Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Scene Number Unknown - Student and Teacher

Student: Are you mad at me?

Teacher: No, why?

Student: (Pause)

Teacher: Do I look made at you? (Makes a silly face)

Student: Are you disappointed with me?

Teacher: Yes.

Student: (Pause)

Teacher: Are mad and disappointed the same thing?

Student: No - disappointed is worse.


Monday, June 4, 2018

What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

These Days Are ________!

These days are ________!

As a teacher, quickly nearing the end of the school year, the blank could be one of many things. "Heavenly" probably isn't your guess, yet that is exactly what I find myself exclaiming over and over. 

With a list longer than I have time to write about of things that could be weighing on me amidst the normal chaos of the end of the year, add to that our school closing and my family moving 1,000 miles to our new home - you might think I've lost it.

So why the jubilation?

It is Ramadan and in this country that means the working day must be shortened. This is not the first year I have experienced this, yet it is the first time I have ever had a school day starting for students at 10 a.m. Let me tell you, it is lovely.

It is amazing what that 90 minutes does. I am still getting up at the same time as I did before Ramadan began, but it is no longer a dash to see if all tasks can be accomplished prior to our needing to walk out the door. 

Our afternoons aren't too shabby either, often with playdates in the pool outside our villa. And, with the later start time we have been able to relax bedtime for our daughter a bit. The dominoes continue as dinner can be within a 30 minute window. 

All in all, it nearly feels like summer vacation has already started with the more relaxed pace to our family life. So, as I was saying, these days are heavenly!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How Does This Happen?

I do not know how this happens. I have every intention of slicing. My week is spent noticing small moments, drafting ideas in my mind, and thinking how nice it will be to return to the regular practice of writing.

And then I wake up and realize I did it again - went to bed without posting a slice. I have a few minutes until it is Tuesday midnight on the East Coast and I better get some words down. Generally, at that point, I think "What's the point?" and mentally berate myself ending with a vow to get back on the slicing train next week.


Monday, April 30, 2018

What I've Read This Month

What I've Read This Month...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Paperdoll Revelations

As she removes the white wig from Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton's head on her new paperdoll (obtained on our "Greatest City In The World" Spring Break) I say, "Aren't you surprised to find she actually has such dark hair?!"

"No", my eight year old replies. "I knew because of her eyebrows. Eyebrows show the real color of someone's hair. Look at mine, you can see I have orange hair, which you can also tell from my personality."

"What do you mean by that?" I ask, trying to not chuckle or assume anything about her understanding of stereotypes.

"Redheads are kind of fiesty and so am I. We have big emotions."

Saturday, March 31, 2018

What I've Read This Month

What I've Read This Month...