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The right tool for the job

Thursday, June 18, 2009      0 comments

I've been cleaning the mural for the past week or two. I had been using our plastic putty knives, but they're rather soft and they shred when scraping dried cement for long periods of time. Another teacher saw me using the back end of a mi... Read more

Dear DOE:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009      0 comments

Please don't waste my time with a stupid mandatory workshop that has very little to do with my job description. I already include reading and writing in my art classes. Art also naturally includes math skills as well as what Social Studies tea... Read more

Discretion is the better part of valor

Tuesday, June 16, 2009      0 comments

Also known as: it's probably a good idea to not stand in a thunderstorm scraping a mural with a metal putty knife. I could work for a while more. It's raining off and on. Zero sun on the wall. I could scrape off some more concrete. I co... Read more

Michelangelo or Picasso?

Monday, June 15, 2009      1 comments

That's what one father asked me this morning. He came to school with his daughters, twins, who had been in my class. They wanted to show him the mural. I was on a chair, scraping cement off tiles on the wall. "Michelangelo or Picasso?" h... Read more

Morning at the beach

Saturday, June 13, 2009      1 comments

DH and I went down to Magens Bay at about 9:30 this morning. We had breakfast while sitting on the porch of the concession area, munching my scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast and watching the young tarpons swim back and forth. We then took o... Read more


Friday, June 12, 2009      0 comments

At the coffee cart yesterday, the barrista made a beautiful latte for someone, and managed to get a smiley face on the sun/moon in addition to the feathery fern or plume or whatever that flourish is called. People gathered around and oooohed an... Read more

Random thoughts

Wednesday, June 10, 2009      0 comments

1. Eating a carb-rich breakfast seems to give me more energy than a protein-rich breakfast. 2. Having a mocha mid-morning helps keep me from eating a big lunch. 3. Working so hard all morning causes me to eat less at lunch, and sometim... Read more

Would I have, or would I not?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009      0 comments

I was thinking about the mural yesterday, as I was tiling for 5 hours. About how much work it has been, what a huge project, how physically intense it has been. Would I have taken on this project pre-Spark? Or would I not? I have mor... Read more

Why do we push ourselves?

Monday, June 08, 2009      1 comments

I have a self-imposed deadline to finish the mural. It's before graduation, which is Friday. We lost two weeks of work in early May, when it rained and rained here. So I'm trying to finish the mural single-handedly. I spent five hours wo... Read more

Ahhhhh, quiet

Thursday, June 04, 2009      1 comments

My days tend to be full and crazy. This morning was no exception, with my seventh graders scurrying around helping with the mural or finishing their pictures and letters for the President; my eighth graders who came to school solely to work on ... Read more

What a day

Wednesday, June 03, 2009      1 comments

We started to set up for the mural. It started to rain. We waited until the rain let up, then went to work. At class change time, a girl came by with a kitten - just past the roly poly stage, beginning to thin out and grow more catlike. ... Read more

Mural & overall photos

Tuesday, June 02, 2009      12 comments

A pic of me in my grubby overalls (which are two sizes too big), my Israeli archaeologist overalls which fit, and the mural - almost complete. Keep in mind that it was designed by an 8th grade student, and executed by 7th and 8th graders. ... Read more

Things I've learned

Monday, June 01, 2009      2 comments

1. Don't sneeze with coleslaw in your mouth. 2. Put students who need a bath at the far end of the wall, downwind from everyone else. 3. Don't leave rulers out in the classroom, seventh graders think they're swords. ... Read more

Living the wild life in STT

Friday, May 29, 2009      0 comments

When I went to leave for work this morning, I found a 5 inch centipede wiggling in front of the door - the nasty mean biting kind, but wiggling because we have slick tile and he was having trouble getting all those legs to work on the sliding su... Read more

Field trip fitness

Thursday, May 28, 2009      0 comments

I had a field trip with three students today. Each year, one of the companies that is here getting tax benefits has a big art show for the elementary and middle schools. They provide art supplies ahead of time, and students create artwork that... Read more

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