every day after school and came to have my own favorites, including Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Sadly, I had to put the kibosh on the whole shebang of Pokemon at the school site by announcing to the Thirdlanders that Pokemon is now banned. They weren't surprised. The trading had reached a feverish pitch and even they could see that they needed someone to step in and get control of the situation. These kids were trading like they worked on Wall Street. Recess became a hyped up Let's Make a Deal show.
Don't worry about the ban. They'll get in to something new soon, and after awhile, they'll start wreaking havoc with it. That's just how we roll. In Thirdland.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
|Photo Credit: Heinemann|
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
book on Friday morning. Funnest time ever. We saw U2 on Sunday night and that also was the funnest time ever. And C., I took these photos of the mysterious green heron a few weeks ago. Life's just rolling along and I'm basically just singing my song.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
together to write the ILA proposal, so that's good.
Frankly, I'm irked, but I know things could be worse and I should just be happy that I didn't have to write sub plans for this illness which I'm calling Fatty Fatigue Syndrome. I hope you don't get it, because it really knocks you OUT.
Still feeling punky, to tell you the truth, but I'm heading in to teach because I'm teachering up and that's how we roll.
My weekend was not the bee's knees. It was just the bees.
Friday, September 01, 2017
Recap of the week's highlights, in a bulleted list.
- Open House went well. I talked with most parents about our tarantula. I enjoyed that.
- Katie Wood Ray agreed to present with me at ILA next summer. I started working on the proposal this week.
- A copy of Back and Forth arrived at the house. To be honest, I'm in love with it.
- Judith gave me a cupcake.
- My gentle yoga class was effective at calming both my mind and my body.
- The Thirdlanders are making some awesome creations at our Well, well, well inquiry centers.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
I gave my usual excuses about Open House coming up blah blah blah but then I stopped and said, "Who am I kidding, Mom?"
"Only yourself," she answered.
She's right. I'm kidding myself that x y or z will happen and then teaching will be all sewn up by 4pm and I can go off on my merry way. I'm not doing anything wrong. My job's not a mystery to be solved. Teaching requires lots of teacher time outside of the school day and that's how it is. It's a good job and I enjoy it. That's someone else's mantra, but I may need to borrow it. No one can tell me what's enough though. Only I can do that. We got all the stories done and a Thirdlander said, "Is this the only thing that's going to be on display at Open House?"
"Yes, these excellent Best Year Ever pieces are the only pieces on display."
Of course then I got the great idea to take photos of the writers, so I have those too to put up during lunch.
And there's a slim chance that we might do our wild thing monster heads today if there's time.
Who am I kidding? It's time to embrace the workload. And it's also time to roll out the new mantra of the school year: Enough's enough.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Here's what I'm pondering. Do I want a blog to tell people about the book or do I want an actual web page? I'm thinking on this daily and doing some casual explorations on the internets, as seen below.
I like this LITLEARNACT wordpress blog a lot, but once I tried to create a wordpress and it didn't turn out so great. But let's face it, how hard can it be? But maybe I should stay loyal to blogger. These blogspot blogs REFLECT AND REFINE and CATHY MERE are excellent and really get the job done.
Sam and Quinn use web pages to send their stuff out into the world and I like their pages, Sam Quinones and Quinn Sternberg.
I made this weebly for my classroom press last year, but I didn’t add to it because our district blocked Weebly, for some reason.
So I'm all over the place. Please weigh in. If you feel like it.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
working every day on stuff, but I can't guarantee any of it's going to be finished by Tuesday night. I'm thinking of having Open House catered. If I carry around trays of sushi and small glasses of sake, I doubt anyone's going to care that much that their kid doesn't have stuff on display. I decided to take a "gentle yoga" class. Tonight was the first session. There were moments where I thought, "NOT GENTLE! NOT AT ALL GENTLE!" But most of it was fine. It's important to take yoga classes and not worry about posting student work. Teachers in Finland don't go crazy with the hallway displays.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
do a webpage or not. I see some people have cool sites on wordpress. Not sure what to do yet. Please discuss among yourselves and get back to me.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
outside during the eclipse, but we can go to the science lab and watch it on a big screen. My classroom doesn't have windows to the outside, so we won't be able to see the darkening skies, but we can think about the eclipse and maybe write some poetry about what it's like to be so close and yet so far. We don't want to leave anyone's vision behind on eclipse day, so we're going to stay inside for safety. Some families are taking the afternoon off to enjoy the eclipse experience. I want everyone who's able to see the eclipse to just go ahead and have a good time. Luckily, I'll probably be able to catch the next eclipse in 2024.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
n a true story." Then he sat down and we got on with the book. It really was pretty good. It's called Ketzel the Cat Who Composed. At the end, I said I wasn't sure the cat really composed the music. He walked across the keys, but his guardian is the one who wrote the piece. The Thirdlander in question disagreed vehemently. "That cat walked across the keys, creating the music. He was the original creator of the music. He made the notes. He is the composer."
I'm not totally sold, but I decided to drop it.
2. I'm working quite a lot right now. Not at all like the teachers in Finland. 2 X this week I was at school for 11 hours straight. I was getting stressed about it, but then I got home, ate dinner and went for a walk with Husbandman. Life's good now.
3. A few minutes ago, I told Husbandman that I'm kind of thinking about the concept of the bully pulpit. He said, "Okay."
"Do you know what bully pulpit means?" I asked him.
"Yes," he answered, busy with his computer.
"Prove it," I answered back, but he refused to do it. So, I guess we all can only conclude that Husbandman obviously doesn't know what a bully pulpit is! Incredible!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
|If I had more energy, I'd crop and straighten this photo.|
talked about Crow Boy and made some sketch notes. We are building our reading stamina. According to the Daily 5 book, the teacher should read as well at the beginning of the year, until the class gets to know the procedures. These kids actually read a lot and are very focused, so I could've probably started reading conferences today, but I decided to keep reading ZEN TEACHER for one more day. I'm enjoying the heck out of that book. Our calm day had some riotous moments. Case in point. One Thirdlander spent a considerable time in the restroom. When I asked why, the Thirdlander said, "My butt was exploding! It was almost having spontaneous combustion." Besides this outlier, the day proceeded pretty much as planned.