If wishes were horses…

I know that I have unrealistic expectations for professional development, and maybe that is because I feel like I spend a lot of time with colleagues (both face to face and virtually) who are always thinking and challenging their own expectations and skill set.  The people that I look to for PD daily are the…

Something About Daisy

Yesterday I had the very best discussion of Daisy Miller, the novella by Henry James, that I have ever had with a class of juniors.   I have had this book on my reading list six times, and it was this year that the discussion was lively, honest, funny, and unlimited. Why? I can think of…

Cross Posting – Pie Wisdom

This was originally posted on my family food blog, but I thought that I should have it here as well. If you’ve already read this there, please pardon the redundancy: Paul C over at quoteflections asks: What is your skill which has been developed through practice and experience? You have respect for this skill and…

99 things meme

I’ve seen this in a few places the last few days – at Susan Sedro’s blog most recently (and she references Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog where I was immediately intimidated by his revision of it). THE 99 THINGS MEME Things you’ve already done: bold Things you want to do: italicize Things you haven’t done…

The Wordle Challenge

Paul at quoteflections tagged me on this one, and it has taken me a bit of time to get to it. I created the wordle last week hoping I would get to it – here it is: I use Wordle in my classroom to help make abstractions more concrete.  My favorite way to do this…

Life Long Kindergarten

Yesterday I had a wonderful conversation with my American Literature class about playing with books.  I told them that I had spent a day at the MIT media lab two summers ago, and I was impressed by Mitch Resnick and the folks there at the Media Lab because they had this great problem solving model:…

Lick and a Promise

That’s what my grandmother always said was that just for show attempt at something you need to or want to do. So here are the things that I want to write about but haven’t had a moment: My advisory and the Billy Collins poem “Another reason why I don’t keep a gun in the house.”…