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Sunday, February 22, 2009

days of happiness, day 5


I love drinking tea in the afternoon or early evening. It's relaxing and a welcome ritual. I love it so much that sometimes I serve (herbal) tea to my students. Today I was musing on the most recent time. In December, our class finished writing individual How To books and we had a writing celebration at the end. We all sat in a circle and everyone read aloud a small excerpt that was their favorite part, then we raised our cups of tea and gave a toast, "To writing!" then we had a reception. During the reception, children walked around sharing their books with each other and asking each other questions and drinking tea. Many of them found that the tea was not to their liking (I told them that was okay, not everything will be), but everyone tried it. It was truly amazing to watch how seriously they took our reception -- not serious as in stoic, but serious in terms of talking to each other, trying the tea, and being genuinely excited about our writing.

Our Poetry writing focus is winding down -- I can't wait to have our writing celebration for that!




This is (nearly) every class picture from my years of teaching. Earlier this year I thought that I might have misplaced some of them, but today I discovered that I have every one. It's exciting to have so many, and to remember such vivid things about each class when I look them over.

I would love to hang them all up, but I'm not sure the best way to do so. Any suggestions?

6 comments:

Nathalie said...

Yay! Tea! That reminds me - I need to send you some.

Also, as for hanging up your class pictures - How about photoclips? Not sure if that would fit your idea, but it certainly does look wonderful...

kirsten said...

Oooh, photoclips, those might work really well -- thank you for the suggestion. I was sort of stuck on the idea of framing and where I'd put everything, but that would make it a work of art in and of itself...

Jenn said...

*comes over for tea*

They're all so beautiful!!

kirsten said...

Jenn- I'm all for sharing tea, come on over! :)

masonhall said...

Ooh--what a GREAT idea to hang up all your class pictures! I think I have to see if I can find all mine now and copy your idea...let me know if you think of a good way to display them!

kirsten said...

Nathalie (above) recommended photo clips, which I may end up trying -- if I do, I'll let you know! :)