I still get excited and a little nervous meeting my new fourth grade students. I love connecting with my them and having a positive role in their lives. That being said, there are some promises I try to make to my students but can never keep…
Just another day.
I’m running late. Drink coffee.
Chat with coworkers.
Ready for the day ahead.
Smiling, I greet my students
Leaves float on the air.
Isn’t it a lovely day?
The wind brings whispers.
Hide our tears from the students.
It will never be the same.
What is going on?
The confusion… confusion.
They know something’s wrong.
We don’t say a single word.
Pretend. Just another day.
- K. Renae P.
Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7. -Ben Huberman
Haiku: The Nurse
Determined through long hours
-K. Renae P.
Nursing is the one of the only jobs I really want to do but can’t. Blood, body fluids, fecal matter, and all sorts of other cooties? No thank you!
I’ve always said God puts a special person on a cloud, gently sends them down to Earth, and they become a Pre-K or kindergarten teacher. I feel the same way about nurses. It is a calling.
I’ve had a lot of experiences with hospitals throughout my life- visiting friends, family, students, and my own hospital stints. I don’t always remember the doctors, but I always remember the nurses. They are the ones who are there to answer our questions and keep us calm. They hold our hands and make us laugh. Nurses forgive us when we are ugly to them because we are worried about our loved ones. They are tough when we don’t want it but need it. They tell us everything will be fine, and then they do everything they can to make it true. They poke us, prod us, feed us, clean us, heal us, and save us. Nurses are often under appreciated and over worked, but they still do it. They do it for us; their patients.
I am thankful for those who go into the medical profession. I am especially thankful for good-hearted, hard-working nurses. I really appreciate the men and women who choose enter a career of patient care. I know I couldn’t do it.
The art of conversation. Birds do it, bees do it. Even small and large cities do it. That’s right. All sorts of things engage in conversation.
In the 1960’s, the city of Chicago decided to talk to Barcelona. With two commissions from Barcelona’s famous artistic sons, Chicago bragged to the world about her relationship with modernism and stature as a major city. In Daley Plaza, also known as Daley Center, you can find two large sculptures from the famous Catalans.
- Miro’s Chicago was originally called The Sun, the Moon and One Star.
- In June 2014 I had the honor to travel to Barcelona, Spain and participate in The Creativity Workshop as a part of an educator fellowship called Fund for Teachers. At the workshop our leaders, Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, talked to us about some great artists from Barcelona. They also told us that two artists, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, had famous sculptures in Chicago. As it turned out, I was traveling to Chicago the following month to participate in a week-long seminar hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- I was so excited to get a picture of the Miro when no one was around.
My fellowship to Barcelona was possible because of Fund for Teachers. If you are a teacher in the United States and you have an amazing idea for professional growth, please consider completing an application. Even if you aren’t funded, the writing opportunity and research is worth it.
Because you know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble.
Meghan Trainor’s popular song, All about That Bass, is an exquisitely written song about body pride. She compares her body to the big, booming sound of the bass as opposed to the lighter, thinner sound of the treble. This song is one of my guilty pleasures of Summer 2014. It’s such a fun pop song.
There is one thing I know for sure- This song is not a cover. Trainor, a singer-songwriter from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is the first person to record this song. Covering songs is a time honored tradition in music; so why am I still surprised to learn many of the songs I love were actually covers?