in the little classroom in chinatown we've been creating pop-art (roy lichtenstein) inspired self-portraits.
making all the dots is sort of mesmerizing.
in the reading department, i finished reading HOLES and started on the lemony snicket series of unfortunate events. my count olaf voice is stage worthy if i do say so myself.
do you remember mumu? i wrote about her HERE. now that i have an iphone, school pics are about a thousand times easier.
i asked her if i could take her picture this morning.
"yes, yes, yes!" she happily consented. then asked if i could bring her 3 copies tomorrow. one for her, her son, and daughter.
anything for you mumu.
her presence is undervalued at the school. children need more mumus in their lives and less punitive rule-obsessed people. i will miss her when i go, but i won't forget her goodness. her loving demeanor.
maybe you heard about THIS fantastic teacher recently in the news...? She had her 3rd graders answer this question, "I wish my teacher knew..." oh the answers are so poignant.
the simplest ideas are always the most powerful. i'm inspired to have my students do the same!
i'll miss my chinatown kiddos. maybe more than any other group in my teaching career. they are a rowdy group of feelers & thinkers. an equal mix of introverts and extroverts. very unusual. i have to keep the extroverts in constant check to make sure they aren't running roughshod over the quiet ones.
more art from various projects around the room...
my favorite is the black dragon monster bird.
the halls of this school are always filled with beautiful displays of student work.
i am endlessly entertained by the writing of my group. When I read through their papers, I'm always hardy-har-harring.
Teachers: If you want to do the Roy Lichtenstein self-portrait lesson in your class, there's so much material online. a quick search will reveal so much. you'll find pdf's, power points, lesson plans and videos - THIS one is excellent.
waving to you all from my hilltop hidey-hole up here in northeastern los angeles.