#SOL18: North Star

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That big star?  Always in the North?

Shining brightly

Easier to see out in the country

Away from “city” lights

Easily 100 carats bright

A stationary beacon.

It was a lab extra credit.  We took turns looking through a telescope.  But we really liked the view from the quilt on the ground.  The sky sprinkled with twinkling lights was mesmerizing.  And the “city slickers” slowed down to observe just a bit of nature.  I didn’t want to be there.  The ground was hard.  It was late.  A book was surely calling my name.

Read me. Read me.

But the uncertainty of whether I needed the extra credit made me linger.  I knew my lab partner probably needed my points as well.  That night – a peaceful view, a bit of learning and the company of friends and classmates.

I knew this.  I didn’t have to be there.  But it was Easy. No challenge  No stress.  Just time, a different location, and an opportunity for an out of the ordinary instructional experience.

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There’s something magical about the North Star. I’m not sure if it’s the “constancy”, the fact that it doesn’t move, or just the symbol that guides us that sparks my curiosity (#OLW18).

What is your guiding star?

One of mine is my insatiable need to continue learning… and reading …and writing … I’m currently stuck on E’s





and these quotes from our #G2Great chats:

My current North Stars – my source of direction comes from:

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What is your North Star?

Where does it come from?

What sustains it?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

16 responses

  1. Love these Es! Embarrassment threw me for a second, until I read the Newlrk quote. Makes a lot of sense!!

    1. Lorie,
      They are both terrific books for their honesty and “do-ability”. Also so practical and important for ALL teachers. I would love to see them in teacher prep programs! ❤

  2. That’s incredible how clearly it comes through in your photo. I feel like we always have dim stars where we live. My North Star for writing is this community – truly! We are reading from Ralph Fletcher about writer’s notebooks in my one class. I am gearing up to host a Writing focused summer institute at the end of June. We will study Shawna Coppola’s and Ruth Ayers’ new books on writing (as well as Jennifer Serravallo’s and Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s).

    1. Aileen,
      Ruth’s book is absolutely precious. So much wisdom from all your authors! I love that the “Slicers” are your North Star! And rightly so! ❤

  3. I think learning and growing is a North Star for me — especially as it relates to listening to kids. When we slow down and listen to them, really listen, I think they always guide us!

    1. Beautiful, Clare. The key is to “really listen” and then take that information and USE it for our next steps. I think it also demands that we SLOW down – maintain our sense of urgency – but make the time to “really listen”!!! I can’t imagine NOT learning and growing! ❤ Thanks!

  4. There is something magical about the North star. This is what is believed in my country.

    Dhruva – Wikipedia

    Dhruva (ध्रुव “constant, immovable, fixed”) is a devotee of Vishnu mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and the Bhagavata Purana. The Sanskrit term dhruva nakshatra “immovable star” is used of the polar star in the Mahabharata, personified as son of Uttanapada and grandson of Manu, even though Polaris at the likely period of the recension of the text of the Mahabharata was still several degrees away from the …

  5. One of the joys of living in a rural area is the fact that on clear nights the stars and constellations are visible. Whenever we come home at night I always look up and try to find the Big Dipper and any planets that are visible on that night.

  6. Your slices always leave me thinking, and I love that I can hear your voice so clearly. I think I was really writing about what grounds me in my post this week too. I love your “North Stars” and will now have to read the books you recommend.

    1. Erika,
      Voice has always been one of my strongest traits. (Even without my name! LOL) I can’t wait to see your post and to see what grounds you!
      They are fabulous books!!!

  7. Fran, YOU are a North Star for me! Thank you for always guiding me in the best of directions, sending me a kind word when I most need it, and for adding to my TBR pile. 😀

    1. You are welcome, Kathy! #BetterTogether
      You will LOVE Regie’s Literacy Essentials! It has your name on it for sure! ❤

  8. I loved reading about your North Star, and your memories of astronomy and assignments. My own North Star has been to live a life of purpose, summed up in one of Mary Oliver’s poems (here’s my favorite part):
    When it’s over, I want to say all my life
    I was a bride married to amazement.
    I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

    When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
    if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

    I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
    or full of argument.

    I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world

    1. That is so you, Tara. You, Margaret, and Catherine F. Always have such perfect poems. I need a bit more poem study in my life!

  9. I, too, need to be engaged. I’m constantly reading, investigating, discussing, consuming information, and creating responses to what I’ve read. Being engaged keeps me alive!

    1. Love this, Stacey. I’ve been naming the behaviors involved in “being engaged” so that folks are well aware that it’s more than just “looking busy”. Precision of words, yes! But that also fuels the “what keeps us alive” as well as matching our belief system!

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