One Sunflower

in what other profession….

sols_blueToday was a teacher work day for our staff.  A day to continue our work grappling with cycles of inquiry, the 5D out of the University of Washington and at the core of it all, sharing and documenting our work as teachers of children.

Other professionals have such clear evidence of success – surgeons, investment bankers, real estate agents, lawyers, vacuum cleaner salesmen.  The only other profession I can think of that sometimes has to wait for evidence of “success” are religious houses.  Would a pastor be asked to document evidence of transformation?

Is there a test for that?

I am glad our staff is taking part in a process to determine our own hoops.  I know some of my colleagues are frustrated but I love it.  I love the questioning and the self examination and the desire for evidence.  Yes!  I actually celebrate that I am sifting through and lifting up my student work and making sure it answers the questions I have as a professional about my skill as a teacher.



To the tune of  “My Aunt Came Back”

A friend moved back….(a friend moved back..)
From Cali-for-ni-ay ...(from Cali-for-ni-ay.)
And brought with her….(and brought with her)
Paper from her freight….(paper from her freight.)

Insulated and layered………..
these sheets of brown………..
are the size of rugs………….
and make a crackly sound…………..

This friend said surely…………..
you could find a way……………..
to use this paper………….
from Cali-for-ni-ay…………..

We’re scribbling and cutting…………
printing hand and shoe………….
Recycling this paper…………….
is what we were born to do……


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If I’m ever stuck with an idea for a Slice of Life entry, I can always count on my fellow bloggers for a prompt.  Thanks to all of you doing the summer writing camp because your entries are inspiring me.  This one comes courtesy of A Year of Reading  and a mention of sketching before writing.

I have a sketchpad tucked inside my writing folder and probably doodle as much as I scrawl words.  My most recent doodle was inspired by a brother-sister duo at my church. The figures in my picture look less like the flesh and blood youngsters I know and more like the homeless waif and adventurous girl in the movie, Hugo.

Maybe a story will come but mostly my doodle reminded me of other famous friendships.  Frog and Toad, Toot and Puddle, Henry and Mudge, Owen and Mazee.   These characters have quirks, foibles, and the inspirational ability to forgive and forget.  Their steadfast friendships help us remember we, too, are capable of being loveable, doing the possible and impossible, and befriending others in our midst.

Here are two books I stumbled upon this week at my local library featuring such relationships.

Henry and Amy, by Stephen Michael King, is about a young boy described as being a bit out of step with everyone else.  He meets Amy, who is quite the opposite.  They become friends – of course – and a little bit of Henry rubs off on Amy and vice verse. Young children would enjoy this book – as well as newly weds.

Frank and Izzy Set Sail by Laura McGee Kvasnosky is set in my neck of the woods, the islands of Puget Sound.  My husband is very much like Frank, a bit afraid to go sailing and wanting to bring everything including the kitchen sink on a camp out.  Izzy is a bit more carefree, packing only a small bag.  Their little adventure stretches them both.

Another book introduced to me by my good friend, Margie at Courageous Wonderings,
is C. R. Mudgeon, by Leslie Muir.  I don’t have a picture – you will just have to read it and chuckle at the author’s imaginative and clever portrayal of characters with opposing personality traits.