Thursday, August 25, 2016

Poetry Friday

If I could gather the world's adults....especially educators, I assign The Element:How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson.

I am a Teacher Librarian of a certain age that just drove her eldest to their first year of University. After shedding a few tears, I listened to the final chapters of The Element on my drive home. I'm so glad my child chose the University they did. I know my darling will find their element there.

Near the end of his book, Sir Ken reads a  poem titled The Hundred Languages. Because it's a translation of Loris Malaguzzi's work, I am sure that it is more soulful in it's original language of Italian.

I want to foster all the languages of all my students....the ones I drive to university and the others I only know for a school year.

The Hundred Languages

No way. The hundred is there.
The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds
to invent
a hundred worlds
to dream.
(read the rest here)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Poetry Friday

When a Recipe becomes Poetry of Sorts

Have a ball with more Poetry Friday @

(c) Linda Mitchell

Monday, August 15, 2016

What Does a Middle School Teacher Librarian Read for fun in the Summer?

My Summer Reading List 2016

Burn, Baby Burn! By Meg Medina *

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

George by Alex Gino

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson *

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions to Adulthood by Lisa Damour *

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

Blue by Joyce Meyer Hostetter

The Dog Who Could Fly by Damien Lewis *

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon *

Relish by Lucy Knisley

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager *

Coal Town Jesus by Ron Koertge

Music Heard So Deeply: A Music Therapy Memoir by Betsey King (just started)

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson * (almost finished)

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose * (in deep…but not finished)

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein * (just started)

·         * Audio book

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Poetry Friday

Today is my birthday.

I only celebrate years when my age ends in
a five or a zero...which it doesn't so
no biggie.

On Monday I begin a sixth
year as a Teacher Librarian!

However, today
some birthday moments
have been crowded with to do lists....
authors coming to visit
presentations to present
orientation, books to get ready
lesson plans to prep
and Poetry Friday.... I don't have an idea to share!

My daughter overheard me
babbling to myself while
doing laundry,

"Mom, don't let yourself get
overwhelmed" !
Julieanne's Fabulous Blog

A loving cue to
go simple
go home.

My offering for Poetry Friday
is a photo I took of Black-eyed-Susans
just outside the door my church.
Greeters of souls
arriving to worship
our Creator.

This ramble of wildflowers
frames words of Liz Gilbert
so well....the words describe
the me I was born to be.

And, they lend perfectly to
Carol Varsalona's Summerscape Challenge

I hope I can hold on
to the wisdom of the words
and wildflowers
for another year.
Next birthday is a
"zero" year.