Slice of Life #sol16 Elevation

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Tuesday, the sun shone brightly on the hills around the school. The snow blanketing the highest points sparkled like diamonds while the brown of the lower elevations looked like a fur coat, keeping the earth warm on the brisk day while holding in the green of spring soon to burst from within.

The elevation around the school is 1841 feet above sea level, just enough to keep the snow caps shining and the temperature ten degrees colder than my home twenty miles away. Snow, rain, or shine– the drive to school is meditation, a nature journey to enjoy before the business and messiness of learning begins.

When I left home, the sun’s light on the clear blue sky seemed to say, “Welcome. This day is glorious. Don’t miss it.”

And I know the daffodils just off the front porch listened and lifted its buds higher:

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Our town’s elevation is 1145 feet above sea level.  That 700 feet makes such a difference. I didn’t feel I needed a jacket, and the johnny jump ups within the daffodils agreed. But knowing the drive up to school, I donned my winter coat because I knew the dust of snow and drop of temperature would greet me, but that the sunshine would elevate my spirits and that of my students. We wouldn’t miss this.

It would not matter that blades of frost would cover the sand-filled tires on the playground.

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The students would still bring the orange bounce in their lives and dance to the beat of it’s dribble on the court.

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Elevation makes a difference, but the sun makes a smile.  For me, it was a meditation from its brilliance, for my students, it was, “Play ball” even in its briskness.

What elevates your spirits, especially in the early spring?

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Writing Strategies

Theme: Elevation in geography and in spirits

Consonance:

[s] Elevation makes a difference, but the sun makes a smile.

[l] listened and lifted

Dialogue:  Sun — the sun’s light on the clear blue sky seemed to say, “Welcome. This day is glorious. Don’t miss it.”

Description [sights]: he snow blanketing the highest points sparkled like diamonds while the brown of the lower elevations looked like a fur coat, keeping the earth warm on the brisk day while holding in the green of spring soon to burst from within.

SOL Lemons

 

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Today, our prompt was to think of a quote and connect with it, something that touched your life.

This one is so old, but it always pops up and squirts a reminder to move on.  I first remember it in a history class in college. The professor always had a ten minute discussion about dealing with life and making the world better. Those conversations were enlightening. My family didn’t talk much about the big ideas, and I enjoyed learning about other people’s views.  And I like things pleasant.

So, when life sings a sour note, and creates a bit of drama or chaos or sadness, this silly old quote reminds me to find a way to make it work.  I remember Barbara Coloroso suggesting that we help students see that “there is no problem so great that we can’t find a solution,” or a way to deal with it.

And that’s an important message for students. Keep the ideas; find a way to make it work; don’t throw it out or crumple it up.  If you need help, we have counselors and adults to help deal with the issues that tear at your heart, pulling at it until everything aches; let some one know.  Then let us help you move forward.  It’s not easy. But drinking lemonade is easier than that letting those sour feelings create continuous heartache.

What quote helps you deal with difficulties?

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Writing Strategies:

Emotions: issues that tear at your heart, pulling at it until everything aches;

Details: remember it in a history class in college. The professor always had a ten minute discussion about dealing with life and making the world better.

Descriptions: pops up and squirts a reminder to move on; when life sings a sour note

Consonance / Alliteration: deal with difficulties

SOL Buttercups Spring Memories

March 2nd Buttercups

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With every Spring

Creator brings

A yellow bright

Chasing fright

as petals of hopefulness

bring smiles of happiness

Signs of Spring

Joy will bring.

 

Every year when the warm weather and bright sunny days beckon each of us outside, I walk through the hillsides around our area, missing our companion, now gone, whose nose to the ground led us in circles as she sniffed for messages left by the wild creatures.

Our little Pooka dog left us with many memories, and the spring brings them back in full force. When the white Rezmut [reservation mutt] was young, she would prance ahead of us, searching for the new in the world.  My husband and I would dart into the meadow and duck beneath and behind the thickly branched sagebrush, and, barely breathing, we hid from Pooka.

Pooka would run back past us and then turn around, sniffing the ground, letting her nose find us, and wagging her tail with delight in the game.

So much fun.

Spring is joy again.

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Writing Strategies

Details: I walk through the hillsides around our area, missing our companion, now gone, whose nose to the ground led us in circles as she sniffed for messages left by the wild creatures.

Description: the thickly branched sagebrush

Assonance:  turn around, sniffing the ground

Strong Verbs:   dart into the meadow and duck

Image Source:

By Laura Brolis – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26180729

 

SOL Sun Beams

Tired after work, I needed a walk. I walked with my head down, kicking at the dust as the shadows darkened beneath the fir trees lining the road. I sighed. Suddenly, the dust beneath my feet transformed into a yellow as bold as gold. I stood up straight, looking forward and up at the turn in the road where the beams of light thrown from the setting sun engulfed the forest, creating a haloed glow against the black of evening. A mourning dove cooed behind me. I hurried forward, hoping to find something special, something left by the sun. I jogged up into the light and found it: the hope of a better day in the setting sun and a smile to return home as I remembered its beauty.

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Writing Strategies

 

Description [sight]: the setting sun engulfed the forest, creating a haloed glow against the black of evening.

Description [sound]:  A mourning dove cooed behind me.

Details: Tired after work, I needed a walk. I walked with my head down, kicking at the dust

Emotions:  the hope of a better day in the setting sun and a smile to return home as I remembered its beauty
Image Source: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/11/07/11/30/sunbeam-1031201_960_720.jpg

#sol15 The Old Lady Screamed

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Excited today. My students are writers, novice, but delightful and encouraged. We write in Kidblogs stories, summaries, reading responses, thank you letters to presenters. We’re even writing for #sol15, but not everyday.

What’s exciting? One student downloaded the Kidblog App, brought his iPhone to class, and asked me to help him set it up. Next — he posted his first photo!  Notice the Mark Twain quote on the wall? We’ve been working on elaboration, “showing,” not telling.  I was glad he caught that.

I love it– future writer and blogger!


Image: Sheri Edwards

Staged photo: a team of us were really stuck in an elevator for about an hour! We had fun!

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