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I walked out of the Student Recognition Assembly

Monday, March 02, 2009      4 comments

I LIKE our assemblies - we give out awards to the A honors, B honors (like A & B honor rolls), and then the students who got As in 2 classes. And the never absent kids. And the most improved kids. So it's a nice event. And Mr. Gang Fight Hi... Read more

Self Image

Wednesday, February 25, 2009      1 comments

"Mirror mirror on the wall Who is the fairest of them all?" We've added some mirror areas to the mosaic mural, for the rays of light shining from the torch. Two little girls came by as I was finishing up during lunch today, and one s... Read more

Heard at the wall

Monday, February 23, 2009      1 comments

"Elisha, quit looking at de woman's butt, you know you want yours to look like that." (I'm not sure whether to take that as a compliment or an insult, LOL!) "Darren, come help carry de buckets down de stairs for de wonderful woman."... Read more

On this journey called life

Sunday, February 22, 2009      3 comments

We have our ups, we have our downs. Someone is born, someone dies. I come from a tradition where we name babies after someone in the family who is recently deceased. But right now, in DH's family, we're having more deaths than births. The th... Read more

Healthy lifestyle at a posh Italian restaurant

Saturday, February 21, 2009      2 comments

DH and I went to this expensive restaurant tonight, because I had a gift certificate. We knew we'd need to pay for about half the cost, but the GC would help a lot. I decided to skip the pastas, skip the cream sauce, skip alcohol (which I ... Read more

She's in 7th grade and a fashionista

Thursday, February 19, 2009      5 comments

Today, I wore a brown/cream/aqua silk chiffon geometric print top, with wide leg dark wash jeans, and brown platform Birks. And a natural leather Coach bag. One of my students looked at my ensemble, and said "Oh, I have jeans like that." ... Read more

Up against the wall

Tuesday, February 17, 2009      1 comments

I'm back at school - tired, but happy to be here. We spent the morning working on the mosaic. The usual arguments from my 7th graders. Extra rudeness from one spoiled boy whose mother dotes on him and makes excuses for him. And my lovely... Read more

"laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color"

Sunday, February 15, 2009      2 comments

I like that! As someone who has spent over half her adult life living in places where I'm the color minority (Africa for 2 years, the Caribbean for almost 22 years), I see skin color but it stops registering after a while. It always takes me a... Read more

Is the mural project phys ed for my students?

Thursday, February 12, 2009      1 comments

I was thinking about this recently - I'm working on this mosaic mural with my students, and it means standing outside at our wall putting up concrete and tile for the class period, plus the first class assists with carrying all the supplies up t... Read more

Dear Parents of my students:

Friday, February 06, 2009      1 comments

When your child is sick, please keep them home. They spread germs. They get other students sick. Then the teachers get sick. Then we don't have class. So keep your kids home. If they have a cold, please provide them with tissues and co... Read more

Mosaic update #1 - "You're looking toned!"

Thursday, January 29, 2009      0 comments

My three classes and I are creating a 9 x 27 foot mosaic mural at school. I spent part of the vacation taking paint off the concrete. We drew a grid, then enlarged our picture. Today marks day 4 of tiling. Tiling days: Mix about ... Read more

A Sabbath for the brain

Sunday, January 25, 2009      1 comments

I took yesterday off. It was Saturday, our Sabbath. And while I did errands, and took a walk, I didn't internet. Or Spark. Or work on the School Improvement Plan (which is due in 2 weeks and still has a ton of work for me to complete, not to ... Read more

The moving vacuum

Friday, January 23, 2009      0 comments

There's a vacuum that sucks socks out of dryers. And another vacuum that pulls in items every time I move. Really, I mysteriously lose something EVERY SINGLE TIME I move to a new place. I've lost record albums (one at a time). Clothing. ... Read more

Job as fitness

Wednesday, January 21, 2009      1 comments

I'm an art teacher, and I don't sit when I teach, I walk around the room and interact with each student. We've started a mosaic mural - this is our interdisciplinary project this year, with readings, writing activities, math, and history an... Read more

Happy Inauguration Day!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009      4 comments

We truly are living through history - I am so excited!!!!!!!!... Read more


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