Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mt. Auburn at Fall

I was in serious need of some time with my camera and nature. I decided to go take a nice stroll through the Mt. Auburn cemetery and take in the fall scenes. 
It's so interesting, to me, to find peace and beauty in a cemetery, where each stone tells a story.
As I wandered around the monuments and stones, I suddenly thought about how these individuals last resting place has become an amazing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The hour or so of time I spent in the cemetery was quite good for my photographers soul. After a crazy week, this gorgeous place allowed me to step back, relax, and just be with nature, my camera and my thoughts.
I left, as the sun set, in a place where I felt grounded and relaxed. Such a beautiful place right in my neck of the woods.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Song-osity: Setting Sun

I got a pocket full of sunshine...
Take me for a ride...
I smile up to the sky....
I know I'll be alright...
I got a pocket full of sunshine...

This weekend, each day had only 9 hours and 47 of daylight. 9 hours and 47 minutes of precious daylight.

Having grown up on the east coast my entire life, I've always been able to see the sunrises. The gorgeous moment of the sun cresting over the horizon, greeting the day.

A true sunset, those I haven't seen in their gorgeous entirety.

So, as the sun set, I decided to make my way to the Mt. Auburn Cemetery tower. It has stunning views of the city and region and has the perfect view of the western horizon.

As 4:22 approached, I waited with baited breathe, watching the sun dip lower and lower. The golden light was gorgeous. The few other people who braved the chilly evening were equally in awe.

And in the blink of an eye, the sun was gone. A day over. The light fading fast.

We had a gorgeous sunny day, but those last few minutes of our 9 hours and 47 minutes of day light may have been the most stunning and special.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 46

The Good: 
We're halfway done with our teacher-parent conferences. With 41 students it's a marathon of a day! The first half went well, but a 10 hour day was long and this was one tired teacher the next day!


The Random:
Anyone remember "That 70s Show"? Well, I came across an actual Vista Cruiser there other evening! It's a boat...that runs on water man!

The Fun: 
We had a bit of snow Friday morning. More than the day of snow showers a few weekends ago, not enough to cause issues but enough to excite me!


   

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Salty and Sweet

In a Row:
This shirt is now part of my t-shirt quilt, but I sure loved this shirt when I was in middle school!

Salty:
I tried this amazing salt in Oregon last year and was bummed my TJ was out of it for the winter. So when I found it this week, I bought 2!

Sweet:
Rabbi Saltzman keeps jelly beans in his office for the teachers. Some days I need a little sugary treat. 

Sitting Down:
 Nothing better then hitting the couch after I get home on Fridays.

Just because:
Just because nothing says fall and winter like chestnuts. And just because Wegmans spelled chestnuts wrong!


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Friday, November 14, 2014

November Randoms v. 1

watching mom...sweet picture...rainy day
sushi supper...morning coffee...script time
election day...i voted...civics lesson
low tech...fall leaves...landform learning
wet leaves...cheap(er) gas...red cup
chatty crackers...conference prep...frosty morning
newsroom returns...good coffee...conference day
exhausted teacher...fashionably wrong...research time
black outfit...my view...vista cruiser

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Non-fiction can be fun!

We began our non-fiction unit this week. Usually this elicits a massive amount of groans from the masses. Which I always find odd since half of the time during individual reading time they are pouring over non-fiction texts...
Anyway. We began by making this anchor chart with the text features we most often encounter ina text and how they can help us. As we did this we talked about how fiction may or may not have the same features.

Then, they made venn diagrams comparing fiction and non-fiction, which as one kiddo remarked "this is hard I thought they were SO different!" - well put!
Then, later in the week, we used our Time For Kids subscriptions to go on a "Non-Fiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt" - they read through the issues looking for a variety of features and noted how they could help you read the text. 
They thought they were having fun reading magazines, but they were actually really engaged in the "hunt"! Next week, we start non-fiction reading groups, which I actually prefer over fiction reading groups. Hopefully they'll learn to love non-fiction too!
Little by Little
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Song-ograhy: Perfect

It's the perfect time of year...
Try to see the world beyond your front door...

Right now, in writing, the kids are writing opinion pieces responding to the question: "which season is the best, winter, fall, summer, or spring?"

As I've modeled strategies in our mini-lessons, I've tried to use my own ideas about each season, to be unbiased. But then, I realized, as I sat with all the kiddos conferencing on their writing and hearing the reasons that support their opinions, that I truly love every season. They're reasons reminded me why I love living in Boston: 4 distinct seasons.

But, for now, it is fall. Full blown fall. And I am in love. The leaves are colorful and blanket the entire area. The sun sets early and as it does it's painting the sky in the most amazing colors, and those red cups are back putting the holiday cheer into the air.

I just all the seasons, but right now, this is the best time of year!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 45

The Good:
Last Sunday night I walked out the back door to this stunning sunset! I loved catching the reflection off the roof of a neighbors car.

The Random:
I looked over at the gym midweek and thought I saw one of my favorite AM radio DJs. Turns out, it was him. Pumping iron with a local "celeb" - wicked.


The Fun:
We've spent all year, so far, in writing learning how to write strong opinion pieces. The kids are really doing amazing with the big demands of this program and we recently finished out class collaborative pieces. Since each section took one side of an argument, we posted our papers on the bulletin board for a school vote. Each morning I have a kid or two encouraging staff and students to read the papers and vote, perfect for election week!



   

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Blankets and Beds

My view:
Sunday night's amazing sunset after a bitter day of wind and snow (happy November to us?)

In my bag:
 A slightly random bag of groceries from Trader Joe's...

Warm:
 'tis the season to curl up with a blanket on the couch in the evenings.

Asleep:
 By Friday, I am so ready to curl up in bed for a good night sleep with no alarm on the other end.

Body Part:
Me, my feet, and Harry.

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