I have tried to keep relatively silent about school this year; first semester was difficult. But I just had to share the excitement in my yearbook class. I don't remember if I reported here or not, but somehow I consented to co-teach the year book class with the art teacher - neither one of us having any experience in yearbook whatsoever and with a staff of only three underclassmen who were equally inexperienced. It made for a stressful first few months of school. Fortunately I was able to negotiate a delay in the delivery of yearbooks until August, which meant that we had no deadlines first semester, This was indeed a blessing.
However the great news is.....we now are a staff of twelve students!! Many of these students are juniors and seniors - and two of them have actually worked on yearbook in the past. What a joy it is to arrive in class and see students working on assignments without having to be prodded or coaxed. I feel confident that we will meet our deadlines this year - and that the end product will be a quality one.
|photographs taken week of|
January 15-21, 2012
I have managed to take a photo every day this month except for one. While it would be easy for me to declare an early failure in the 365 project - I refuse to allow my perfectionism to rob me of fun in this journey. So I continue to keep on keeping on....
My photographs are absolutely nothing to write home about, but they do represent what I have experienced each day. And perhaps that is what the project is supposed to do for me this year: serve as a visual journal. And perhaps next year I can focus more on creative composition.
|Nicki was the topic of my|
travel writing essay this week
This week we had to write a travel essay that focused on just one particular incident. The goal was to write an essay that was between 500 and 800 words. I learned that my daily blog posts during that trip truly helped me to recall details that have dimmed over time. I also learned that I need to work on prioritizing details - as my "finished" essay was about 910 words. I am anxious to hear feedback, but ready for some constructive criticism to help me move forward in my writing endeavors.
Photo Idea Index by Jim Krause, and Exploring the Light by Rick Sammons. I also picked up a copy of How to Write a Sentence; and How to Read One by Stanley Fish. I can't remember where I saw this recommendation, but so far it is an enjoyable read - both as a writer and as a teacher of writing.
In Brit Lit we are beginning the study of Pride and Prejudice and while I have read this book at least five times, I am looking forward to re-reading this classic with the class. It has been a while since I have allowed myself to relax in Jane Austen's description of Regency England, and I look forward to reacquainting myself with long lost literary friends.
I hope that this week finds you well and warm. Our cold snap was apparently temporary, as we are now to have a series of fifty degree days. Hardly seems like winter this year, but I am not complaining.