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My EMTs - Emergency Mosaic Technicians
Tuesday, January 19, 2010      2 comments

Somehow, two trays of mosaic mesh squares (with tiles glued on) fell onto a third tray, and we had a mess. I assigned two students as my EMTs, to sort through the wreckage and perform triage - lift any square that needed repair onto a cardb... Read more
Last poem for this week
Monday, January 18, 2010      5 comments

This is, IMHO, one of the top ten poems in the English language: The Negro Speaks of Rivers -Langston Hughes Iíve known rivers: Iíve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human ... Read more
There will come a time
Sunday, January 17, 2010      4 comments

At the end of a Jewish service, there is what we refer to as the Call to Adoration - when we pray for the unity of the people of the world, peace and harmony, and justice. On Friday night, instead of reading the usual English translation, t... Read more
Martin Luther King Jr service at synagogue
Saturday, January 16, 2010      5 comments

Our congregation hosts this service every year, on the Friday evening of MLK weekend, where we honor students selected by each of the area's public/private/parochial high schools. The students are chosen by their schools as best exemplifying th... Read more
Yarmulkes for a tourist's Bat Mitzvah
Friday, January 15, 2010      7 comments

I've been making hand-painted yarmulkes for the synagogue - tourists buy them, the synagogue makes a profit, I make $ - win-win all around. We have destination weddings and destination Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. So the gift shop person asked for 15... Read more
Every day is different - this one was a mess!
Thursday, January 14, 2010      3 comments

Note - names have been changed to protect the guilty. My morning started out fine, my first two classes were their delightful selves. I worked on lesson plans and took things upstairs to the office for duplicating, checked in with the A... Read more
Why I love middle school
Wednesday, January 13, 2010      4 comments

My first class (Advanced Art) came in, everyone went straight to the stack of cardboard trays holding their mosaic squares - they helped each other sort through, get their work, and they started right to cutting and tiling - I didn't have to say... Read more
I'm thinking of becoming a sand runner
Tuesday, January 12, 2010      6 comments

I'll admit, I like to run. Not for long, I don't know that I'd make it in a marathon. But I've always enjoyed those bursts of speed, the world rushing by and the wind in my hair. However, at age 19 I was diagnosed with an extra vertabra t... Read more
Too much of a good thing
Monday, January 11, 2010      5 comments

You have to read this article. Really. This is carrying rivalry too far. In a very funny way. Link to article (with photo - unreal)
east/01/07/hummus.wars/ Record four ton Israel... Read more
Cleo in her kitty cube
Sunday, January 10, 2010      7 comments

Yes, we have a very spoiled cat. We found this kitty cube in Walgreen's, in Puerto Rico, and she loves it. (I have to admit she looks very cute in it, even if it's in the middle of the living room.) ... Read more
Mmmmm rum balls
Saturday, January 09, 2010      4 comments

A friend in Seattle makes the best rum balls in the world. Dark, chocolatey, with bits of nuts, and a center of dark chocolate and sour cream. Soaked in dark rum for months. She sends them to me each year at the holidays, in a little plastic ... Read more
Another day, another workshop
Friday, January 08, 2010      3 comments

The high school our middle school feeds into is starting an intensive reading-across-the-curriculum program (meaning same focused reading strategies and specific time for reading in all subjects, whether core math/science/history/etc or elective... Read more
What today's workshop DIDN'T cover
Thursday, January 07, 2010      3 comments

So we had this workshop today - a husband/wife educator team, who have wonderful ideas on how to be effective teachers (have procedures, teach the procedures, tell the students what the objectives are, what they will learn, etc etc etc). Second... Read more
Fun times in Puerto Rico
Wednesday, January 06, 2010      6 comments

We had a great week! New Year's Eve started with dinner at a Chinese/Japanese restaurant (depending on which half of the restaurant you sat in - really, like neighboring restaurants in one room). Then we got dressed up, went to the Marriott ca... Read more
Happy New Year
Thursday, December 31, 2009      3 comments

We're heading to Puerto Rico shortly - cat is at the vet's (and not happy about it), DH and I are mostly packed, and I finished the last thing I needed to do for a student art show in January. I think I'm ready. Wishing all my Spark fr... Read more

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