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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Ordinary

Write a blog post inspired by the word:
ordinary

It was suppose to be 
an ordinary flight. 
One we've done
a million times before.
You board a plane,
take a flight.
Easy peasy.

But not so easy this time.

The flight took off,
on time.
It seemed to be going smoothly.
When suddenly,
the captain announced
we were going for an emergency landing.

Two hours later,
sitting on a grounded plane
we get ushered into a
"more comfortable room".

Another plane is on it's way,
we are all assured.

Four hours later,
a plane arrives.
Finally.
Everyone is re-issued a boarding pass
and is told transfers have also
been issued.

Thinking all is ok,
we re-board.
Happy that we are all safe.

But the connections were not made,
so the ordinary trip
is a little more confusing.

But in the end,
we made it home.
Safe and sound.

An ordinary flight it was not,
but it did inspire this week's
post.



Friday, August 15, 2014

High Five for Friday

It has been 
AGES
since I last participated.
It's high time I return.
I always loved this meme.
I wonder why I stopped?

Well it's Friday
and that means
High Five for Friday!
Here are some of this last week's highlights.


1) Salted Caramel Ice Cream

I love ice cream.
And salted caramel.
Woohoo!

2) School mates

I grew up in Ottawa
and had some great mates.
This trip home,
we were invited to dinner
with a bunch of them.
Was fantastic!

3) Mates from Dar

I met Cam in Dar.
Her oldest and Ethan are the same age.
They've moved back to Ottawa,
so this trip,
we got to hang out!

4) Girl's Night

Every summer,
I'm with Ethan,
it makes it difficult to enjoy a movie.
But, 
every year,
a few of my cousins'
arrange a girl's night.
We hit a movie, 
and Ethan gets a boys' night.

4) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Ethan and I read the book this summer.
I promised him
when we finished the book
we'd do a movie night.
Complete with pizza, popcorn 
and ice cream!

How has your week been?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Cupcakes

Write a blog post inspired by the word: cupcakes

Cupcakes
Sweet and tasty
For all occasions
For all your desires.
Forget the cake!
Go for a cupcake!

Something for everyone.
What's your favourite?
Chocolate, vanilla,
red velvet?
Pumpkin, banana,
or carrot?
Coffee, caramel, 
or peanut butter?

With so many choice
how can you not get excited?

Icing, ganache
and sprinkles.
Top it off anyway you want.

Cupcakes!
Think I may need one now too. 








Monday, August 11, 2014

The Giver - Lois Lowry

I am not entirely sure,
how it is possible,
that I have never read
The Giver.

I'm serious.

Isn't this book on like
every middle school reading list?

And yet,
I never read it.
I don't believe I was ever interested
in reading it either.

But then the last couple weeks,
I keep seeing a preview
for the movie.
(Yeah, it's a movie now)
And it looks pretty good.
But since books are always better,
I had to read it.

And I'm glad!

I really enjoyed this. 
I'm even ok with the
what-happened-to-them
ending.

And now, 
I look forward to the movie.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop - Patrick Allen

A lot of what I've been reading recently
is about reading.
I've noticed the last few books 
I've read
talk about getting students to choose
their own reading materials. 
In Zambia,
I met a teacher 
that did not have reading groups
but instead conferred with her students.
Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop
follows this premise.

Allen shares his experiences
as he improved his ability to conference
one-on-one with his students.
He spends some time explaining his purpose
or philosophy for conferring. 
He provides examples and strategies. 
What I really loved,
was how he related a lot of his thinking
to developing students' metacognition. 

The strategies and routines he sets up
help students become better
readers, writers and thinkers.

Now, 
the challenge lies,
in getting schools and teachers to see the benefit
in conferences over the 
group sessions where students
are not reading for themselves.




The Theatre Calls

Anyone who knows Ethan,
knows he's not very athletic.
He has Development Coordination Disorder.
Basically, 
he has poor motor skills. 
He enjoys playing football (soccer)
but knows he's not very good
as he tends to skip
instead of run
and is starting to notice
this.
I often worry about his confidence.

This summer,
Ethan attended a theatre camp
at the Living Arts Centre
in Mississauga.

In the last two weeks,
I've seen my son grow
more than I have in the last 8 years.
He is confident and proud.
He sings, dances and acts. 
His lack of coordination doesn't seem to
matter here.

Everyone made him feel welcomed.
They complimented his dancing
and acting skills.
They loved his enthusiasm.
He would practice his songs
and lines each night.
And on the day of the show,
he was fantastic!









Thank you Living Arts Centre for a
fantastic summer camp!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Summertime

List 6 things you are going to miss about summer.

Ethan and I head back home
next weekend.
I can't believe our vacation
is almost over.
We've had a great
summer vacation. 
Summers home are fabulous.
There's so much to see and do.
So here are some things
we will miss about this summer.

1) Going to baseball games

With Scott home this year
we were able to go to a 
couple of games.
And while we hoped to go to more
with us leaving, 
we're done for this summer.

2) Seeing this girl


She lives here.
We don't.
So summer coming to an end
means it will be another year
before we see her again.

3) BBQ with the family

Again,
since we don't live here,
we cherish the BBQ
with cousins.

4) Going to museums


We've gone to a few this summer
and had a great time
at each one.

5) The Nisbets


It's not often
we get the three generations
together.

6) Being a tourist in your hometown


We went for a boat ride.
Something I probably wouldn't normally do.
But being a tourist 
is a lot of fun.

We've had a fantastic vacation this year.
And while we're sad to go,
it that time of the year,
we need to head back home.
And start planning next year's
vacation!!