Monday, April 27, 2015

Final Slice for April - Poetry & Trip Coming

           The Two Writing Teachers blogs hosts a community every Tuesday with a large group writing about their lives in beautifully creative ways! Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Beth and Anna, we keep going!

        Still writing haiku! 

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spring dusk -
bunnies appear for nibbles
birds murmur to bed

  Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

           Some of us are sharing on twitter with the hashtag #DigiPoetry, created by Margaret Simon, of Reflections on The TechePlease join us. Find the many Poetry Month offerings rounded up by Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  It's been a joy to write all of March, and now all of April. Writing every day is a habit I won't break, but posting every day maybe. 

created by Leigh Anne Eck

        As I wrote yesterday, I’m leaving next Tuesday for a 10 day trip with my students to the DC/Chesapeake Bay area, so will take a break from posting. We're doing half the trip in the city, all the tourist places, including being admitted to the White House! The other half will be in nature, studying the Chesapeake Bay habitat, experiencing creek snorkeling, kayaking and zip lines, just the beauty of nature!  I'll try to continue some writing, certainly do lots of field journaling which we (students and adults) all do.  



        In addition to the all-encompassing organization of such a trip, there is a beauty to watching young adolescents grow a little in so many ways, socially, emotionally, mentally and  physically. During the day we visit many places, experience many things, and while we do, we journal to capture those hours spent in new places. Students do this in small groups, touching base with us adults periodically. We allow them the freedom to grow, and trust that they will learn about many things, including about themselves. I'll have lots to tell after the trip!

See you in a few weeks! 

45 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful trip! We'll look forward to hearing all about your adventures in a few weeks. I love your haiku for today and the photo of the bunny. Birds murmur to bird - a lovely line!

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    1. Thank you, Ramona. I know it will be a good time.

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  2. Linda, your trip sounds so rewarding and fulfilling for the students. The extra bonus is that you watch them grow as they learn and share with each other. I love the idea that each student will have a field journal. At our state curriculum conference, we talked about the wonder of field work as opposed to field trips. Your field journal mimics that experience we learned about. Oh, before I forget, your haiku journey is so wonderful.

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    1. All the students at our school use a field journal, Carol, from the youngest up. We feel it is the underpinning of the skills of good observation. Thanks for enjoying my haiku.

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  3. Your trip sounds incredible! Where you are going, how you are doing it, and more!

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  4. I am so impressed you've kept up with posting this month!! I know this trip will be amazing. It's like a giant writing marathon!!! LOVE it! Hope you get to take some time to enjoy yourself too! Maybe meet a friend?!?! ;) LOL! Safe travels!

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    1. Yes, it will be nice to do something "extra", Michelle. Thanks, will be in touch!

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  5. I do not know how you do all you do! I am so impressed with your trip too....can't wait to hear about it from the eyes and ears of the teacher/leader!

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    1. Thanks, Anita. If I can just get packed!

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  6. Thanks for the lovely haiku and have safe & happy travels! Looking forward to hearing about it!

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  7. What a journey for all! These are the experiences that will remain in their hearts and minds for the rest of their lives. As for the bunny, not too happy to see it if that is your yard. Hope the nibbles are on weeds.

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    1. It is outside my yard, but they do come in too-nothing to prevent it. But they are out of my car, thank goodness. Thanks, Elsie.

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  8. I'm so excited for your students and you. The DC trip will be one to remember. Hoping you'll share ....I know you'll share. Enjoy!!

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    1. Thanks, Julieanne, yes, will share of course. I'm now ready to go, tired of waiting.

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  9. Amazing that you still found time to post a lovely haiku! I love seeing the squirrels, birds, and rabbits this time of year - full of energy and life. Have a WONDERFUL time on your trip, and we all look forward to hearing all about it!

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    1. Thanks, Holly. Writing the poems are like a little break just for me in the day.

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  10. Sounds like you have an incredible trip planned. Hope you and your students have an enjoyable time. I look forward to reading about your trip in future posts.

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    1. Thanks. It even looks as if it will be good weather.

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  11. Enjoy your trip. It sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to read about it on your return.

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    1. Thanks, Kay. I'm sure it will be good.

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  12. Wow so exciting Linda! What a wonderful experience for the students. Wish there were field trips Luke this when I was a kid. Safe travels.

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    1. I did get to go to Colorado with my Girl Scout troop, but no school trips until high school. Thanks, Lynn.

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  13. Your excitement is fantastic. I look forward to seeing your photos and drawings, and reading your impressions and discoveries.

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    1. Thanks Terje, will certainly share later.

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  14. Much better than taking some high stakes tests :) Have so much fun!

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    1. Thanks, will do. The students had a big report due today per a trip topic, then tomorrow presentations. They are being tested in different ways, don't you think?

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  15. Here's to bunnies and birds, Linda. And here's to a wonderful trip - looking forward to reading those slices about it!

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    1. Thanks, Tara. I will continue to write, just a little different kind & maybe some haiku too!

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  16. Field learning as it should be. "We allow them the freedom to grow, and trust that they will learn about many things, including about themselves." This kind of learning lasts a lifetime and surely cannot be tested.

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    1. I do agree, Margaret, & they'll each face tests unique to each. Thanks.

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  17. 10 days is an impressive amount for a school trip!
    The DC area is beautiful this time of year. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your White House trip!

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    1. We had to apply for the White House visit, & have waited for weeks to see if we were approved, & finally we were. I'll let everyone know how it is. I haven't been there in a very long time. Thanks Michele.

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  18. Welcome to DC! Yes, this is a great time to visit here! You will be so busy...know it will be an amazing trip. Safe travels! Maybe I will see you and your students walking by....

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    1. I always think the city trips are the most physically rigorous (unless we're climbing a mountain!). Maybe you will see us? 22 students, 5 adults, here we come! Thanks, Maureen.

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  19. DC! I love. Take care and be safe! I can't wait to see the writing!

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    1. Thanks, Kendra, we will be fine, but so, so busy. These trips are so full that we are bursting with new learning after we return.

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  20. Have a wonderful trip! Sounds like it will be a special trip for all.

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    1. Thanks Beverley. I think (hope) it will be.

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  21. What a lovely experience for all involved. I like that adults and students will all be journaling. It's good to take time to process all that you will be experiencing. Have a great time!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. Yes, we all do the field work/journaling. I bet you would like it, as creative as you are!

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  22. Have a wonderful time, Linda! I was lucky to be a chaperone on our school's trip to Washington, D.C. several years ago, and it was an incredible experience for everyone. I haven't enjoyed the nature of the Chesepeake, but that sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Can't wait to read all about this trip!

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    1. Thanks, glad to hear you had a good experience, too, Catherine!

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  23. 10 days is a long trip -- I hope you aren't too worn out by the end! We live in the D.C. area and looove visiting the touristy things. Hope you have a wonderful time!!

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