Monday, July 7, 2008

Day in a Sentence

The release of Day in a Sentence writing activity is here! I owe a huge THANK YOU to all of the writers for their voice this week. There are several images that help tell the stories. I hope you will enjoy our collaborative spirit.

Kevin (image and podcast included) writes,
I'm feeling some Patriotic stirrings now that Bush is on the way out and change in our nation is inevitable.

David writes,
Slaving daily over a hot laptop, interspersed only by the demands of dog and family, looking forward to a chilled weekend without the heat.

Rglass says,
Few things worse than summer colds.

Michael writes about the Appleseed Writing Project Summer Institute Open House.
Yesterday, the open house brought together all elements of what we have been doing for a culminating event which we shared with those who might be interested and our own families. Now I am ready to move on with my writing and teaching.

Mary from AWP shares a concise image.
A day in the AWP is a blur of thought, insight, inquiry, and emotion, which eventually clarifies into something profound and equally useful.

AWPer, Gloria, is reminded about her previous blogging.
Technoseeds is new to me. I am happy I am starting to use it. I used to use a blog years ago but I stopped because I did not manage the blog well. Thank you, Barb, for teaching it to us.

AWPer, Judy, changes the Indiana Purdue University at /Fort Wayne acronym into a celebration for her colleagues.
IPFW, I Praise Fellow Writers.

AWPer, Jay, a middle school social studies teacher, writes about the ideas he has gained during the AWP summer institute.
As we prepare to bring our writers' institute to a conclusion I am amazed at how many ideas are coming together and influencing my thinking.

Allison writes thoughts about Appleseed Writing Project Summer Institute.
Read alouds, demos, logs, and creative writing have filled my days and my life with ideas of more effective ways to express myself.

Jacki writes about being a participant in the National Writing Project.
Participation in each day of the summer institute has given my voice volume and permission to be heard.

Marcel writes,
Relationships, silver and gold, were highlighted this week after I was chef on Monday morning.

Amalia shares her thoughts about managing time during the summer institute.
My day is going well! I started my morning with a nice two mile run, which I completed in 35 minutes. It was so relaxing and rewarding. The rewarding section has a lot to do my time. I was overjoyed with my time because lately I have not been running. It was also rewarding to encounter people who greeted me in such a friendly and encouraging manner. They all complemented my pace and made comments such as "Keep it up!" Besides my running, I am glad that I managed to be on time to my wonderful Appleseed Writing Process (class). Yesterday was very embarrassing to be late. I hope my day continues going well!

Jane Swanson (included image) reminds us,
While planning for a weekend of fun in the sun and the excitement of exploding fireworks, I paused to think about the families who have lost loved ones for our country and my privilege to enjoy the freedom for which their sons and daughters have died.

Dkzody writes about being an educator.
Even though I am living at a reduced pace, I still managed to get all my yearbook computers set up for the 2009 book.

Amy Kenyon writes about the 4th of July.
Tom Petty concert tonight, barbeque with family tomorrow, parade and fireworks on Friday - what a week!

Bill G writes,
Leaving behind the real world to see the world through new lenses as I travel from Pennsylvania, Canada, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia and back home to the real world. It makes a difference in your outlook on life and things. It recreates your social imagination.

Larry Ferlazzo’s big realization of the week:
I'm teaching English Language Learners during summer school in a room without a screen for the first time -- why did I never think before of projecting on a whiteboard so I, and students, could annotate projected text? It's so much easier than using a transparency.

Sara P-C (included photo) writes,
My favorite tenants in my tiny 4x4 foot garden (thank you Square Foot Gardening and my patient husband...) have to be the miniscule carrot plants, with their thin crab-grass first leaves, crowded into friendly cliques because I was a little overzealous with the post-seeding watering.

samccoy says,
Think of summer as a time for clearing the mind of all the great ideas we have during the school year, a cleansing experience.

Blogger In Middle-earth shares a verbal image with us.
Tall stony pillars in juxtaposition,
Wires in a matrix traversing the vision,
Sparrows perched affably cuddling each other,
Bobbing together,
Cocking their heads to cheer one another,
Scorning the weather.

Tracy found an image from a Brighton street artist named Lasko that she felt depicted her sentence. The direct link to the image is where you will see the original content posting.

This week, my first week of summer vacation, is lovely yet I find myself already thinking of next school year - I need to remember that I exist outside of teaching because I think that is the only way to put all of myself into my teaching.

Lilya shares her thoughts about motherhood (photo included).
Oh, the proud mother's heart beats faster as her darling little one plays his part at the concert as if it that was all he did!

Matthew writes about the 4th of July holiday.
Fireworks and hot dogs abound during week one of vacation.

Paul B writes,
Finally figured out who had the last piece of cake after downloading the pictures from the camera--darn kids.

Elona H writes,
This week I've been taking advantage of the cooler weather and spending my time getting caught up on my gardening.

Bk writes,

This week has been all digital for me. Well, not all, there was also the 4th of July to fold in and I hope I did justice to everything. Our SI begins tomorrow and my new DS log goes on display for the group to see. It was fun creating it for sure and now out to the public it goes.
Here's its link:

J. Hawk bought a hummingbird feeder last week and have lots of hummers feeding...but no pictures yet.
"Put it out, and they will come," I told Mr. Hawke when I put the hummingbird feeder in the Wal-Mart cart. And come they did!

The final sentence was created on the 4th of July by yours truly.
Weeded, trimmed, edged, mowed, exhausted, sore, and satisfied-all in a day's work.

I am happy to be a part of a collaborative community who can come together and create such a rich collection of perspectives.


Kevin said...

Great job, Barb.
I love the scattering of images with the words.

Blogger In Middle-earth said...

Kia ora Day in a Sentence Team!

This 4th July DIAS is certainly a varied one - lots of images too. Thanks to all for sharing.

Ka kite
from Middle-earth

TracyRosen said...

These are wonderful. So many days there are to be had!

samccoy said...

Fantastic work, Barb. I like the way you explained the setting for various DIAS. Thanks for an interesting posting for the 4th of July week.