Thursday, December 6, 2012

Helping Hands Project

This whole school year has been dedicated to kids making a difference in the lives of others.  When Kate, my partner in crime, asked me if I wanted to join her class in a service project this holiday season, I immediately said, "Yes!"  Kathy, our teammate, joined us and we now have the whole fourth grade working together to help those in need.  We decided to make no-sew tied fleece blankets to give to the local women's shelter that gives women and their children a safe place to stay.  I was hoping to connect with other classes who are doing similar projects.  Hence, the beginning of the Helping Hands project.

Here is the plan...

  • The group is open to all classrooms who want to share their thinking and their work with others.  You can share via blogs, Skype, Voice Thread or any other way that fits your needs.  
  • I began a group on Edmodo called Helping Hands.  The code to join is qlglas.  You can also access the site at http://edmodo.com/join/99c7716f4272c118a6e76f2f11035835.   If you've never used Edmodo before, it's easy to sign up and get registered.
  • As you read great books, work on projects or share your thinking, connect with others on Edmodo.  You  can set up a time to connect that is convenient for all parties.  I've already heard from a couple of people who are doing great things and my class is so excited to share with them.  We will keep Helping Hands open until the end of January. 

I'm launching the unit with Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting.  It's one of my favorite books.  I hope that we can connect with lots of people!  Please join us.



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Slowing Down to Savor the Good Things: Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is one of those rare days that people get in December.  A break from routine.  A break from the hustle and bustle.  Time to slow down and savor.

Today I received the gift of time spent with some  amazing women.

The morning began with meeting a friend for breakfast before a doctor appointment.  The best part...it wasn't a quick breakfast meeting that had to end by 8:30 to get to school in time for the 8:45 bell.  No, this was a leisurely breakfast where time was of little significance.

My friend retired last year, and I moved to a new building, so we haven't had a chance to catch up.  What a joy this morning was.  We shared stories about our kids and our lives; sometimes laughing, sometimes just shaking our heads.   I left the restaurant feeling uplifted, realizing how easy it is to let these moments slip by.

This evening was spent with four fabulously smart ladies who all share a love of literacy and teaching children.  Again, we shared stories of our own children and our teaching lives.  There was no hurrying to get to the next appointment or to check the next thing off our to-do list.  Instead, we lingered over delectable food and stimulating conversation.  New friendships were made and old ones were strengthened.

Spending my time with each of these women today was exactly what I needed.   I didn't dwell on what still needed to be done.  Instead, I just enjoyed.  During this holiday season, I hope all of you find time to spend with the people that buoy your spirits, feed your soul, and leave your heart full.


Thanks to Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers for hosting Slice of Life Tuesday.