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 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

SOL17 DoodleaDay 19 Best Friend


New puppies are such a joy mixed with frustration while filled with laughter and unconditional love.

Every time I see a dog and its family, I miss our best friend. We recognize those with “kind eyes” and think again about perhaps finding another Rezmutt to tug at our hearts and make us walk twice a day. A dog is man’s best friend, and they require the continuous care of a best friend. Unlike our cats [whom we also love dearly]– they only require a huge bowl of food and a big bowl of water if we need to leave town.  But dogs are different; they need your company and to tag along, not content to sleep all day and night until you return. Nope: they are part of you and part of you wherever you go. A dog owner’s entire itinerary is completely different than dogless people: walks, pet friendly hotels, walks, fetch, tug-o-war, sniffs, walks…are planned events! And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So… we’ve been talking about it, but still…we miss the best dog ever:

We loved our Rezmutt: reservation mutt~ from the Colville Indian Reservation where I taught. Here’s how she came be ours for thirteen years:

And she grew old with us:


And after hundreds of miles of walking and playing, swimming and napping with always a tail wag and eager kindness, she left us.

And we still miss those kind eyes.

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers
Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Doodle a Photo; Add Caption

Doodling song: Dog Beach Jazzooo by Doug Robinson

SOL17 DoodleaDay 10 Mundane

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Every day I make lunch for myself. In years past, I could skip lunch and stay focused on my projects and eat later or munch on something while I worked. But these days, as I’m older and diabetic, I need a light lunch. I used to hate to take the time because I enjoy working on my projects, being creative, and doing something well, especially if it is to help others or a team.

And I like to eat well-presented meals–prepared by chefs. I love the aroma and colors and taking careful bites to consider exactly what spices garnered each flavor.

Like at Sun Mountain Lodge:

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Or Sante in Spokane:

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Or even Applebee’s

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I appreciate that someone created a meal for our dining pleasure, and then cleans up! I may have learned this from my mom. One of her refrigerator magnets reads: My favorite dinner is ‘reservations’!

But, the important thing is to take those delicious meals and transfer them to home:

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So in my doodle, you see a vase, glass of milk, an apple, and a small bowl of carrots with my toasted cheese sandwich, a mundane lunch but set up in dishes, nicely presented. Well, my art doesn’t do it justice.

Even in the mundane, appreciate the gift.

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Each bite a bit of

sunshine; flavors fulfilling

the earth’s harvest gifts.

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Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers

Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: the mundane

DoodleaDay song: Birches – Bill Morrissey, but I think it is by  Erik Balkey as I have this album Deadpan Alley

Everyone is Writing a Book

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Ross Cooper wrote a post entitled, “Everyone is Writing a Book, or Everyone Has a Voice,” and I tried to write this comment [but was blocked as a bot]:

And I choose carefully the books that I read based on how it applies to me. I’m glad to have so many resources to help me think through and apply standards based grading — or no grading; quality formative assessment– and student self-assessment. This is important because no one magic bullet exists, so adding to my playlists and setting them to the melody of my classroom helps me write my own song.

So I’ve been thinking about the same thing– everyone I admire is writing a book, and what I say to myself is: I can do it too, and so can you!

Everybody is writing a book, because everybody has experiences and ideas that can help someone else. One little nugget in a book can set me on a new path of exploration for my teaching and learning, and I love that.

So your experience on a project, your example of professional development, or your strategies for student engagement— all of these and more could be a short book that just might help the movement towards more connected learners and more authentic learning closer to reality.

Besides, with all the information out there, as Steve Hargadon once said , “in order to cope, we must give a little bit of our own” [ITEC Keynote 10.18.11].

After years of innovating, modeling for others, and blogging, these authors are able to publish their experiences so we can all learn. The bloggers and authors are giving a “little bit of their own,” voicing their ideas, wonders, reflections, and successes, and I appreciate it.

Isn’t it wonderful that these opportunities are available to us- to hear the voice of others and add to our own– to read and to publish?

So, go forth, get reading and do your own writing.

PS: I am not a bot.


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From Extend the Conversation

by Denise Krebs and Sheri Edwards

Connected Educator Month, 2012

#notatiste with Tony and Jen

 

Yes, I am not at iste while enjoying ISTE.

Still working – cleaning out my classroom– and trying to enjoy #notatiste with Tony Vincent’s Periscoping. Glad to learn about his periscope mic set up with iRig HD, battery, connect. That inspired my husband to try out Periscope for the Navy Band Northwest at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor’s Center.

During Tony’s walk through the exhibits, I learned about the nonprofit SAS and their FREE resources.  Just sign up.  Here’s the teacher guide to a writing planner for research [might not work if not signed in]. Here’s a blog on Political Cartoons. Curriculum works on iPads and Chromebooks too. Why use it?  Read here.

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Then the two schools in Hawaii gave amazing presentations — gotta check this out:

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Go to Tony Vincent’s Periscoping. Watch and comment.  Earn your ribbon, which you can download at his site by scrolling down.

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Be sure to join the #notatiste Google Plus Community created by Jennifer Wagner for many connections and challenges.  This post is one of them!

If you connect with me by commenting, you can earn my #notatiste ribbon:

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Isn’t it fun to be #notatiste?