It has been a good week. Although that is in large part due to the shortened work week due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I could definitely get used to teaching just two days a week!
I have tried to keep relatively silent about school this year; first semester was difficult. But I just had to share the excitement in my yearbook class. I don’t remember if I reported here or not, but somehow I consented to co-teach the year book class with the art teacher – neither one of us having any experience in yearbook whatsoever and with a staff of only three underclassmen who were equally inexperienced. It made for a stressful first few months of school. Fortunately I was able to negotiate a delay in the delivery of yearbooks until August, which meant that we had no deadlines first semester, This was indeed a blessing.
However the great news is…..we now are a staff of twelve students!! Many of these students are juniors and seniors – and two of them have actually worked on yearbook in the past. What a joy it is to arrive in class and see students working on assignments without having to be prodded or coaxed. I feel confident that we will meet our deadlines this year – and that the end product will be a quality one.
|photographs taken week of
January 15-21, 2012
I completed the Finding Your Eye online course this week and while I would love to register for the next session immediately, I am using great restraint. I have already registered for the Slice of Life project – which will begin on February 6th, and I think that is probably all I can handle this semester. I believe this new course will help me to truly find the beauty in everyday life – and I am very hopeful that I will continue to develop my eye for photography. Perhaps I will be able to take the subsequent Finding Your Eye course this summer.
I have managed to take a photo every day this month except for one. While it would be easy for me to declare an early failure in the 365 project – I refuse to allow my perfectionism to rob me of fun in this journey. So I continue to keep on keeping on….
My photographs are absolutely nothing to write home about, but they do represent what I have experienced each day. And perhaps that is what the project is supposed to do for me this year: serve as a visual journal. And perhaps next year I can focus more on creative composition.
|Nicki was the topic of my
travel writing essay this week
I am so far enjoying the travel writing class with Dave Fox. Last week we had to speed journal four different entries – and I chose to share two with the class. It is rather intimidating to put my writing out there for total strangers to critique, but I knew in order to get my money’s worth for the course, I would need to be willing to take a risk. I was pleasantly surprised that others enjoyed the writing, and I received some positive comments from the teacher as well. It definitely encouraged me to continue.
This week we had to write a travel essay that focused on just one particular incident. The goal was to write an essay that was between 500 and 800 words. I learned that my daily blog posts during that trip truly helped me to recall details that have dimmed over time. I also learned that I need to work on prioritizing details – as my “finished” essay was about 910 words. I am anxious to hear feedback, but ready for some constructive criticism to help me move forward in my writing endeavors.
Well, once again this has taken a backseat in my weekly activities. I am no further in the Harry Potter series (about page 50 of the first book), but I have skimmed some photography books, most notably Photo Idea Index by Jim Krause, and Exploring the Light by Rick Sammons. I also picked up a copy of How to Write a Sentence; and How to Read One by Stanley Fish. I can’t remember where I saw this recommendation, but so far it is an enjoyable read – both as a writer and as a teacher of writing.
In Brit Lit we are beginning the study of Pride and Prejudice and while I have read this book at least five times, I am looking forward to re-reading this classic with the class. It has been a while since I have allowed myself to relax in Jane Austen’s description of Regency England, and I look forward to reacquainting myself with long lost literary friends.
I hope that this week finds you well and warm. Our cold snap was apparently temporary, as we are now to have a series of fifty degree days. Hardly seems like winter this year, but I am not complaining.