May 2010

Monthly Archive

Poetry Redux

Posted by on 18 May 2010 | Tagged as: education, Gardens and Life, good things, grad school, poetry, teaching, Uncategorized

Tomorrow, I teach 130(ish) 8th graders a lesson on poetry, and will focus on tanka, a Japanese form similar to, but longer than, haiku. I will also review rhymed verse, and free verse. Students will be asked to write two poems, of which one will be tanka, and the other may be anything they choose. They will have only one class period to work, and I am not sure how engaged they will be.

Last month, I managed to write a single poem each day. Not all were great, but one a day. That seemed reasonable. I am going to use that experience to help me talk to the students about why to write poetry, and when — and encourage them that not all attempts will be great, but that over time it gets easier.

Last week, I taught a short lesson on descriptive writing (I called it a micro lesson, less than 5 minutes) and asked them to write a 3-paragraph description about a place they have lived. Most were successful, a few were deliberate in not turning anything in, a very few were “silly” for lack of a better word, turning in something that was clearly not what was asked for! I hope that their willingness to at least make an attempt will carry through for me tomorrow.

We’ll see how it goes!

Mother’s Brag

Posted by on 01 May 2010 | Tagged as: art, children, Family Matters, friends, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, Kid Activities, Uncategorized

AS in me, being a mother, bragging on my own child.

Proud as I am of the kids, every so often one of them is particularly cute. Here is a pic I took this evening after the Alice in Wonderland performance, he’s posing with his makeup artist! Wish you could see the really amazing silver eyelashes!

stidkid #2 and his makeup artist

The hair is real, the haircolor is fake... the creepy look is natural?!

Yes, I am very proud of my children, and think they are amazing. And every so often, they act as amazing as I think they are!

This particular play, which the stidkid almost decided to NOT participate in, is showcasing his abilities very well. The little video I thought I took with the cellphone didn’t turn out. Will have to try something else tomorrow!

Flower path (at the Parentals’ house)

Posted by on 01 May 2010 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized

Here is a gallery of pics from my parents’ place, showing the lovely path my father crafted on one side of the house. They have planted tulips and groundcovers, and added pavers to the path. Enjoy the gallery! Click the thumbnail to see the full-size image. Sorry they’re not better quality, cell phones only do so much!