When we look at something, we see what we want to see, and that becomes our reality. But in order to really see what we are looking at - that is, to experience it fully - we have to take into account not just what is in our field of view, but the context of … Continue reading Look Beyond What You Think You See
I'm sure all of my students are aware by now that last Monday marked the end of digital learning at FSMS. To be perfectly clear, there is no lesson for today, nor will there be one for next Monday. The time is yours to catch up on any missing work. You must have all assignments … Continue reading Nothing Gets Done Without the Last Minute
Analyze a WHAT?! Agonizing over paragraph structure? Finding nothing worth smiling about regarding similies? Worrying that you won't sound like you know what you're talking about? Counting the words and writing line totals in the margins? Don't worry about poetry analysis - SLAM it! SLAM, in this case, isn't like a poetry slam. A poetry … Continue reading Don’t Analyze a Poem – SLAM IT!
As you continue to work on your original poem (see last week's assignment) and prepare to video the presentation, take time to really think about what you want your work to say, how you want it to make your reader feel, and what impressions you want to leave your reader with. Hopefully, you haven't rushed … Continue reading What Makes a Poem Good?
To say that this time of quarantine is an inconvenience is an understatement. Many of the businesses we want to visit, such as hair salons, movie theaters, restaurants are closed to us, making us feel shut out from a normal existence. Add to that the fact that even schools are closed, and we become more … Continue reading To Continue Along the Path
The cool thing about a classroom environment is its spontaneity. If you have a question, you ask it and get an answer. A classmate can ask you a question, another can answer, and this may spark a discussion that maybe wasn't planned but from which everyone benefits. Good times, good times. Unfortunately, real classrooms have … Continue reading Digital Learning & Communication
Seems like the guitarist for the Grateful Dead had some words of wisdom for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving.
You can’t fail if you never quit.
Graduates don’t know it all. This post what they still have to learn.
In case you were absent today, or if you just want to watch it again, here's the link to Dr. Rick Rigsby's commencement address to the California State University Maritime Academy. Listen as he relates the wisdom of his father, who despite having dropped out of school in the third grade, taught himself how to … Continue reading Wisdom From a Third Grade Dropout