What Is Your Ideal?: Slice of Life #sol21 24/31

Today I’m borrowing an idea from A Time to Write. Thank you for the inspiration! My ideal dog is a pit bull. The concrete block head. The silly forehead wrinkles. The smushy cheeks. The soulful eyes. Even though we aren’t looking for a dog, I still like to admire the dogs at pit bull rescue…

Pandemic Hobbies: Slice of Life #sol21 23/31

I tried them too. I signed up for poetry writing and embroidery and zine-making classes over Zoom, and I wrote some poetry and embroidered a word and made 100 zines for a #100dayproject. But then I was on to the next thing–or rather, back to my usual things. Reading, writing in my notebook, walking, cat…

Inherited Bookshelf: Slice of Life #sol21 22/31

Maybe one reason my new classroom felt instantly like mine was because it has a bookshelf filled with books, left by the last twelfth-grade teacher. Technically, it has two bookshelves, but one was filled with classroom sets of The New Jim Crow and the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature. Although I am glad to have…

Book Spine Poetry: Slice of Life #sol21 20/31

Here’s the thing about book spine poetry: it’s impossible to create just one. Here’s the other thing about book spine poetry: it makes a big mess of your books. I now have half finished poems stacked all over my office! Oh, and one more thing about book spine poetry: cats are very curious about the…

Screenshots: Slice of Life #sol21 19/31

My iPhone is a more reliable tool for capturing and retracing my mind’s wanderings than my writer’s notebook. Images are my favorite form of note-taking. Screenshots capture my learning, wonders, curiosities, and commitments. I snap places I want to travel and poems I need to share with my students. I snap other teacher’s whiteboards, other…