds pretty far fetched, but if you saw the transformation in Thirdland when the sea shanty started up, you would probably think I'm on to something.

On another note, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but come to find out, Halloween night is going to be cold and rainy.  Teacher pals, it's important to do as many fun Halloween things as you can this week since our beloved students might not have the best trick or treating experience.  I for one intend to look at Halloween ads with the thirdlanders to analyze how our choices are shaped by capitalism.  Thirdlanders are going to get a kick out of that.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Bandaid with Halloween decor.  Bet you didn't see that coming.  MM, you asked about how the items are chosen.  You'd be surprised how many texts were shared with ideas for this #twinTuesday.  We spend a lot of time on this, people.

Moving kind of slow at the junction today, but dinner with Mitzker at Tallent with the tasting menu and wine pairings makes it all worth it. Blastorama.  I highly recommend heading to Tallent with a pal for the tasting menu and the wine pairings as soon as you possibly can.  You're going to be tired the next day when you have to work, but you'll have no regrets.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Math

  Yesterday I was determined to map out the standards and get more organized with curriculum.  After 3 hours of sorting through standards and putting them in boxes and checking which were considered critical and which were just kind of important, I got in a bad mood.  An anxious mood.  One might even say I was in a state of panic.  I've waited too long to introduce perimeter and area.  They'll never get it now.  I've hardly done any two step word problems and that's going to have serious repercussions.  Come to find out I'm not the math teacher of your dreams and I want to issue a sincere apology to everyone who has ever had me for a math teacher.  I feel like I'm doing my best, but the plain fact of the matter is my best isn't good enough.  I need to do more and I need to start rocking the socks off the math curriculum as of this instant.  I'm heading back to school for a master's in math education next year.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Gathering

We invited the 2 other third grade classes into our room yesterday.  That added up to about 70 kids, which was kind of a lot.  We read some poems and we sang a song.  We drank juice and ate fruit roll ups.  It was hot and noisy in the room, so that wasn't too good, but on the flip side it was pleasant to have the clans of Thirdlandia gathered together in celebration.

On another note, did you know that the Delaware tribe consisted of three clans:  the turtles, the turkeys and the wolves?  Here's another neat fact.  Back in the day, a Delaware dad didn't raise his kids.  He raised his sister's kids.  I told Husbandman this fact and he responded,  "They just had to be different, didn't they?"

We're going to see the new Bill Murray movie today.  I'm extremely jazzed about this.  Bill Murray spent a couple of days in Bloomington a few years ago.  We all rode bikes on the B-Line trail together.  I got to know him pretty well.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Elation

Oh man alive, life is good. Sitting here, wearing my school spirit shirt, blogging on my wonderful computer.  Just like the good old days. KR, as I've commented earlier, will from this day forward be referred to here as Miracle Worker, an appellation he has clearly earned.  The gratitude I feel can not be adequately described.  Let's just say you get a big fat 5 on the fist of 5 right now.

It's Friday and I've invited 50 kids in to my room to eat fruit roll ups and read poems. Send good vibes around 3:00 central time.

Thirdlanders continue to amaze me.  Yesterday I told them, "I have such glorious days with you and then the last 5 minutes of the day are such a headache.  I am asking you to make dismissal a pleasant time for Dr. H. so I don't have to go home and tell Husbandman about how I had to raise my voice again during a horrible dismissal."  With their typical earnestness, they responded sympathetically.  Peppy Kid piped up, "You don't want to end your day with nagging!"  We were all clearly on the same page. I put some music on.  The kiddos just buzzed along quietly, cleaning up, packing the book bags, acting funny and sweet.  Weekend, here we come!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Blame Game and then Thursday Creativity Share

Come to find out, I am probably the one to blame for my computer not working any more.  I kept getting messages about "disk" problems and I ignored them.  Now KR has my computer and he's not really making any promises about it. He actually refused to venture the fist of 5 indicating his ideas about the probability of my computer getting repaired.  His refusal to communicate through fist of 5 really upped my anxiety.  Not going to lie.

 Don't be like me, my friends.  Do the right thing and respond to computer warnings.  But, in my defense, I think the computer people should give a deadline like, "You have 2 more warnings and then your computer will shut down," and "Okay this is it, we're about to shut down the next time you log on because you ignored all the warnings." That definitely would have helped.  The good news is KR and Nance were very nice and invited me over last night and Nance and I chatted while KR stared into my blank computer screen.

Thursday Creativity Share.  The guy in this video talks and writes about sketchnoting.  Yesterday we read an article about whether or not we should learn to code in elementary school.  Then we sketchnoted.  I'm now a big sketchnote fan.  You probably should be too.  If you want.

Thursday Creativity Share is a wrap.  Sketchnotes. Neat stuff. I've done it again.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Seizing

I'm still using Husbandman's computer.  So I'm not too happy.  I don't know why this kind of thing has to happen to me.

We saw Fury this weekend.   I'm wondering if I would be brave enough to jump on a grenade in order to save others. Probably, because I like being noble, but I'm not positive because sometimes it takes me a long time to make decisions and jumping on a grenade requires rapid-fire,  nearly simultaneous thought and action.

You should see Fury if you want to.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This week we've got a turtle and some piano keys. Certainly something to ponder as we all travel through this wide open Tuesday.

We've also got a serious problem, my friends.  My precious computer is on the fritz.  Lo, this very computer on which I blog, belongs not to me, but to honored Husbandman.  This isn't good news for anyone, I know.

I'm stymied, miffed and flabbergasted, but holding up as best I can.  Despite obstacles, #twintuesday is here for everyone to enjoy and contemplate.

That's just how I roll.