Monthly Archives: November 2008

In the Grand “Schema” of Things

My sister and I can read each other’s minds. Really. On Thanksgiving the table was set, the turkey was in the oven, the flowers were in place, and the doorbell was about to ring. I dialed her number in Mexico, … Continue reading

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Jump Right In!

I learned how to “jump in” as a third grader and wondered if my own third graders would thrill to the jump-snap rhythm of shared competence. First, I needed a jump rope. You know the kind: one that is actually … Continue reading

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Bluegrass and the Briar Patch

I have a secret: I love bluegrass music. People who know this about me think this must come from my West Virginia roots. The truth is I was exposed to every kind of music except bluegrass by the musicians on … Continue reading

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Yes, Definitely!

Do you remember the Magic Eight Ball toy? I think those are still around. You ask the ball a question and then shake it–shake, shake, shake. An answer appears in a tiny triangular window. I remember asking the Eight Ball … Continue reading

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Red, White, and Blue

I can breathe again. My son left Iraq early this morning, This summer (thanks to the Fox PTA) I attended the July Writing Institute at Columbia Teachers College. This program is the root of the reading/writing workshop you see in … Continue reading

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