Monthly Archives: March, 2017

#SOL17: It’s Time to . . .


time

It’s time to . . .

Write a slice and post it before the sun comes out.

Reflect on 32 straight days of blogging.

Read and comment on some student slices.

Add a video reflection to Kathleen’s flip grid.

Take a breath and choose one task to complete – something left to slide!

Comment on fellow “slicer” posts

Loudly and vociferously say

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To fellow “Slicers” for their love and support this month.

Bid Adieu to daily blogging but not to daily writing in order to keep those writing muscles in shape.

What will you say “goodbye to on this last day of slicing?  

What will you say “hello” to ?  

What will you be continuing to do as a result of this new and yet “different” writing for a month?


Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: And before that . . .


 

 

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Three deer strolled casually across the road.  I breathed a sigh of relief.  No slamming of brakes.  No sliding bags.  No coffee spilled.  I had already hit my brakes when the rear outer red lights flashed on the car in front of me.

And before that, I had just mentioned to a friend on Voxer that it was either

  0: dark : thirty OR

0: deer : thirty.

I guess I knew the most accurate time.  No rain so deer were moving.  Slow and steady for the next four miles down Deer Alley.

And before that, I had just commented on an open gate:  “Will those cows be out on the road, in the ditch, or behind the house?”

And before that, I was driving down the road en route to the office for my early morning appointment in the tech department.  I was sick and tired of issues with posting my slices 3/4 of the days of the March SOLSC.

And before that, I was racing Mya to the end of the driveway and amazed (daily) by the fact that her four legs regularly beat my four cylinder Vibe.

And before that, I was packing my work bag.

  • a Dell laptop
  • a Chromebook plus
  • an iPad mini
  • a Samsung phone

“Did I have all the necessary devices for the day?” I wondered.

And before that, I was enjoying a peaceful second cup of coffee.  Silence.  Coffee.  Peace. Thinking time.  No noise.  No devices.  No conversation with Mya.

And before that, I was packing my lunch of a granola bar and a turkey and jalapeno cheese wrap.  Plus a travel cup of coffee.

And before that, I was drinking that first cup of coffee for the morning. Savoring the smell of those coffee beans.  Hearing the drip.  And waiting eagerly for that first jolt of caffeine!

And before that, shower . . . shampoo . . . and the rest of the story is not available for print.

Do you always tell a story in chronological order?  

Have you tried reverse order?  

Does it feel uncomfortable to you?  

What structure might you try as an innovation?



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: Books I will read?


How many books do I read a year?

This sounds like a possible algebraic equation with:

a = the number of books purchased for demonstrations

b = the number of YA books purchased to read and/or share

c = the number of professional books read

d = the number of books reread

e = audiobooks, scripts, shorter print resources

In a simple world:

a + b + c + d + e  = the total number of books read.

Do I really keep track of my books?

no

Not at all!

Can I make a guess?  Sure!

Each week I probably read 2-3 kid lit books, 2-3 books for fun (often conspiracy theory books), and 1-2-3 professional books.  DISCLAIMER:  The professional books are not read from cover to cover all the time.  Often a professional book begins with one chapter here or another chapter there and then I dive in and read the rest of the book!

I love to read!

I love to read series books!  

I love to read!  

I love to read a lot!

So a blog post titled “How Many Books Will You Read Before You Die?” caught my eye.  My interest was totally due to the “How Many Books Will You Read?” part of the question.  I’m not interested in the last three words (although we have many more widows in my mother’s generation 5 and 0 widowers) because I’m really into living in the here and now (except for when my nose is in a book).

Interesting data categories:

Average reader per year = 12 books per year

Voracious reader per year = 50 books per year

Super reader per year = 80 books per year

Would you be an average reader?  

Would you be a voracious reader?  

Would you be a super reader?  

Would you be an “Extreme Reader”? 

As you are thinking about your category, consider the data in this chart.

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Retrieved 3.28.17 from Source Here

What do I see in this data?

 I think I need to increase my reading drastically.  I vote for a book or two EVERY DAY EVERY YEAR!  That would be a minimum of 3,650 books every decade or APPROXIMATELY 10,000 books left.  That’s better than being a 25 year old, don’t you think?

What books are on your MUST READ list?

How many books a year do you think you read?  

How do you keep track?



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

 


My guesstimate =  Extreme Reader  = 300 books each year

I love to read.

I love to read a lot.

I love to read.

I love to binge read everything an author has written.

I love to read.

#SOL17: Memories


memories

Memories

Moments in time

Preserved

Perhaps captured with a camera flash

Or the stroke of a pen.

 

Memories

Moments in time

Experiences shared

As families, as friends, as spectators, as coaches

Preserved

Perhaps a story told

Or laughter shared.

Memories

Moments in time

Voices murmuring

Beckoning here and there

Preserved

Shared out loud

Multiplying our love!


How are you storing up each moment?  

How do you capture that smile, that glance, that word, that memory?


Thank you, dear friends, for all your kinds words, support and love these past few weeks,  There.are.no.words.to.express.the.depth.of.my.appreciation.

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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: Procrastination City


Today’s idea and format is borrowed from Liz Garden’s Post “Procrastination Queen” here.

Procrastination City

I should work on my PD presentations.

But let me read one more section of the Writing Strategies.

I should work on my PD presentations.

Oh, is it raining out?

I should work on my PD presentations.

I need to respond to my “Slicers”.

I should work on my PD presentations.

Just one more cup of coffee.

I should work on my PD presentations.

Mya is ready for a walk now.

I should work on my PD presentations.

What’s happening on Twitter now?

I should work on my PD presentations.

Just a quick snack now.

I should work on my PD presentations.

I’ll just check my email quick.

I need to work on my PD presentation for tomorrow.

But . . .


Do you have those times when work is calling and any excuse will pull you away?  

How do you focus?  

What’s your secret?  

How do you teach “Focus” to your students?


Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17 and #DigiLitSunday: Learning?


 

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Today’s Topic: A Burning Question

 

 

 

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More posts with Margaret Simon here

 

Who is learning and how do we know?

Are the students learning?

How do we know?

What can they tell / show us about what they can do NOW that they could not do before instruction?

Is the learning important enough that the student will use “this” the rest of his/her life (beyond school)?

Am I learning?

How do you know?

You can search my blog for the following topics and see my learning:

TCRWP

NCTE

ILA

Shouldn’t our learning be public?  

Shouldn’t we have multiple pieces of evidence about our learning?

(Hint:  It does not have to be a number.)  

How are you sharing your learning?

What is your “Burning Question”?


Learning a new device has kept this post brief, but I conquered “Where do downloads go on a chromebook?”, inserted a picture, and posted it all with this new chromebook!


Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: A Box


Brown cardboard box.

Inside the front door.

Big enough?

Ah, small package in front.

Another book.

Not unusual.

The bigger box?

4 x 18 x 12

IS IT?

My arms are full.

Mya wants in.

The ground is wet from the steady rain.

What do I do?

The Amazon delivery at my door?

The bags in my hand?

Major decision.

I want to rip the box open.

I need to set other bags down.

Is it possible to handle all simultaneously?

Nope.  Only two hands!

Push the door open, set down bags in hands inside the door, pick up Amazon items, carry in, and open, ooh and ah, YES!, open, open, open, plug in, wait,

NOT PATIENTLY WAIT,

MUST WAIT . . . .


This morning,

Joyfully,

With occasional twinges of anxiety-

All that newness,

Crafting my post

On my new chromebook plus.

Bells and whistles not understood

But adjusting to the new keyboard

A new “touch feeling”

A new sound to my fingers pressing the keys

More of a thud.

Not a click, click, click.

Celebrating double clicks.

A new language on the tool bar.

Learning

AGAIN!

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learn more about chromebook plus here

How do you merge anticipation and reality?

How do you learn new things?  

Just dive in OR read all the materials first?

What are you looking for in your next NEW device?



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: Math Homework


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I can do math.

It’s not my first choice.

Give me a book.

Let me write,

let me deliver a speech or two,

Just let me choose!

It’s not that math’s hard.

But because it’s “One Right Answer”

I fret,

I worry,

I dither,

And I change my mind

Again,

and AGAIN,

and YET AGAIN!

I forgot my lifelines . . .

I could have skype messaged Lynn

or text messaged Katie.

I could have contacted Chad or JJ.

Under pressure

I folded

I contacted THE GOOGLE.

I was checking my great nephew’s 5th grade math.

Confident was I

After all I had taught fourth grade

And I thought I was successful

Even if it was back before Columbus discovered America!

REALLY, How hard could it be?



Problem Example (No REALpictures – didn’t think of that either!)

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Something like this block . . . repeated about 50 million times like it had been stamped onto the paper as a block of problems about 30 times.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen something that looks like exponents.  I’m pretty sure that I did not see this in my grade 5 math.

What did I need?

Confirmation of this:

math homework

or even this chart:

math homework two

or even this would have been helpful

math homework three

OR even this (all courtesy of THE GOOGLE!)

math homework four


I was brave.

I researched.

I checked.

I googled again.

Checking my great nephew’s math homework.

Worrying that it would be “WRONG”

When it looked pretty darn “RIGHT”!


After all,

I’m NOT just an AUNT;

I’m the World’s BEST Great Aunt!

math homework six

My confidence wanes

I’d hate for the homework to be counted wrong.

So I ask THE GOOGLE one more time

Then I text my niece and nephew,

“If B’s math is wrong, it would be my fault.  He had me check it.  I used a bit of Google and believe it to be all good.”

His mother replied,

“Excellent. I stopped being able to help him with math in second grade when they switched to the common core.”

Math woes . . .

Literacy is so much easier!

How do you solve problems?

How do you know when your problem solving works?

Who do you ask for help?  

What do you do when you don’t “KNOW something”?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

 

 

#SOL17: My Day By the Numbers


Thanks to Phyllis Sutton at “Keeping the Wonder Alive” for her “My Day By the Numbers” post yesterday that finally led me to my own version.

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My Day By the Numbers

 

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What numbers do you see in your day?



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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

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#SOL17: Troubles


Troubles often come in multiples. What number strikes you?

I couldn’t access wordpress so I didn’t know if my post had published as scheduled. Two thirds of the 21 days of slicing have had computer troubles so I knew it was going to be a typical terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

word press security

When I finally accessed wordpress, I saw my post was published so I linked up to the “Call for Slices”.  For some strange reason, I decided to check the posting and I discovered that an earlier draft had published on my work laptop . . . the computer I had abandoned because it was soooooooooo sssslllllloooooooowwwwwwwwww! That was NOT the final version so I quickly edited the published slice and updated it because I knew it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

troubles one

I went to start my car and the low tire light came on.  I backed the car up to the garage but the air compressor would not turn on so even though I found the little emergency air compressor in my car and did get it aired up –  I knew it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

troubles two

Tire finally aired up and then my phone rang.  A call I had to take because the first ten minutes from my house have no signal . . . hills, dips, and bridges – as I answered the phone I knew it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

troubles three

After I finished my phone call, airing up my tire, editing my post, and checking wordpress, I sat down and had another cup of coffee.  This was not the day to leave in the dark, hit a deer and make a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day EVEN WORSE!

Calm, cool, collected . . . and caffeinated after two cups of coffee, I left for the day.

Safe.

Sound.

Done with the annoyance and the aggravation.

Ready for the rest of the day to proceed as positively as possible. Ready for any and all learning opportunities.  After all, I had already solved MANY problems!

problems five

How do you handle your troubles?  

How do your students handle their troubles?  

How do we persevere in the face of adversity?  

How do we define adversity?



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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

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