Tuesday, August 28, 2012
OIK Tuesday: Is 200 a big number or a small number?
But Day 2 of a new year of school is an Important Day, a day on which you find out if you taught those children anything memorable on the first day of school, a day on which you test your initial hypotheses about each child's style and substance, strengths and weaknesses. I had kind of a hairy first day yesterday (might have something to do with spending it in a classroom with a heat index of 90*), so I was really glad to find that, from their point of view, there were good reasons to come back today.
It's hard work, though: today I Overheard in Kindergarten the following exchange (at the end of a long and busy afternoon):
Arden: "Do we come to school again tomorrow?"
Me: "Yes, we have five days of school in a row this week."
Bertrand: "My big brother told me that school goes on forever!"
And Post 200 is nothing to sniff at either, I reckon--that makes practically forever! If I blog to record what's happening in the life of my mind and to stay in touch with a poetry-loving, kid-friendly community, then my usual two-posts-a-week is working. This is where I build the box, where I construct a container however many cubits long and wide I need, not according to anyone else's specifications. I use this box to contain my strings and chains and clouds of ideas that stretch and link and bounce and accumulate--kind of like the Large Hadron Collider, that 27-mile tunnel under Switzerland that the physicists use to crash particle beams together--only my LHC is seriously low-tech, a lot more like the Ark.
Thanks for coming on board!