Tag Archives: sports

#SOL19: Just a few seconds


A prone form.

Alone.

On the 48 yard line.

Unmoving.

Silent.

Two coaches run out.

The crowd quiets.

An EMT arrives in the circle.

He talks to the coaches.

He motions to the ambulance.

My stomach drops.

It’s hard to breathe normally.

I check the program.

I check the sideline.

A sigh of relief when it is not my great nephew.

Time

moves

so

slowly. . .

The parents are NOT in attendance.

Some of the crowd are NOT so silent.

Time moves so slowly.

Memories

Slam into the present.

Over shadowing the current reality.

Days gone past:  broken bones, concussion protocols, and arranging transportation.

Such is the life of a football parent.

But what if . . . ?

Regretfully . . .

Preventable . . .

Time moves so slowly when

a young man is eventually loaded onto a backboard.

And then a stretcher.

And then into an ambulance.

But the ambulance sits there.

Unmoving

No flashing lights

Silence is deafening.

Time moves so slowly.

16 minutes before it moves.

When does every minute count? 

When is “the first response” critical? 

What information is needed by whom?  And when?

Who controls the safety of these youngsters?

Just a few seconds

A bit of inattention

A lasting impact.

What is the level of vigilance in our classrooms?

Fortunately, classrooms are not contact sports.

But . . .

What do we see?

What do we miss?

How do we keep our focus when the needs are so many? 

What is the impact of just a few seconds?

How do we make sure we focus on learning? 

How do we make every second count? 




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

Screenshot 2019-01-29 at 3.12.16 AM.png




What if, for our 35% of our students with test anxiety, that this is how they feel, knocked down and unable to move?

Poetry: Love/Hate


Screenshot 2018-04-06 at 9.08.10 AM.png

 

Today’s post is based on the mentor text, “I Hate Poetry”, by a Virginia middle school student.  Her poem can be found here (and all the comments that she responded to individually.  The comments tell exactly why she “hates” poetry!).

How do you feel about poetry? 

Which version best matches your experiences?

Screenshot 2018-04-05 at 1.22.51 PM.png

Happy Poetry Friday!

( Click here for more info about Poetry Friday.)




Process:

  • Read student’s poem.
  • Studied the rhyme scheme.
  • Jotted down some ideas to include.
  • Decided that I wanted definite stanzas (so drafting outside of WordPress).
  • Used the student’s ideas for the first stanza.
  • Decided to repeat part of the first stanza in the closing stanza.
  • Drafted, revised, drafted!

 

Slice of Life 20: Changing Seasons


(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)  Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge:  StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna and Beth.   More Slice of Life posts can be found at  Two Writing Teachers .

              Changing Seasons

A pumpkin

Five pumpkin pushers

A net

A court

A tournament bracket

Forty minutes on the clock.

And it’s one of the “First Four”

Where the team

Has to play its way into the NCAA Tournament.

A senior

Leading scorer

Held to two points

In the first half.

Second leading scorer

In the history of the university.

Second only to his father

Must come alive

During the second half.

Down, down,

Down the floor

Basket.

Down, down,

Down the floor

Basket.

Foul.

Missed opportunities.

Swish.

Who will win?

*

Overtime

Injury

Dayton

Dry spell

No baskets

Many fouls

Dashing hopes

Winner advances to Raleigh.

                                                                  New Day Today

But wait,

Grapplers in the wings

NCAA today in Oklahoma

Winners all ten

Ready and primed

Time to shine!

A new day!

*

Hope,

Might have beens and could have beens erased,

Begin Anew!

163 days til the gridiron opens . . . .

The sports cycle continues!

Do changing sports seasons impact your lives? Or are you more interested in SPRING?
Steph Scrap Quilts

"Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads..."

TWO WRITING TEACHERS

A meeting place for a world of reflective writers.

Tim's Teaching Thoughts

Ideas and Reflections on Teaching

Hands Down, Speak Out

Listening and Talking Across Literacy and Math

Teachers | Books | Readers

Literacy Leaders Connecting Students and Books

Dr. Carla Michelle Brown * Speaker * author * Educator

We have the perfect words. Write when you need them. www.carlambrown.com

Curriculum Coffee

A Written Shot of Espresso

Mrs. Palmer Ponders

Noticing and celebrating life's moments of any size.

doctorsam7

Seeking Ways to Grow Proficient, Motivated, Lifelong Readers & Writers

Doing The Work That Matters

a journey of growing readers & writers

annedonnelly.wordpress.com/

adventures in multiple tenses

The Blue Heron (Then Sings My Soul)

The oft bemused (or quite simply amused) musings of Krista Marx -- a self-professed HOPE pursuing Pollyanna

Middle English

Life as an English teacher leader

steps in the literacy journey

Walking the Path to Literacy Together

arjeha

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

Resource - Full

Sharing Ideas, Strategies and Tools

Joel Pedersen

be that #oneperson