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Sharing a student's "AHA" moment
Tuesday, January 26, 2010      4 comments

I have a student who has always seemed a little slow to catch on to what we're doing, how to do the work, all that. He isn't a visual learner, and he always seems a bit confused and needs things explained and demonstrated a few times before the... Read more
Is there a story to your name?
Monday, January 25, 2010      5 comments

Yesterday's blog was a Shakespearean monologue by a character with my name, Phebe. And I mentioned that my mother chose the alternate spelling since she had "dumb relatives who'd call her Phobee." Several of my Spark buddies responded with sto... Read more
Phebe's Monologue (Shakespeare, not me)
Sunday, January 24, 2010      4 comments

Yes, my name is Phebe. Unusual spelling, and people often "fix" it for me, adding the "o" so it's Phoebe - which works in archaic Greek, but confuses modern English speakers. Truth be told, my mother said she had dumb relatives who'd call ... Read more
Local concert for Haiti
Saturday, January 23, 2010      3 comments

DH and I went down for a while - there were local bands, groups from off island, all performing for free. Money for drinks and food was going to be sent to Red Cross for Haiti. People made donations, bought raffle tickets, etc - again, all $ s... Read more
I took a kitty sick day today
Friday, January 22, 2010      6 comments

Poor Cleo was meowing half the night and trying to pee - I recognized that she had a UTI - but I ended up getting barely 4 hrs sleep. In the morning, DH and I talked about who could get her to the vet, and the easiest thing to do was for ... Read more
Repetitive motion
Thursday, January 21, 2010      6 comments

Many of us have jobs that demand repetitive motion. Whether it's cutting tile mesh with a rotary cutter (yards and yards of tile mesh) or trimming trees all day or typing on a computer or filing paperwork or cooking (think of a chef with all th... Read more
I could curl up and go to sleep right now
Wednesday, January 20, 2010      6 comments

I plan on 7 hours of sleep a night - but I don't always get it. Things wake me up, like mosquitoes buzzing around and biting me. Or loud neighbors. All kinds of stuff. So today, I'm just tired. I did errands after school, walked, came h... Read more
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 I’ve known rivers: I’ve 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

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