Monthly Archives: February 2016

It takes a village

This is a shout out to JB who, knowing what my hibernation with 8th grade first draft research papers entails, brought up to my desk a surprise lunch, a sprig of fresh marjoram newly pushing through the surface of wintered … Continue reading

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Many miles before I sleep

I am presently buried beneath piles of research papers. Plugging along. They are taking me about 40 minutes to an hour apiece to grade. (Who were those politicians who complained about how easy a teacher’s life is, leaving school at … Continue reading

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“Guide to the Other Gallery” by Dana Gioia

This is the hall of broken limbs Where splintered marble athletes lie Beside the arms of cherubim. Nothing is ever thrown away. These butterflies are set in rows. So small and gray inside their case They look alike now. I … Continue reading

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Patterned tapes

This photo is of a personalized computer one of my students brought to school today to complete work on a research paper. She used a variety of patterned tapes to create this visual menagerie. At first I thought she had … Continue reading

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February

It has always been the shortest month. It has always felt like it goes on forever. Ah February, la plus ça change, la plus ça reste la même.

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Why can’t we do this more often?

Since the beginning of the school year last fall, every other week, on Tuesdays, my advisory teams up with a class of kindergarteners. The 8th graders become older mentors to the little kids, become their “buddies.” We have gone for … Continue reading

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Reverspective

Patrick Hughes, born 1939 in Birmingham UK, is a painter who has created reverspective or reverse perspective which is the optical illusion where the parts of the picture which are the closest are actually furthest from view. Hughes says, “Reverspectives … Continue reading

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