today we met the farmers
they got down low
told us everything
they showed us how to plant our own food
so that we could eat it later
they answered all of our questions
and told us
how the food would taste better
because we know the farmers now.
“know you food, know your farmers, and know your kitchen.”
spring conferences begin today-
here’s to all the teachers and parents out there.
credits: mark parisi, offthemark.com
one of my kinders
made me this bracelet
and said it would
give me power.
“the power of imagination makes us infinite.”
no students today
teachers get together to talk and play
to see how it feels for our kids
as we encourage them to experiment
to play with the process
rather than make a project
for the pure joy of creation
we try out materials
with no expected outcome
just for the chance to see what will happen
when we are finished
we share what we’ve made with each other
and as it happens
each one is a beauty in its own way.
“colours are brighter when the mind is open.”
a trio of kinders, a ring of keys, a door to our classroom….
“optimism is the key.”
the downward-facing up on the wall and on your head style
(includes the mysterious vanishing sheets technique)
the get inside of your sheets and try to camouflage yourself in them
while you creep across the floor and think no one will notice style
the fall asleep by accident in spite of yourself
and all of your best efforts to not to style,
while wrapped up in a sweaty and twisted cocoon
made of your own body and bedding.
“life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.”
after much trial and error and an ‘aha’ moment,
the kinders figured out what magnets do and found a place to put them.
“a teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.”