Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Maya Angelou 4/4/28-5/28/14

Today, we celebrate poet and civil rights activists, Maya Angelou!  In her book, Poetry for Young People, I came across this poem that speaks about aging.  

I think it is a beautiful reminder about aging.  As I read this poem this morning, I fondly remembered my grandfather, Pa.  I think of him often and miss him so very much.  

Several years ago when I was working on my Master's Degree, I participated in the National Writing Project.  Simply put, this was one the most amazing experiences that I have ever had!  It was during this life-changing week that I wrote this poem about my grandfather:

My confidant, my partner in crime, my buddy; MY PA
I see your reddish-brown skin, warm, gentle eyes, and tanned, rugged hands.
I hear your distinguishable laughter, feel my broken heart, and taste my uncontrollable tears.

I wonder: where are your blue jeans, red flannel shirt, and moccasins?
I feel empty because you are silent, I feel cheated because you left too soon,
and yet, I feel lucky to have shared so many wonderful years.

Monday, April 2, 2018

International Children's Book Day

Today is International Children's Book Day:  April 2, 2018.  

In LIBS 451, I have been enjoying the diversity book share presentations by my teacher candidates. For this assignment they choose a diverse children's book to read aloud to the class and plan a hands-on activity in an effort to respond to the text.

Meanwhile, in LIBS 452, I have been enjoying the group presentations that represent a country and its involvement in WWII as well as the literature circles surrounding Elephant Run, by Roland Smith.  

How are you enjoying International Children's Book Day and more importantly, what will you share and read aloud today? 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  I happened to see this calendar celebrating famous poets on Twitter posted by NCTE (National Council fo Teachers of English).  

For me, April brings not only the end of the Spring semester, but also the Poetry Cafe, which is something that I look forward to every semester. In LIBS 451 and 452, I facilitate a Poetry Cafe, which is not only a celebration of poetry, but also an opportunity to engage students in writing various types of poetry.  

I challenge you to write, share, & write some more!  

Friday, March 30, 2018

North Georgia Mountains Adventure

I have been looking forward to this weekend. Not only do we get to spend the weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a fabulous secluded cabin (near Blue Ridge, GA), but we also get to see our daughter, Bianca, who lives in Atlanta!  The scenery was amazing, the weather was beautiful, and the weekend was absolute perfection!

While out on one of our rides, we stumbled upon this plane that was strategically hanging among trees (thanks to wires).  As Bianca noted, the picture does not do it justice, but I still had to share!  It appears to be an old (possibly) war plane.  Interestingly, the following saying has been painted on it:  Make Love Not War.  While I have no idea why this was chosen to be "yard art" I do find it fascinating and certainly wish I knew the story behind this I am quite sure there is a story!  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Reading & Writing Workshops Begin

READ 448:  Today, students started presenting their Reading & Writing Workshops, which is always an exciting time!  This semester, my students are focusing on a science or social studies theme and teaching from technology using a WebQuest.  They will engage in an interactive read aloud using a nonfiction text, which targets the elementary school classroom.

Today, one of the presentations focused on weather and we learned new vocabulary and the many facets of weather!  I am certainly looking forward to engaging presentations by UTM's finest teacher candidates and future classroom teachers!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

World Poetry Day

Poetry is not dead! But, unfortunately, it is often ignored in many classrooms.  When taught in an engaging manner, poetry can provide students with a creative way to write and think about the world around them.  It is my hope that we continue to teach, celebrate, and write poetry.  

Happy World Poetry Day: March 21

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Steven Hawking Dies

The world lost a great mind yesterday!  Renowned theoretical physicist, Steven Hawking died yesterday, March 14, 2018, in Cambridge, United Kingdom.  He is known for his contributions to the field of relativity and quantum gravity and his discovery of black holes. Unfortunately, he acquired ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and lived much of his adult life with this debilitating disease.

Being The Big Bang Theory fan that I am, I have often enjoyed the references about Hawking and Sheldon's obsession with Hawking.  

I loved this quote and thought it most appropriate.  RIP Steven Hawking: May your star shine ever so bright.