Three Plays about one big whale

Egad – I know – I owe you a TON of posts from York and Leeds, but right now I want to just say, “Moby Dick.” I bought a poster last night. I don’t usually do that, but the poster is a keeper – it looks screened to me as the paper is the color…

My year with iPads – part 2

With Romeo and Juliet, we went pretty iPad lite. I had introduced GoodReader, so I did email a PDF synopsis of each act as we went along. We read the play in class, and yes, I know we could use an e-text of the play, and I may do that, but the Folger Library edition…

My year with iPads – part 1

Forgive me if I’m feeling a bit defensive. This past academic year we piloted a 1:1 iPad program with the seventh grade, and it was generally successful. Actually, considering the scrutiny that we were under, the general lack of professional development, and the fact that we were not allowed to fail, we did spectacularly. I…

Digging

So, the digging in my garden is done for a while, and now I can dig through the stuff in my house. I am throwing stuff away. I have to do this. There is stuff that must be sorted and unpacked from my mother’s house and no place to put it. And I can’t stand…

The moving walkway is ending

Look down now. Well, I made it. This was a challenging year, and today if I sit down, I fall asleep. Here is the year by the numbers: 72 bright students. So smart, so thoughtful, such independent thinkers. Six or so really difficult to teach young men. Again, very bright, pulling the class. Sometimes wonderful…

New Year

I feel as though I need to be more intentional about writing this year.  So I will begin as I intend to continue – and write each day. This was a wonderful, bittersweet holiday break.  I went on break a week before my daughters and they will continue for another week, watching endless episodes of…

Things I’ve learned

Things I’ve learned or remembered these past two days: Poison ivy is fact of life. Recognize it, avoid it, or deal with it. People who are poisonous or who make you itchy are a fact of life. Recognize them, avoid them, or learn to deal with them. The ones who look tough are usually big…

If You Wish To Make an Apple Pie…

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. — Carl Sagan I went to the farmers market today. I had a few things on my list. In particular I was hoping to find a grower that had padron peppers, a small green pepper that you toss lightly…

Thinking and Learning in Spain

Traveling in Spain gave me more than an opportunity to see the Alhambra. It gave me the opportunity to look at how I learn things and how I cope with challenges that are outside of my usual experiences. Shopping, dining out, asking directions, following directions, listening to tour guides, reading signs. Each time I was…

Tinkering

I met the most interesting people at CMK11 this year. Tinkerers. Makers. People who weren’t afraid to get it wrong in the process of getting it right. It was fun to be in a room full of people just messing around with stuff. I enjoyed so many moments: Being in the midst of a computers/technology…

Starting With a Blank Page

When I left the project yesterday I was pretty sure that I had a clear picture of what I needed to do. All I had to figure out was how to populate the figure across the page. I was working with the program that I had created, and I was looking for a simpler way…

Day 3 at CMK11: Ways of Knowing

My daughter is looking at colleges. She’s someone who can choose where she wants to go to school, and yesterday’s work at CMK pointedly reminded me what she needs to think about. All three of our speakers yesterday had things to say that echo through our world of school. Lella Gandini, an early childhood educator…