Week in a Paragraph, it’s out there man…


Well, here they are, your weeks in a paragraph….First up, is Liza Lee Miller who made me think again, so I added that important qualifier “some” to my request for paragraphs post

It is spring and many a fifth grader’s fancy turns to love and they act the way we see on tv. And, that is a joy — isn’t it? Having to speak to fifth grades about not having public displays of affection. Well, at least it points out why we need to get our collective fifth grade teacher act together and plan out our unit on “Health.” If you don’t mind, Alice, I don’t think I”ll share with them your thoughts on how rules were meant to be broken.

A the romance of spring. In upper elementary, it’s more about the smell as hormones and hot weather bring on a stink that I won’t describe here.

Next, we have Susan, who was sick this week. I was myself, and son missed three days due to intermittent vomiting. UGH! Susan, the good news is that two-weeks is pretty low-grade, but annoying nonetheless. Here’s some echinacea for you!

I woke up sick this weekend and my daughter, running nose and hacking cough, looked at me and said, “Oh, probably because I drank out of your glass all day yesterday.” This came just after her proclamation that she wants to be a doctor. Oh my! In a meeting yesterday, my Dean just shook his head and said, “I had that–lasted two weeks. Good luck!” The only good thing about being sick is that fabulous feeling the morning you wake up and you are no longer sick and you feel like you have a new lease on life. I’ll hold onto that thought for now.

Here is our regular host, Kevin H., who unlike many of us, seemed to be productive this week. I’d be jealous, if I wasn’t so impressed…

Here ya go:

“I introduced the concept of hyperlinks this week to my students as we moved into creating short hyper-linked poetry projects in PowerPoint (Can you tell that I still have alliteration on my brain?). They got it. Immediately. It was great. I remember once trying to teach teachers about hyperlinks and what I mostly got from them were just blank stares. One teacher even stormed out of the workshop. I’m not buying into the entire digital native-digital immigrant analogy that so neatly divides us into groups, but I do think kids are more apt to explore, experiment and invent. They just need a supportive space to do it.”

The podcast:

Hello, Elaine Plybon and welcome. Evelyn thinks that running day in a sentence would be “stealing”, it’s not! You TOO can do this, just drop a line to Kevin, he likes to share!

I stumbled upon the Reflective Teacher today and was bummed to see it gone, but happy to see the Day in a Sentence carried on. I hope it continues because I think it’s a great concept (would steal it for my blog if I thought I wouldn’t get caught! LOL)

Good Luck!

My fellow Sacramentarian, Larry Ferlazzo shares his sore muscles from exercise (I’ve just started at a gym, so I know his pain), and some of the back and forth of discipline in his class (“success”, “backtracking”, “success”) which seems to be part of the give and take of teaching, especially this time of year. Is there anything that chocolate can’t make better?

It’s been a mixed week. My body aches badly after getting back into my three-night-a-week basketball regimen, but that’s moderated slightly after scoring the winning three-point basket. The day after writing a lengthy well-received post on how I got my “good class that went bad back to good again” they, of course, had a meltdown; but they bounced-back well. I’m way behind on some writing deadlines, but my wife bought me a box of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. So, it could be worse.

Along comes lynn jake with a sentiment many of us feel from time to time. This one wins the award for BEST topic sentence. It really pulled me in (not that I’d want to have that week, mind you).

Well, all I can say is this week is better behind me than before me. I didn’t know that before the week started, but it turned out to be just kind of demeaning, which lead to depressing. The good news is that it is gloriously warm and Springlike here. The lupine and California Poppies are blooming rampantly. A trip to Table Mountain to hike among the wildflowers is in order, it looks like. Speaking of changing the paradigm.

Happy wildflower watching!

murcha shares her great experience doing a long distance preso to students in Canada sharing her culture (Australia). This is what the Web 2.0 stuff is all about, making connections with others…

I have had the most amazing week, that started off with a high degree of nervousness as I had a class of 110 students sitting in their school theatre waiting to hear my lesson. Hmm…I hear you say! Well, that class was over in Canada, and I was sitting in my home in Australia, teaching them about our culture, school, town and our farm as they were studying Oceana. Images were shared via slideshare presentations embedded on a wiki and skype allowed me to talk to them and speak to each of the images. Such powerful learning!! ….plus, I got great feedback from the students, which I rarely get from my classes.

blk1 (Bonnie Kaplan) shares about her collaboration with NWP members, and reminds us it’s the network…

This week, while waiting impatiently for spring, I eased back into my life flow, thinking deeply about the tech strand of our upcoming Summer Institute. It helped to be able to get a lot of help from the techies I know at the NWP TL network! The conversation with my leadership team was messy as usual, but smoother than I expected. There’s still nothing like collaboration.

I’m enjoying this visit to you blog home, Alice.

Glad you enjoyed it, Bonnie!

Tom shares what he’s learned from a new teacher who is really taking her reflective writing seriously….

On Monday I met students for one-on-one, what’s going on with your inquiry project meetings. One student, Jen, a teacher in her third year of high school teaching reported that she’s hooked on studying her teaching as she teaches. She takes notes as her students discuss history and make connections between historical events in the past and current events that are unfolding. She scribes and paraphrases their words. And they know it. “Cognitive networking” is her term for what happens when kids make sense and build ideas through classroom talk. I don’t really care what she calls it. I’m so pleased that she’s moved from asking questions that she knows the answers to and has gotten excited about her students’ thinking. That was my teaching highlight for the week – especially when considering where Jen started last September.

Gail Desler’s submission reminds me of why she is such a great travel buddy. Look at how much fun and learning she is having! It’s short, but very sweet!

What started as a rough week of trying to make a grant proposal deadline is ending in Philadelphia for a Writing Project meeting – in excellent company; eating, eating, and more eating!

Jeff Wasserman is another sufferer of this nasty early-Spring bug. Hope the crud is out of your life soon!

Sneezing and coughing my way through the week, I reveled in the quiet brought about by the early departures of several students. Some were voluntary (the band went to DC, and a lot of kids left early for vacation). Some were not (suspensions galore this week–there’s something in the water, I suppose). Coughed all Friday night and hopefully have expelled whatever demon’s been in my upper respiratory system. Just in time for spring break…

Mary shares a small bit of big time wisdom, it’s easy in Spring to focus on something that seems critical (like a dress code), but you have to ask, is it worth the battle? Mary, I didn’t say anything about poems, but those would have been welcome too.

The week started full steam and quickly slowed to a snails pace. We are anxious for vacation to begin as well as winter to end. Shorts, tank tops and flip-flops topped the hit list this week. The dress code seems to be a hot topic as the weather warms. After all, students can’t learn if they are comfortable. I’m being a bit sarcastic here. I think we should pick our battles. If we want to demand a certain dress, then we should have uniforms. Enough said, as I don my shorts and sandals for a weekend of relaxation. Here’s hoping my student prudently come to school next week with appropriate clothing so that I will not have to watch them reprimanded for being 11. It’s time again for the annual letters to the principal on the merits of comfortable clothing. Ah, another writing opportunity! I feel a poem coming on too.

ncavillones is a tumblr blogger, and obviously prefers a more minimalist style (which is okay in my book). His microparagraph manages to convey a lot in a few words. Thanks!

I don’t have the energy to write a paragraph after this busy week of visiting friends, playing at the playground and cleaning house.

It looks like it was the all field trip week for Delaine Zody. I’m sure she is tired, but she sounded happy too. Sometimes it’s nice to get not just out of the classroom, but off the school campus.

This was the week of bus riding! One fieldtrip to the coast to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck Center, another to the local college for a stint on the ropes course. We finished the week with Clinique makeovers from our local department store and a pizza lunch as a reward for perfect attendance for the CaHSEE. All this amidst a huge cutback for our department and refiguring what we will all teach next year. It’s never dull where I work and live.

Sara shares scenes from nature to remind us of the time of year…

Spring moved from a slow creep to all out daffodil war – they were gathering in hushed bunches on the roadside, on street corners, and by the basement windows of local houses. Who knows what they’re capable of, with their shrugging foliage and agreeably bobbing heads!

BLEECH! akenyon shares about practice tests, and the competitive mood among colleagues. Let’s hear it for collegiality and working together folks?

This was our first week back after a 2 week break. We spent the week giving standardized test practice (boring) to our 3rd grade class. They will do the testing next week. This week has been a little frustrating on a professional level. Some colleagues are choosing to compete instead of collaborate. I will be looking for some more positive partnerships for upcoming projects.

Benjamin Baxter shares this microparagraph wisdom…

Seniors and sophomores react similarly to the spring. It makes them crazy and lazy. Ugh.

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12 Comments to

“Week in a Paragraph, it’s out there man…”

  1. April 12th, 2008 at 3:29 pm      Reply Larry Ferlazzo Says:


    Entertaining and insightful presentation. Of course, we’d expect nothing less of you!


  2. April 12th, 2008 at 3:58 pm      Reply Doug Noon Says:

    Nancy Cavillones has a blog called Se Hace Camino Al Andar. I’ve been reading it for quite a while.

  3. April 12th, 2008 at 4:38 pm      Reply dogtrax Says:

    Great job, Alice.
    Wonderful intros.
    You are the hostest with the mostest. (red zigzag lines under those two words tell me that they are misspelled words, but oh well …)
    Have a great week (I see your emotional meeting says “pleased” so that is good)

  4. April 13th, 2008 at 4:06 am      Reply Karen McComas Says:

    Doggone it – I submitted something yesterday – or so I thought. Apparently it never posted (I suspected something didn’t work quite right but didn’t have the heart to compose that paragraph again). At any rate, it was nice to read the paragraphs of others and find threads of my paragraph running through many of them!

    Thanks for hosting!


  5. April 13th, 2008 at 4:16 am      Reply murcha Says:

    Loved the intros to everyone’s comments. Thanks Alice. Oh dear, we are about to move through autumn into winter so hope those bugs dont follow us down under.

  6. April 13th, 2008 at 7:27 am      Reply Liza Lee Miller Says:

    Great job! Really enjoyed reading everyone’s responses and visiting many of the blogs! Thank you!

  7. April 13th, 2008 at 7:52 am      Reply Karen McComas Says:

    Enjoyed reading these!

  8. April 13th, 2008 at 7:54 am      Reply Karen McComas Says:

    Now I’m just testing comments – Karen

  9. April 13th, 2008 at 8:10 am      Reply alicemercer Says:

    Apologies to Nancy for giving her a sex change (she’s still a fantastic writer whatever her anatomy), I have read her blog, Doug and it’s great, I just did recognize the name (tend to remember the blog name).

  10. April 13th, 2008 at 8:52 am      Reply alicemercer Says:

    Okay, here is a last minute addition that got caught in the otherwise wonderful Akismet spam filter:

    From Karen McComas:

    The week began at the end of a trip to Washington, DC, so I started tired and stressed and then things got worse. By Wednesday, I was in the middle of a major meltdown, a rare event for me these days, and careened through the rest of the week trying to regain my balance. When I interviewed for my doctoral program, one of the major sources of my stress, one of my professors asked me if I was prepared to make sacrifices. I was, I confidently told him. I just didn’t know that I would sacrifice my dignity with a semi-public meltdown. Fortunately, the meltdown is what I did, not who I am. I’m home now, for the weekend, enjoying the cocoon of my own house and my own routine. Breathing deeply, trying to relax.

  11. April 13th, 2008 at 6:59 pm      Reply alicemercer Says:

    And she adds this comment:

    LOL! That’s actually a great reference to my week – I was stuck last week in what felt like five days of spam

  12. April 14th, 2008 at 5:09 pm      Reply blk1 Says:

    Bravo Alice. Great job. I loved reading the details of lives this week.

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