Special ET: Peaceful Poetry

Today during our special ET session, you’ll have a choice of reading poetry or writing it. I’ll explain the details in person.

If you want to read poetry, get a partner, follow this link, and choose one of the groups of poetry to read/watch/listen to. You can respond to it how you like–you might want to draw a picture, or you might just want to choose things you liked–or didn’t like–to discuss with your partner.

If you want to write small peace poems, you can follow this link and find an image or idea that inspires you to write a small poem.

Reflective Letters for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Parent conferences are coming up and this is a great time to reflect on how things are going. On day 1 and day 2 (Friday and Monday), we’ll be surveying our missing work and drafting reflective letters to our parents. I’ll show you a presentation (linked here) which will outline the expectations.

I’m also uploading this information to Google Classroom. I’ll give you time to work, but with MAP testing and ET happening, you might find yourself spending some time at home, as well. First you’ll write a draft and hand it in. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday (days 3 and 4), you’ll meet with me about the draft and will upload the final copy to your blog!

Peace is the Delhi Metro

20130919-203952.jpg

Since we’re writing about what peace is to us today, here’s my contribution to that discussion: Peace is the Delhi Metro!

On the metro, I see are all kinds of people: young people, old people, short people, tall people– stand-up-straight people, lean-against-a wall people. On the metro, I can get most of the way to work with just 16 rupees. For 30 rupees, I can ride a train all the way from Huda City Center to Jahangirpuri. We all share the same space and we all get where we are going at the same time.

The metro is not perfect. But peace isn’t about perfection. It’s about learning how to share space with people from all walks of life. It’s about traveling together, not racing ahead. That’s why my crane and I don’t leave home without our Delhi Metro Smart cards.

 

Reading Conferences

This week for day 5 and 6 (Wednesday and Thursday), I’ll be conferring with you about your reading. I’ll check in on what you’ve been working on for the past 10 days, and I’ll ask you what reading strategies have you been using lately in your independent reading. If you would like a reminder about some of the strategies good readers do, you can check out this post.