Monthly Archives: January 2012

Roses are red….

Parent/ teacher/ student conferences are happening next Monday and each individual 7th and 8th grade student is responsible for leading their own. They are in charge of letting parents and their advisor (me) know how they are doing in each … Continue reading

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The power of story

IB just sent me a link to this video. It is up for one of five animated film awards in the next Academy Awards. The power of story —transporting, transformative.

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“Those winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. xxx I’d wake … Continue reading

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Fado and writing narrative grade reports

Today I am hunkering down writing grade reports for my students. JB is upstairs in his studio working on his art. JB has put some Fado music on. Fado music is a portuguese genre of music with lyrics that are mournful and … Continue reading

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Repairing the world

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the UN seven years ago, commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Shoah Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, after the filming of Schindler’s List, is an archive of over 52,000 … Continue reading

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Back to the Future

This is nostalgia gone viral. These images are everywhere on the net, but maintain their power touching some archetypal spot, deep down, that is compellingly engaging and haunting, connecting us to those most human issues of time and aging, impending death, … Continue reading

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Thank you, Horatio Bat man

Presently we are in the midst of learning about the period of Reconstruction. We have immersed ourselves in lots of primary resources, challenging and sometimes obscure, at least to 8th graders–texts which reflect sophisticated vocabulary, complicated syntax, lots of double … Continue reading

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Just in case you missed it….

He has my vote (as if there were any question otherwise). ( In case the video above is not working, click here.)

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At the nexus between night and day

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“Hunger for Something” by Chase Twichell

Sometimes I long to be in the woodpile, cut-apart trees soon to be smoke, or even the smoke itself, xxxxx sinewy ghost of ash and air, going wherever I want to, at least for a while. xxxxx Neither inside nor … Continue reading

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