Monthly Archives: May, 2015

#SOL15: The Origin of Red Poppies and Poems for Memorial Day


“We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.”

Moina Micheals, inspired by “In Flanders Field,” made and sold poppies for remembrance and later even earned a place on the 3 cent stamp. (Wow, 3 cents!) Are poppies still available in your community? (For more Memorial Day Information see this site.)

What are the rituals that still exist to support and honor those who gave their lives in service for your daily freedoms?

Memorial Day Concert Taps Visit to a Cemetary Placing Flags on Graves Parade Patriotic Music Silent Thanks Buying Poppies

What is Memorial Day About?

It’s about the 625,000 Americans killed in the Civil War. The 116,000 Americans killed in WWI. The 405,000 Americans killed in WWII. The 36,000 Americans killed in the Korean War. The 58,000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War. The 2,200 Americans killed in the Afghanistan War. The 4,500 Americans killed in the Iraq war. And all the Americans killed in other wars. From The Poem Farm and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater – Amy’s eloquence is crystal clear in these two poems.  Check out the Poem Farm for other poems!

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Last year, my Memorial Day post asked,

Memorial Day: A Day Off or a Day to Celebrate Heroes?

You can check out the link that is in that title! What’s your view?

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Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!

#SOL15: Where do you find “Teaching Points”?


What is a teaching point? 

In literacy, a “teaching point” is often that behavior/learning that the teacher will demonstrate and then ask the students to use in their own work.  Examples might include:

  • Readers use punctuation to express meaning when reading.
  • Readers think about how this book may be like another book they have read.
  • Readers notice when something does not make sense. They may reread the
    sentence to help them.
  • Writers use figurative language to make their point.
  • Poets use line breaks to change the pace of a poem.
  • Authors think about their audience and how the audience will respond.

Not to oversimplify, but quality teaching points include work that is transferable to real life, the reason WHY students need to know/do this, AND demonstrate HOW to do the work.  The teachers who are masterful at crafting teaching points have practiced the use of those skills in their own reading and writing so that demonstrations clearly explain how the work moves readers or writers forward. Check out this post by Stacey Shubitz of Two Writing Teachers for some quality information on teaching points.

Teaching points in classrooms are often easy to spot.  But what about “Teaching Points” in the rest of our lives . . .

Where have I found “Teaching Points”?

tire shop

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At my local tire shop . . .

“Tires need to be rotated and balanced so they wear more evenly . . . ”

hospital

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At the hospital . . .

“Hand sanitizer needs to be completely dry on your hands before touching baby’s skin so the alcohol doesn’t transfer . .”

bank

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At the bank . . .

“Informing us of your location makes it easier for use to check on validity of transactions . . .”

Where, in life, do you find “Teaching Points”?

Where, in life, are you creating “Teaching Points”?

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Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!

#SOL15: Welcome!


Our news is not new news.

We know . . .

We will soon be proud grandparents.

The unknown . . .

When?

Soon?

Yes, soon!

How soon?

Not the due date!

Not a Derby Baby!

Not the day after.

Nor the next day

Nor the next

Days pass

Should I go?

Should I stay?

Waiting . . ..

Until it’s time!

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Excitement builds!

On Mother’s Day

The hospital waiting room beckons

Others waiting

Hushed voices

Waiting

Memories

Memories of the birth of my son a quarter century ago.

Now

My son’s son.

A healthy baby boy!

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My heart is full!

Dreams of our future

Dreams of the possibilities

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Welcome, grandson!

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Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!

#SOL15 – Teacher Appreciation Day


May 4 – 11:  Teacher Appreciation Week

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An acrostic for National Teacher Appreciation Day – May 5, 2015

Tirelessly teaching souls

Enriching each and every student life

Advising, nurturing and adding elegance to develop student super powers,

Charting courses for

Horizons not YET

Explored.

Researching, restoring and redefining HOPE and opportunities

Sharing skills and knowwledge so all can experience the joys of learning.

Thank You!

Additional Resources:

#ThankATeacher

Presidential Proclamation

Sarah Brown Wessling “What it means to be a teacher!”

#SOL15:  Passion – Finding Your Voice

Teacher Appreciation Quotes

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Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers (including TEACHERS) who also read, write and support each other!

What it means to be a teacher


May 4-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week

There is no way that I could say this even half as clearly, so here is Sarah Brown Wessling’s (Iowa’s 2010 National Teacher of the Year) Teaching Channel letter to her children,

“What it means to be a teacher!”

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