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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Birthday

In the LIVING VICARIOUSLY department, I feel compelled to share these two photos taken yesterday by others.  Early in the day #1 Son met Jonathan Banks, one of our favorite actors. Later, he met Jay Leno, a man who told many fun jokes last evening.  Both celebs and #1 Son make fascinating hand gestures in their fan photos, it would seem.  That's probably something I'm going to start doing now.  We probably all should.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Relief

We're closing in on the weekend, my friends.  We're closing in on the weekend.

This week has been harrowing with report cards, portfolios, parent teacher conferences and sub plans.  But though I worry constantly about everything, the report cards are done, the portfolios are beautiful, the parents are splendid supporters, and the sub plans allow me to attend a 2 day International Baccalaureate workshop.  Go IB!

And now tonight we're going to hear #1 son play bass with his pals as the opening act for Jay Leno at the Musical Arts Center.  And another thing, my sister's coming in to town to see him too!  And one other thing, tomorrow's my 54th birthday.  Three cubed x 2 once the old clock hits midnight.  I'm so excited. I told Husband this morning that if he can't get me an electron microscope, my second choice would be a really expensive diamond necklace because I think it would look nice on me.

"How about a bag of circus peanuts?" he responded, continuing to read his email.  That nut.  He knows I despise circus peanuts.

Off to the learning.  Let's do this.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Creativity Share

So KC once again cues me in to something cool.  It's called Sketchnotes. And as per usual right after she tells me about it, I am at a meeting where we watch this sketch note presentation of my uncle Sir Ken Robinson's talk about creativity and education.  Here's a teeny video about visual note making.  There's a book about sketch notes.  Sure, I'll read it. Why wouldn't I?
Thursday Creativity Share.  Get the sketchbooks out peeps.  Dust 'em off and start taking notes while you read the newspaper in the morning.  I'll take some sketch notes today as I learn about International Baccalaureate Schools.  KC has turned me on to sketch noting right in the nick of time. One can only call this a life changing event.