* 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.  

* 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

* Black

Color Your World: Black

If only.  If only seminars and politically correct talk and the best intentions could change hearts.  Not that intentions and hope aren’t important, but test scores and graduation rates are still racially predictable across this country.  As are incarcerations and segregated neighborhoods and white privilege.  But, on a brighter note, I still know that teachers can make a difference.  We can do our best for ALL kids.  Don’t be “colorblind!”  We can delight in the brilliant colors of all our kiddos.

black costume

 

* Banana mania

Color Your World: Banana Mania

I think I’ve shared some version of this Spirit Day before.  We were participating in Camp Wonderopolis’ mega-construction mania.  What fun!  Except that the plastic banana mania hats created a mini-sauna and were bearable for about 2 minutes.

banana mania YM