For Craig Arnold
To wake when all is possible
soon the agitation of the day has gripped you
To come to reality
and find your purpose
for the day
To hear the call
like a phone ringing a distant yell
crawling into your ears
swift and fast like a bird
to its prey
each muscle tensing out of control
so intense you start to stress
you dread Monday
It breaks your fun
Into a boring reality
The truth pooling Into you mind
filling your Brain with realization
and only then you learn
Monday is sweet
a precise lesson a wake up call
you are the problem not Monday
Stop living for the weekend
and start living for every day.
After four years of co-teaching with my colleague and dear friend Robert Thornbrough, Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove asked me to tell the story of Robert and me for their new book on collaboration and co-teaching. The book is now available on Amazon!
Thanks to Elizabeth Hearn, founder of the CREATE Teacher Residency Program, and Kevin Maxwell, I was able to attend this year's SRI Fall Meeting. SRI is a non-profit organization serving thousands of educators and students nation-wide. Their mission is to create transformational learning communities, fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence. A commitment to equity in education means asking yourself, Whose voice am I not hearing in my classroom? I am inspired to continue this work at Inman and in my classroom.
In week nine, we got to enjoy poetry the way poetry was intended to be enjoyed--we listened to it. This was an eye opening experience for many students. Some commented on the rigors of poetry recitation; others commented on the beauty of the poems; all came to a new appreciation for poetry. Additionally, we continued to work on our design project, which has been an incredible journey in project based learning.
During Week 8, the designers were working on composing a group systems model, which is a design exercise that Tom Wujec describes in his TED Talk "Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast". Additionally, we were preparing for the midterm, which was a poetry recitation. Finally, some of the students were wrapping up thank you letters to host teachers after completing their field research.
I asked the students to experiment with creative ways to join independent clauses in their diary entries. These sixth grade students wrote some great sentences, and they wanted you to see them.