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Good morning starshine, the earth says hello
Friday, March 20, 2009      3 comments

Simple song from my youth. But maybe it's part of the Birkat HaChamah, the blessing of the sun. Maybe we need to see every day as a rebirth, a renewal, a chance to start all over again. I take each morning for granted. I arise with m... Read more
Blessing the sun
Wednesday, March 18, 2009      4 comments

There's a Hebrew ritual that occurs every 28 years - blessing the sun. Or being blessed by the sun. Every 28 years, the sun supposedly returns to the exact position it was in at the Creation. So the ritual is to watch the sun rise and say ver... Read more
Iowa test pep rally?????
Monday, March 16, 2009      0 comments

We were supposed to do this on Friday, to get the kids all psyched up for the testing this week - but there were rumors of planned mayhem at the high schools, so our rally was postponed till today. Kids worked on songs, skits, raps, etc. an... Read more
Down with my back
Sunday, March 15, 2009      1 comments

I pulled something in my back on Friday, pouring cement from my mixing bucket into several other buckets for the students. My chiropractor was booked and couldn't even squeeze me in. My massage guy left on a week cruise. So I've spent... Read more
Why I love the "pre-advanced placement" kids
Friday, March 13, 2009      2 comments

Our school is grouped in teams - most teams are mixes of average kids. But those who are academically advanced are in the "pre-advanced placement" team, so that they can work at a faster pace, and get into more advanced work. The kids are ... Read more
What to do with 1,000 SparkGoodie points???
Thursday, March 12, 2009      2 comments

Yes, I hit the jackpot, I won 1000 SG points on the spinwheel today. I looked through the items. Yes, a virtual stationary bike might be fun, but it wouldn't get me any more exercise. Yes, a tiara would be cool, but I have two virtual tia... Read more
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

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