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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Stories in the Press

There was a good article included in the Grand Haven Tribune today that I found quite interesting, especially for you teachers out there. Check it out, it's a good read, usually I just read the obituaries.

That's all I got for today, oh & here's a live video of Joni Mitchell singing one of my favorite songs...A Case of You.

Five Favorite Songs of the Day

Here at the Right Time-Josh Ritter, The Animal Years

This just may be the best album of the year, if you ask my opinion on the matter. At least for today, anyway. Other contenders would include Belle & Sebastian's The Life Pursuit, the Drive By Truckers A Blessing & a Curse, Bonnie Prince Billy's The Letting Go, Alejandro Escovedo's The Boxing Mirror, The Roots Game Theory & a handful of others I'm probably forgetting.

A Case of You-Joni Mitchell, Blue

Oh, Joni...what a genius. Do yourself a favor & pour a glass of wine & put on Joni Mitchell's Blue. If I had to make a list of my favorite albums, this one would be towards the top.

Idiot Wind-Bob Dylan, Hard Rain

The angriest song in the Dylan canon, every verse another knockout punch.

Ill Wind-Frank Sinatra, In the Wee Small Hours

I didn't plan this, honest. The sound is a bit different, but the intent is the same.

I'm Old Fashioned-John Coltrane, Blue Train

Happy Tuesday, friends...



Pam said...

The article was interesting. I'm formulating some thoughts on it. I agree that teachers need to be aware and sensitive to all the "uniquenesses" of their students. As a teacher of "unique" students I encourage my students to honestly share their "uniqueness" with their classmates because ultimately we are all different. The more we know about each other and our differences the more understanding and compassionate and confident we can become. I guess I would encourage the parents of the adopted student with the family tree assignment to use that as an opportunity to educate others about adoption in general and about their particular background.

Joyce said...

Having just finished round one of parent teacher conferences I may be overly sensitive to this issue of teacher training. My new position as sixth grade health educator took me out of the classroom four times in three weeks for "training." It hurt my teaching more than it helped because it's only a nine week class and those were valuable days when I needed to be teaching the curriculum, not making plans for someone else to teach what I was learning to teach. At any rate, a Mom said to me, "I see you had David last quarter, do you have his sister Rebecca this quarter? So, I'm thinking they're both sixth graders, so I ask, "Oh, are they twins?" She replied, "No, they're adopted." Another possibility would have been that one of them had been held back a grade. Mom didn't seem offended that I made a wrong guess. (This comment should be my blog for tonight.) Good idea, time to copy and paste. See my blog for the rest of the story.

Mary said...

I use to give this assignment and want you to know I always tailor made it for my students. As an advocate of adoption I thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate how unique and special they were to be selected

Dan Van said...


it should keep you bussy

andrew! said...

whoa! what's up, man? where you at? I guess I'll find out, soon...

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