Lately teaching has resembled wrestling with alligators more so than breaking baby horses. According to my Worst-Case Survival Handbook I am supposed to cover their eyes to make them more sedate. I can tell you right now that tip just plain won’t work on little alligators that have been kept in a pen for the last 6 months. Nope, that won’t work at all. To get inside the mind of an alligator you have to BECOME an alligator yourself. Yesterday I opened my great alligator jaws wide and hissed. All of the baby alligators’ eyes grew wide with fear. “Get out your Math Journals!” I commanded. Everyone scrambled to their desks and the search was on.
Then Emmanuel had to go and ruin the mama alligator routine I had going. As I was surveying the murky depths of the classroom looking for signs of disobediance Emmanuel crept up behind me and tapped me on the back. I whirled around prepared to hiss again. “Do you have a flashlight?” he asks me in a squeaky voice, “It will be easier to see inside my desk” Great peals of laughter slipped out of my reptilian throat and boomed across the room. Nothing in my Survival Handbook says to laugh in the face of chaos, but sometimes when you do it you feel a lot better.
Getting this in the mail from E.B. also made me feel better.
Pages from an old fretwork catalogue dated 1875 Oh boy! A new source of stencils to cut.
Aren’t these pretty?
I don’t think I’ve sufficiently showed off my favorite new tool in my visual journal arsenal. These labels sent to me by Roben-Marie have endless uses. I need an Ironwoman like this to train me for the staircases in the Amalfi Coast.
Where is my sister getting these cool envelopes?
And another…this from a couple of pages that will appear in Journal Revolution.
Okay Muchachos, that’s all she wrote for now. I’m off to Target to find a teeny tiny suitcase for Oregon and Italy. I’m taking traveling light to whole new heights.
Wait. I almost forgot to share the splendors of this blog I’ve recently discovered. COBALTIKA has some visual imagery that will knock your socks off.
AFter you poke around there, head over here to ALL OVER PRINT Get out your smelling salts. You’ll need to be revived after that trip. That is one seriously B E A U T I F U L blog.