* Just sayin’

I have been working my patooties off, in case you’re wondering where Teachezwell has been.  What a great time, though!

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My sweetest teaching widower gave me such a precious Valentine card today, despite being traditionally averse to a holiday created to sell cards!  And he was nearly showing off his patooties!  He had an x-ray of his knee and while talking to the radiologist in the hallway, realized his special x-ray pants had fallen to the floor!

I’m taking three online classes simultaneously and loving them, even as I lag two weeks behind the group.  I mostly only panic in the early hours of the morning.

Today was special because a certain kiddo I teach had a PLAYDATE!  His first ever! Eleven years old, confined to an ICU-type environment.  A dear friend introduced us to a dear family and he has friends!  He laughed and played for hours.

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Do I care that I am also YEARS behind with Facebook?  Would this notification entice you or scare your patooties off?

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I am too happy to worry about FB.  They cannot scare me OR my patooties.

* Pansy purple

Color your World: Purple Heart

Pansies have long been one of my favorite flowers.  Of course, we can’t have any within deer snacking range, which includes our porch.  But I love their little purple heart-shaped faces and usually take the time to chat when we meet.  They are excellent listeners and once they’re comfortable with you, pansies will tell you amazing secrets.  I’m not going to violate their confidence about that; suffice to say they have a keen eye on the world around them.

 

purple pizazz pansy

* A rose by any other name

Color Your World: Razzle Dazzle Rose

These razzle-dazzle “roses” caught my eye as they shone amidst the weeds and debris.  I have no idea what kind of flower they are, but these fallen petals brightened an otherwise drab patch.  I hope to do the same.

a rose by any other name

 

* Bittersweet

Color Your World: Bittersweet

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Birthdays can be bittersweet experiences for kids at school unless there are clear guidelines to keep celebrations equitable.  And even with those guidelines, some populations (wealthy, privileged) have a clear advantage.  I have seen improvements over the years.  It used to be that the “entitled” families provided a sugar feast for the class, along with balloons and performers.  Many classes still celebrate monthly, but I’m not sure that school is the place for birthday events.  Those poor souls born during summer months never quite make the birthday cut.

There are many other appropriate reasons to recognize students at school, such as effort, perseverance, initiative, and kindness.  

* Science Wiz: Inventions

Looking for the perfect gift for kiddos who enjoy science and gadgets that spin and whir?  Want to jumpstart your young inventor?  Penny Norman’s Science Wiz kit, Inventions, is sure to please.  This kit is a highly acclaimed book-manual-kit for kids 8 and up, although young hands will need a bit of support from adults.

What makes this kit so special?  It has fabulous illustrations to support the creation of devices from simple to complex, helps kids understand why and how these inventions work, and is loaded with everything you need to complete the projects (except for one D battery).

I used this kit with a budding, special needs inventor and we completed all the inventions, including a working radio.  OK, the radio only picked up static, but that was pretty impressive for a paper towel tube and a myriad of wires.

radio

As I’ve mentioned before, providing opportunities to excel in science can add social credit to kids who are on the fringes of a classroom.  Taking a radio like this to school would likely be fascinating to peers (and teachers!).

 

* Outer space

Color Your World: Outer Space

This was a cool exhibit on thermal imaging at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  I am holding a camera at the left of the screen, my outer space image being mirrored.  Or is that an alien??

 

outer space museum

* Color blindness

Color Your World: Blue Violet

Seriously?  I cannot find anything blue violet, so these will have to do.  Purple flowers, blah blah blah.  I did teach a colorblind student once and maybe it’s contagious.  With a germination period of about 15 years.  Neither that kiddo nor his parents said a word about it.  Only when we were color-coding parts of speech did I realize that he could not distinguish between red, green, and blue.  Many more years ago, we also had a colorblind friend whose job on a train was to spot the green or red light in time to tell the engineer whether the track was clear!  If he didn’t see the lights actually change, he had no idea.  I told him he should quit.  Fortunately, he lost his job for some other reason.  Yikes.

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* What’s for sale?

Color Your World: Purple Pizzazz

I admit that my idea of purple pizzazz may not be anyone else’s.  This is one of those tricky colors, but I figure the owners of this store know pizzazz when they see it.  After all, they caught my eye!

purple pizzazz sale