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gangsters.

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our 5th grade boys

milling around

excited and nervous and happy

decided they were going to do their ‘gangster walk’

on the way in to their graduation ceremony

in their suits and ties

jackets thrown over shoulders

and i had to smile

when i heard them

strutting by

singing ‘sweet caroline’

at the top of their lungs

i’m betting neil diamond would take it as a compliment

and when they went inside

they recited their kind words

sang school songs

watched as pictures of their younger days

flashed upon the screen

and finally ended with a beautiful candlelighting

i’m proud of these gangsters

as i’ve known some of them since they were 3

before they even knew what letter ‘gangster’ started with.

 

“any distraction tends to get in the way of being an effective gangster.”

-terence winter

homework.

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the following was posted in the lost and found section of my neighborhood website:

‘Help me neighbors! I found young Marcus Wilson’s geometry notebook on the way to work around Revena. Anyone know him or his family? I hope his homework isn’t due today!’

 

“the worst thing a kid can say about homework is that it is too hard.

the worst thing a kid can say about a game is it’s too easy.”

-henry jenkins

 

 

 

 

image credit: calvin and hobbes – bill watterson

heard by the universe.

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(my glamour shot after returning from the salon and in full singing mode)

i love that my class

is unaware

that i am not a top notch singer

they are the best audience ever

very non-judgmental and accepting

as i belt out my tunes

and try to get them on board

i often improvise my own lyrics

when i only know part of them

or

think of something i’d like to add

many times accidentally

creating my own key

it’s all about the gusto

and not so much the skill.

“music in the soul can be heard by the universe. “

-lao tzu

 

 

 

 

first time.

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today on the first day

we welcomed our

 new multi-age kinders class

(3s, 4s, and early 5s)

each in their own age and stage

to our school

many for the first time.

“everybody has to learn for the first time.”

-joshua lederberg
 (1925 – 2008) american molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the united states space program. 1958 nobel prize winner.

 

 

image credit: rural images