Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Be kind. Be kinder than you think yourself possible. Be passionate. Live fully, wholly, and unapologetically. Apologize when you’re a bonehead… for real. Show gratitude. Express joy. Feel pain. Empathize… with eye contact. Slow down, breathe deeply. Love hard… always. Celebrate big and small. Gather and share. Be brave. Show praise.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
To stare at the computer screen after a day of chaotic teaching creates a tone of wishful longing to stretch out on the grass of the hillside that is in view from my classroom. What a March already! I was grilling at my daughter's birthday party the other day without a jacket. There's no time like the present to start this mural, although state-mandated testing, budgetry, children neediness, and other various projects are overwhelming my excitement, turning it into the need for more vitamin D. Right now, I'd like to be laying on a picnic blanket with my girls, eating strawberries and worrying about getting sunhats for their little heads.
Alas, I am in this classroom, typing away as the kiln room fan hums the noxious gasses into the air outside. If you are wondering, I do worry about my footprint on the earth, but I digress. I am feeling gloomy because the start of the mural was the antithesis of what I aspired it to be for the children. I found myself in second period teaching to 5 children. Yes, you heard me correctly. So, what's a teacher to do? Carry on, students! We'll get 'em caught up when they come back!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
"The nature of creation is that you have to go inside and dig out. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it’s a painful, difficult search within." — Louise Nevelson, Dawns & Dusks by Diana MacKown, 1976, p.72
|Nevelson, Luminous Zag, 1971|