Memory Block.

            In this picture you see a young father, a daddy and a sleeping toddler and I see that too but there is also an argument a clash of titans that happened hours before battle of wills egos and hubris that we put aside for the sake of the sleeping toddler that you see on the daddy’s back we are not important as the sleeping baby on daddy’s back that you see

Falling Down a Rabbit Hole Near You…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.” Let’s talk about some other things. I read Alice in Wonderland when I was an adult, long after seeing the Disney animated version (though it was first released in 1951, I saw it years later). I don’t know that much about Lewis Caroll, admittedly, but I do know Alice  works as a dream, as a fantasy, a stream of consciousness. It’s crazy as a Mad Hatter, and as mysteriousas a…

I am…

Last year, one of the first things we did were “I Am” poems. All of you did a fantastic job; the poems were heartfelt, funny, real, and creative. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, try your hand at writing another one, or even mixing up characters or people you know. The format goes something like this: I AM I am (two special characteristics you have, you are) I wonder I hear I see I want I am (repeat the first line or alter it slightly) I pretend I feel I touch I worry I cry I am…

Wrapping Up a Year…My Gift to You

As I begin to write out the last two weeks’ worth of lesson plans and agendas, it strikes me that I really don’t want this to be quite over. Yes, I can hear you all now, that you can’t WAIT to get out for summer vacation, not have to worry about a darn thing, and mentally and emotionally prepare yourselves for high school. Well, I’m looking forward to summer break, too. But it shouldn’t feel like this permanent boundary, that once crossed, you can never return. I haven’t taught 8th grade students before, and while I was teaching 7th grade,…