SOL17 DoodleaDay 25 Triumph


How does a person shake out of a slump?

In January, I set goals which I didn’t meet, although I tried. I had challenges and ideas, but they did not inspire me as I’d hoped. Too much going on in the news, too much to consider and worry about. 

Then, DoodleaDay by Royan Lee started in March.  Listen to a song, and doodle. Wow. I could do that. And, the March Slice of Life challenge started — a doodle with a song and a slice from life: a refocus that starts with art.

I’m not an artist, my lines are never straight, and what’s perspective? But doodling? I could doodle. And the first few doodle prompts provided some tips. And in researching [of course, I had to research…], I discovered zentangle doodling. 

It also reminded me of my classroom.  The last fifteen years has seen an emphasis on one standardized test and its scores, which refocused all work by teachers and students to reading, writing, and math. So much was eliminated: art, music, even social studies and science. But kids can’t focus on just those– learning isn’t just skills. Learning is thinking and doing and connections and reflections. So one thing I did was to bring in art, and to take art breaks. Just simple things, like draw five dots, then create an action figure from those five dots:


Or Scribble Art: draw a line, and make some thing of it:


Or small art: Give everyone a one inch square and a topic. Mount the results on black paper and hang. [I have a picture somewhere…]


These didn’t take much time, but ah the sound of joy and relief in the classroom. The sound of sharing and chuckles and success. Art is the human story in shapes; art centers us; art gives expression to our feelings and hopes.

So, in the classroom, our schedules and impromptu art sessions helped build our relationships with each other and improve our classroom climate; art rounded out the mandates and made us whole. 

And that’s what Royan Lee’s DoodleaDay did for me!  Thank you, Royan Lee!

Shake out the slump with art!

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Resource on Art in Education: Commensense: Art in ELL Classroom

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If you’re down, and your smile can’t be 

Found;

If you’re sad, and your mind needs some

Glad;

Give a sigh, and grab a pen, close your

Eyes;

Make a squiggle, add some spark ’til you

Giggle.

Make a start, find yourself, find your glad in

Art.

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers
Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: triumph and failure

Doodle Prompts March 21-31

Doodling Song: Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow

SOL17 DoodleaDay 24 Peace Frames

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Do you remember the music of your teens?

My music chimed of peace and love, and justice in the tumultuous 60s: Assassination of John F Kennedy, Civil Rights Movement, VietNam War and Protests.

For example:

Beatles: All You Need Is Love

Cat Stevens: Peace Train

Rascals: People Got to Be Free

Peter, Paul, and Mary: If I Had a Hammer

In my life, I want to encourage peace and justice for all in our difficult times.

What can be done?

Wanting peace and justice, a song popped into my head:

Reach out and touch somebody’s hand; make this world a better place, if you can. 

I think that’s where we start, and what I’ve recommended many times in my posts as I attempt to figure out the world today.

That’s my life. That’s my doodle.

That’s my doodling song:

1970 Diana Ross: Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand

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Split.

Backs turned.

Trust broken.

A foot taps.

A head turns.

A glance.

A wonder.

Eyes connect.

A hand extends.

A hand extends.

L   I   S   T  E   N

Make this world a better place.

Compromise.

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers

Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Words in Frames

SOL17 DoodleaDay 23 Simple Shapes

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Do you remember KISS?  Not the band, the idea: Keep It Simple, Straightforward.

Our lives are so busy, so flooded with information, and for those not in the president’s world, so disheartening.

So stop a minute. Take a deep breath.

Look at who is around you, and listen. Really look at them– who they are and think how what you say and do has a ripple effect on them.

Now, make their day.

Kindly look around.

Invest in the people:

Say something kind,

Support their day.

Imagine if we did that whenever the world seems crowded and crashing?

Imagine if we started our classrooms in a circle of kindnesses shared, a talking circle reflection of kindnesses remembered and acknowledged from the previous day. Just a few minutes, but so powerful to calm the classroom climate.

I used to start each day with a talking circle, passing around a friendship rock so each person could pass or present a gratitude from the day before or a hope for this day. It was an honor to  the culture in the community, and a positive way to start the day.

Today’s doodle of simple shapes and shading was inspired by Pam Markell, who’s tweeted doodle yesterday of an “icon she wished for“felt like a much needed one:

Zen Quiet.

Thank you Pam, for  the calm, the quiet suggestion.

I wish to everyone, a quiet time to settle your self, your life.

 

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers

Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Simple Shapes/Shading

Doodling Songs:

Beatles: All You Need Is Love

SOL17 DoodleaDay 22 Emoji


Did you know that one in eleven people in the United States is diabetic? And that it is the seventh leading cause of death? Find out more here, an American Diabetes Association info graphic based on data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC].

That’s a lot of people, and you can protect yourself if you are prediabetic with regular excercise and by eating a diet filled with green vegetables and protein, with a limit on complex carbohydrates while cutting out simple carbohydrates. Of course, it’s more complex than that, but it is a lifestyle that would benefit almost everyone. Here’s the info from the CDC to follow to help learn more to help yourself.

I found myself in the hospital emergency room last April, and found the diagnosis of diabetes 2.  My new lifestyle began based on this information from the CDC. It’s actually pretty easy for me: I haven’t had a soda or diet soda since that day! I quit simple carbohydrates and began eating nuts, especially walnuts. And broccoli, broccoli, broccoli, which I still love. I’ve learned how to balance my meals with this type of plate:

I listened to and followed the directions of my doctor and nutritionist, and I subscribe to a newsletter at Everyday Health, which I found in one of the pamphlets from the hospital. Here’s a great article on sugar and inflammation, an important read– and why cutting that junk food and simple carbohydrates is important.

Fortunately, I have health insurance– but how long will that last, and how affordable will it be now that the GOP plan to gut health care? While I am not a recipient of ACA health care due to my former employment as teacher, anything that changes the health care system and Medicare will affect my coverage — and yours.

So we’ve been eating and exercising to keep my A1C score at 6%. If I’m eating at other people’s houses or an event, I eat something first — just in case what is served is filled with carbohydrates that would set my system wacky. And I’ve found that most restaurants serve chicken Caesar salads, which is my standby. If I must eat fast food — I eat chicken without the white bread and fries. I’ve found Applebees to be a diabetic friendly menu [but they do change up their menu]. I love the pork chop, sweet potato, broccoli meal. It’s delicious. I also carry walnuts and carrots in the car for traveling.

Which brings me to the Doodle for #DoodleaDay today: an emoji I wish for:

I searched for Diabetes emojis, and there are some — but for my phone and for menus, I’d like one that points to diabetes friendly meals– no simple carbohydrates, but green vegetables and protein. I could add it to a map with diabetes friendly meals.  Hmmm. That’s an idea. With twenty-five percent of seniors being diabetic, I think the emoji and the map is a good idea. 🙂

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Stay happy,

Laugh;

Eat healthy,

Live;

Hug always,

Love.

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Now, a word about emojis in general. I find them confusing because they are open to interpretation — I’d rather hear or see the words. And my students laughed so hard when I thought the pile of poop was chocolate ice cream.  And parents, they’ve got to know, as this article shows exactly what teens are saying through emojis– or what adults think they might be saying, but don’t: Time: emoji-meaning.

So, here I go with carrots and walnuts and “Sky Between the Branches” tea.


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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers

Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Draw an emoji you want for you phone

Doodling Song by BREAD, David Gates: If

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SOL17 DoodleaDay 22 Wonder



Wonder

In the distances

Of the universe

In the between

Of what is,

Our mind

Plucks from it

To intuit

Thoughts

Of our own

Through our

Wonder

……………….Sheri Edwards @grammasheri

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Wonder is one of my favorite words: it keeps us learning.

Reflect Curiosity and Wonder…

Is one of my phrases to live by.

I walk, I wander, I wonder.

Why does the meadowlark sing from that wire each spring? Is it the same meadowlark?

Why does the water flow that way?

How do they do that dance?

How are the plants and animals changing due to climate change?

What plants and animals will move into our area now because of climate change? What bugs will bug us?

How can I create my backyard to help wildlife?

How can I build an herb garden?

But these days, I’m always asking: What will the president do next? Why? How is that reasoning an American value? Why do rich people get to take from the poor, when we’ve already said as Americans that we want to help? Why? I wonder daily. 

It’s especially difficult when my second favorite motto to live by is:

Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness.

I thought we were a kind nation, helpful to all. I must now go boldly and continue to have an active voice to speak up.

Who knows, maybe I’ll eventually understand this is all for the better…

Hmmm. I wonder… will I ever believe that?

No.

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers
Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Word Doodle: Contrasting Colors
Doodling Song: Let the Circle Be Unbroken written by Johnny Cash, sung here by Nitty, Gritty Dirt Band

SOL17 WorldPoetryDay 3.22 Spine Poetry America


Spine Poetry America

For #WorldHistoryDay 3.22.17

The Crisis:

The Greatest Show on Earth!

A Brief History of Time

Castles From the Air;

Founding Father

Letters of a Nation–

Shadows of Meaning

Frames of Mind

(Forgotten Tales)

*Developing More Curious Minds

*The Good Heart:

Speak-

Active Voice!

“A is for America!”

…Let the Circle Be Unbroken…

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Writing. It clarifies. It calms. It calls. 

I continue my journey to understand the coup that has happened in America, destroying to the Western World’s amazement: democracy. Yes, we are a democratic republic, but the President of the United States is gathering his powers -against “others” by spreading fear and -against democracy by organizing all power within the White House, a model after the President’s hero: Putin [and guided by Bannon, Miller]. That is how I see it, and I am caught in a sense of disbelief. 

I know I join many, many of my educated friends in this sad call of thoughts we share through writing.

While reading poetry under the #WorldPoetryDay hashtag, many were of the same mind, but angry. I saw many others sharing hope and humor. One included spine poetry– taking the spine of book titles in an order for a poem. That inspired me to do the same as another way to express my hope that the tales of our founding fathers, of whom we seem to have forgotten in this show of American politics, will be a circle unbroken: that our people, our elected officials, and our Constitution will prevail, unbroken since the 1776 dream in America began.

What do you think? How do you cope with the ongoing crisis?
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Part of Slice of Life 17

Image: Flickr by Sheri Edwards teach.eagle 

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Update: I’ve already received an answer from my PLN, Scott Glass, and it’s prefect: Develop Good Heart, Active Voice.

Thanks Scott!   Absolutely “made my day!” 

SOL17 DoodleaDay 20 Graph a Walk


Walking is required for good health; a dog makes that walk enjoyable, and a must twice a day. 

“Walk?” Is all that’s needed and the dog’s ears pop up, his body jumps up, and his tail wags a “Ready! Let’s go!”

Happiness is a walk with the dog; I get excercize and mediation, and the dog checks her messages — you know, all the smells left by everyone else within 30 feet of the human’s path, as you can see in the map above of dog walking.

Always alert to any new message, that nose to the ground sniffs every possible inch where that message came from to determine exactly who was where when. At least, that’s what I suppose. 

I miss those walks.


While reorganizing during my retirement, I found this note from a granddaughter to Grampa:


The note was written on an old typewriter the grandkids loved; a favorite way get a message out.

Our grandkids miss that little white dog too. At the lake, she would swim with them, and even pulled them around while they held her tail. Precious. A walk with Pooka and Grandpa to the bat cave was a summer favorite. The cave was an old railroad tunnel, now fenced off, up the road from us; bats live there now, and the grandkids love that!

[sigh]

Wherever kids were; so was Pooka: playing, watching, protecting gently with her kind eyes.

[sigh]

Now, go pet and hug your creatures– thank them for the memories and love they’ve given you.

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Patient.

Sprawled out

Across the floor,

Bored.

Tail

Flops once

And eyes watch

Hoping.

“Walk.”

Ears up, sit up,

Head turns aside,

Listening.

“Walk.”

Jump up

Tail wags

Ready.

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers

Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Graph an Idea

Doodling Song: Don’t Worry; Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin