Tag Archives: Gratitude

ART 311

FINAL ART REFLECTION is up under Art 311.

We are rounding the bend headed to home….ENJOY your final days with your students in your PDS site. Be Grateful and Gracious to all who have impacted your learning this semester. Kind words, written words are BEST. Show your best work AND how you had an IMPACT on Student Learning at your CELEBRATION!

What we learn from out children

I love wordpress…but I have had a nagging problem that I could not solve. Solution….My daughter Nikki! She is home for the weekend and in about 5 seconds, literally, she solved my problem. WOW! Now I can download my files and documents directly into wordpress without going through googledocs first. I am in the process of upgrading all posts, so feel free to visit again and more easily get the “handout”.

But it got me thinking about all we learn from our children. My three have taught me so much and I continue to learn more from them each day. My learning extends to my nieces and nephews as I am a participant observer in their lives, watching them grow into amazing young adults. Many thanks to each of you.

A goal of parenting is to “pay attention” to be a mindful observer in the lives of our children, to ask them questions, wonder along side them, and ultimately rely on their acquired knowledge and skills as they become adults. I see so many parts of me in their lives (check out Nikki’s pintrests or http://jesserappaport.wordpress.com/), but now I see so much of them in my life. A very special thanks to the three of you…

30 miles out to sea….

Today is the start of my summer holiday. It begins by looking out on a breezy pond in Plymouth, with purple buddelia and swaying grasses at a home of a friend. Tomorrow I board the ferry for Nantucket, which is 30 miles out to sea. This trip always brings such a flood of memories, little children, calm ponds, crashing waves, a special vow, painted furniture, local artists and their creative work galore! Mostly for me it is a time of reflection, energizing me for the academic year ahead. A time to think new thoughts, craft syllabi, plan imaginative explorations to guide beginning and advanced teachers and set an agenda for scholarship. The fog rolls in and lifts my spirit as it rolls out…renewed. The time also has become a gathering of adult children and friends. I love seeing them grow and make Nantucket their special place. Just know that I am thinking, dreaming, and imagining all of you here too!