March 2010

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Random poems in advance…

Posted by on 31 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: climate, education, environment, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, grad school, hope, musings, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Uncategorized

This is an edited version, I wrote this originally Tuesday night, for posting Wednesday, and wasn’t awake enough to edit for “time sense” — thanks for being patient!

Next month (tomorrow) begins national poetry month. On the drive home from school Tuesday it hailed, snowed, rained, sleeted and was generally stormy. Somehow, poetry felt like the only way to respond. Here are a few pieces of doggerel I composed yesterday evening.

white flakes mingle
with falling cherry petals
w-s-i-p-n-r-t-i-e-n-r-g
intermixed

according to these test results
I am a statistical
improbability

teaching is my passion
learning is my lot

why do you need these numbers
to see the child in front of you?

Yes, the focus of today’s instruction was standardized testing. The potential benefits, the all-too-common harms, and the ways the design and implementation — along with the uses — of the tests either support or challenge social inequities. Good discussions, but exhausting.

Enjoy national poetry month.

Here are two links for your enjoyment:

poets.org

napowrimo.net

Photo Essay – Early Spring

Posted by on 05 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: climate, education, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, grad school, Uncategorized

Starting with two pics from a couple weeks ago and then from today, the yard is bursting into bloom. About three weeks early. The red alder catkins are so impressive, 4 -5 inches long!

The gallery images should link to larger versions.

Meanwhile, I have a portfolio to complete, including a take-home exam and some additional essays. *sigh*

Spring is here, but I am not ready!