Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Year

 Well, here we are at the final day of the year.  The year had some good elements, but let's not ignore the elephant in the room. We have a bad president and he's messing up our lives bigly.

Husbandman and I just zipped through the blog for 2017.  We did a lot of cool things.  So what can we learn from this?  Even if you have a hideous president, you can have a good life and do fun things.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Winter Break Mystery Question #2

Hanging out in one of the 13 original colonies today.  Yesterday's drive was long and harrowing.  There were storms a'brewin' and traffic a'jammin'.  And yet we persisted and found ourselves in the heart of Atlanta, in an art deco building called the William Oliver Building.  The real estate developer Thomas Healey named this building after his two grandsons in 1930.  Mystery Question of the day.  What were the names of Thomas Healey's grandsons?
Right now, we're watching a movie about a big oil rig disaster.  It has Marky Mark in it. The last thing I want to do right now is work on an oil rig.  It's super dangerous.  People might say it's not dangerous, but guess what?  It is. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Break Begins: Mystery Question #1

December 22 and our winter break begins.  I'm going to make the most of every moment.  So far, I've
slept in and now I'm having coffee and writing a brilliant blog post.  Twenty Something is here!  We're heading south to one of the 13 original colonies.  #1 Son will join us there.  We'll get together with my elders and my sibs.  What's the mission for today you ask?  Clean up, pack up, road trip, singing of the carols, happy hour at the hotel, perhaps a dip in the pool.  The sky's the limit!

FYI:  Road trip will be broken up into two parts.  Our mystery stop:  Athens of the South, a town named for this famous brigadier general:

Can you guess our mystery stop????

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Radar

I had lunch with two Thirdlanders yesterday.  They told me about an app called FlightRADAR24.  You should check it out if you feel like it.  You can look at all the planes flying in real time and see what they're up to.  Another great distraction for all of us who need to avoid the real world right now.  Thank you THIRDLANDERS.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Efforts

I'm trying to think more about desired behaviors.  What do I want from my students and from myself?  For myself, I want to be more patient and calm.  I wish I were a robot teacher, always friendly and rational.  Like Roz in The Wild Robot. The Wild Robot is the best book in the universe.  We have ten more pages to read and I don't want it to end. Roz the Robot considers her purpose in life and I've been mulling mine over as well.  Roz the Robot is here to help others.  I guess I'm here to be the greatest long distance runner (in my age group) of all time.  I know my purpose, but I just haven't taken any steps to achieve it yet. A first step might be to purchase some new running shoes. 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Bumpers

I'm trying to catch up on some loose ends with the Thirdlanders.  With Thanksgiving and my conference trips, we got out of our good routines. I wanted to wrap up our six sessions with Jacob's New Dress with some bumper sticker design. One Thirdlander said, "My bumper sticker is going to just say, 'GENDER EQUALITY.'"    Another said, "I'm going to write, 'SAY YES TO GENDER NONCONFORMITY.'"

These Thirdlanders are fun to teach.  I'm heading back in, People.  Let's see what Wednesday brings.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Tampa

It's time to say farewell to Tampa and to #LRA2017.  I had fun and thought about a lot of things.  Our talk went well.  There's a researcher by the name of Peter Johnston.  As you may know, I really admire this gentleman.  He attended our talk and after the talk he told us it was "great."  I wanted to take a selfie with him, but I didn't want to seem annoying so I didn't ask.  I'm sure he would have been fine about it, so why didn't I just do it? I'll probably never get that chance again.  Basically, that ship has sailed.  So, in line with my new life goal of worrying less, I'm just letting that go and focusing on the good things that happened.  Dinners with pals, walks by the river, learning about power pinners and curricular profiteering, improvisational learning, Critical Race English Education and artifactual literacies and the justice of now.  An added plus was seeing our good friend Slapdash cited on the big screen at one of the keynotes. Our good friend Tasha Laman was also cited on the big screen at this same talk.   And also an added plus was watching the pelicans kamikaze diving into the river.  And also another huge added plus was sitting on this little balcony on the 11th floor of this hotel and drinking coffee with Mitzker each morning. Farewell, #LRA2017.  You did your best and forgot the rest.

The Astronauts

 From a Lynda Barry book, I've used the idea to have the Thirdlanders draw self portraits on occasion.  Draw yourself as Batman, a monst...