Monthly Archives: January 2016

Anger 28 January 2016

What happens when you are so angry about things that have happened in your life that you can’t see your way clear to anything. And when you feel that way and you’re only fifteen, wow, is there any hope? Of … Continue reading

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Inner Writing Life 27 January 2016

I had a little CTJ meeting with one of my classes after my whole contemplation of respect. I’d written that day, during writing time, about respect and how when there isn’t respect, it diminishes the writing community we’ve established in … Continue reading

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Respect 26 January 2016

I think a lot about the word respect, what it means and what it looks like. The definition reads: “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.” Some of the synonyms are: … Continue reading

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Tribulation and hope 25 January 2016

It is said that tribulation produces perseverance and that builds character. And if you have built character then you’ll have hope. I’m not sure how that all works to bring hope though. I get that trouble in life, at least … Continue reading

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Tiger 21 January 2016

We wrote poetry yesterday using Blake and others as models. During the course of class, we enjoyed another teacher’s recitation of If by Rudyard Kipling. This poem was published in 1895 and the message still holds true today. It is … Continue reading

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Recitation 20 January 2016

There is something to be said for memorizing beauty, whether it is in words or mind pictures. We’ve been practicing reading our poetry out loud for a couple of weeks. Students each chose two poems to memorize and recite for … Continue reading

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Alive and Well 19 January 2016

Poetry is alive and well, no matter how much my students groan. They write the most amazing lines about football, basketball, wrestling, tractors, farming, cheerleading, video gaming, friends, family and even dinner. Poetry should be a short lyrical response to … Continue reading

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