Saturday, March 31, 2018

What I've Read This Month

What I've Read This Month...



We Made It!

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Brrr! It's cold and early, but I'm up and heading out. I'm trying my luck in the Hamilton standby line this morning.

The things we do for our children!

It's possible I'm not back in the room until March has slipped away. Thanks to everyone at Two Writing Teachers for another grand opportunity for showing up and writing every day this month.

See you all Tuesday!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lady Liberty

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Arduous

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It really isn't as much about the flight itself, though I would give that up for three clicks of my heals as an alternative. The arduous part is really everything else. (And I'm not even talking about the planing, prep, and packing!)

Once we are ready to head out the door we have to get to the airport. That comes after working a full day at school followed by a drive of more than 300 km. We then have to park the truck and get a taxi to the airport, since there aren't any long term parking options in Jeddah.

Line to get into the airport.
Line to get to the check in counters.
Line at the counters to drop bags.
Line to get to immigration.
Line at immigration.
Line to check we've been through immigration.
Line at security. (Women this way - gents, that way!)
Line to get a snack: Tim Horton's bagel!
Find a place to hang out while we wait.
Line at boarding counter.
Line at passport check.
Line to get on the bus.
Line up the stairs to board the plane.
Line down the aisle to our seats.

Next stop, the "Greatest City In The World!" 
#werk

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Prophetic Post

28 of 31 - SOLSC 2018


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This day, each year, is crazy. Spring Break starts at 3:10 this afternoon. Before that is our Science Fair. I feel like I write the exact same post each year, but looking back I find that I only write it in my mind each year. It has been six years since the thoughts running through my head made it into a slice. You can find it here

The biggest difference is that I'm now at a 'no homework' school, thus all of the work has been done in my classroom. The outcome is the same. Before I post again we will all have survived the day, students will feel a sense of accomplishment, parents will have been pleasantly surprised with the level of maturity and depth of work their child accomplished independently, and spring break will have sprung. So, I guess this is a prophetic slice, but years of experience tell me that it will be so.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Inspired Cinquains

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Watching "The West Wing" Season 4, Episode 14 "Inauguration - Part 1" while you are in the middle of teaching a poetry unit encourages the following cinquains.


Desert
Mammal with hump
Wandering through the sand
Massive beings yet silent feet
Camel


West Wing
Such a great show
We watch it yet again
Josh and Hrishi lead us inside
Fandom


Toby
Josh and CJ
Leo, Donna, and Sam
We can't forget the President
Charlie?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Quandry

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My notebook gets used all the time.

Writing notebook
Packing lists
Meeting notes
Blog ideas
Summer planning
Future trips
Lists of books
Recipe ideas
Quotes
Poems
Folded pieces of paper that I need to be able to find

I generally have future notebooks stashed and ready. Being without a notebook is not an option. 

This week I am in a quandary. I do still have one option tucked away, but it is not the option I want to go with. I have found that the large journals from Attic Journals are perfect. I have already picked out my next few and they are literally on the way to rendezvous with me in New York City later this week. The challenge is that I only have a couple of pages left and more than a couple of days remaining. So, I find myself weighing how important something is for me to write down as I am afraid that I will run out of pages before I have my Attic Journals package in my hands. (To alleviate this happening again in the future, I have ordered a generous supply.)