Some days, as a teacher, you battle with kiddos trying to make them "learn" skills. And some days, you get to watch them be genuinely intrigued and slightly freaked because they just realized that they actually have to crawl into the earth.
Some days, as a teacher, you have to do lots of paperwork. And some days, you get to have a science lesson in a cave.
It was a good day.
She twirls in her dress.
Like all the other girls do.
She is everything.
Hope Outdoor Gallery is a fun place to wander around, even with a 3 year old. This is a place where anyone can express themselves and add to the ongoing mural. There are definitely some more impressive pieces while others are down right silly. It's kind of a shame when some people insist on tagging their name or Instagram feed on top of someone else's beautiful work, but c'est la vie.
Now is the time of year where I start to get excited about what's coming. Last year, I started the Harris Violin Project and was shocked by how much progress my little musicians made. They practiced together at home. They would watch videos on YouTube and come back the next day to share with everybody. I was so impressed and can't wait to see how they will surprise me next. So this year, I'd like to invite new kids and be able to have all the proper gear like music stands and such. Please check out my Donor's Choose fund raiser and donate if you can.
I interact with children of all ages on the daily basis. The thing about children is, they don't hate, naturally. Sure, they get angry, but I have never met a child that actually hated another. My classroom is filled with kids of many different skin tones, religious beliefs, and ideas. What amazes me about them is their willingness to be themselves even when they know someone will call them out. Kids are honest and many times, not afraid to let their voice be heard, even when they are challenged by not only language, but prominent belief systems. Even though children have a mindset that is strongly influenced by their family, they are still very open. Open to new people and new ideas.
The school I currently teach in is the most diverse school I've ever worked. In one classroom, a teacher might have 5 or more different languages being spoken; or not being spoken because sometimes a kid might be the only one in the whole school to speak that language. I am constantly amazed by our teacher's abilities to include everyone and to help spread the responsibility of taking care of each other. With everything that is going on right now, I'm seeing quite the opposite. I'm not seeing a responsibility to take care of each other. I'm seeing desperate attempts to defend highly offensive ideals and symbols. I'm seeing false information given by our FB friends "informing" us of their "concerns" for our country. Bless their hearts.
The school bus is a cool bus.
It's only fitting that we received a package of British goodies on Grandmother's Birthday.
“We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.”
― Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Sitagu Buddha Vihara
Thingyan (water festival) is the annual Burmese New Year.
April 18, 2015