Gratitude Rock

I chose my rock because it it both bumpy and smooth.  It feels good to rub your fingers over it.  I found it on the beach at Students Island in Mooselookmeguntic Lake in northern Maine.  It is one of my favorite places to camp.

When I look at my rock, I am grateful for an amazing group of students in 3E who are helping me cope with remote learning every day.  I am grateful for the sunrise and the bluing sky.  I am grateful for Maggie and Jim who are just beginning their day. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and explore new ideas.  I am grateful for the opportunity to try, to help and to do my best.  That and so much more…health and food and parents and families.  The world really is a magical place.

What are you grateful for today?

My First Listening Walk

This morning I sat at my desk to listen as the world started to wake up.  The crickets are loud beside my desk. They “plick-tik-pok”  and then “ruuu”.  Vehicles go by fast “shoooooooshing” cars, louder “ahhhhhhhhhrrrrring” pickup trucks and even louder delivery and logging trucks.  I don’t know how to write their sound.

But the sounds I am most grateful for here on this list are the furnace clicking on and the sound of heat moving through the baseboard and of the refrigerator starting up with a hummmmmm.

I am grateful for electricity that powers my house and keeps me warm and my food fresh.

Morning Gratitude

“Unk – haaaaaa.” The furnace clicks on.

“Pok, pop…tik.” The heat flows through the pipes.

“Ka-hmmmmmmmmm.” The refrigerator hums to life.

“…haaaat.”  The furnace is off for now.

“…mmmmot” The food is cool enough.

I am comfortable and warm.

Happy to have noticed

What is often invisible.


I am grateful for my family.  They are very special to me because they help me in everything I do.  My parents are my heroes.  There is no one I would be more proud to be like than may parents.  They have shown me how to be hardworking, thoughtful and kind.  My sister and my cousins, aunts and uncles are all there for me and me for them through thick and thin.  In a moment they are there to help!

Then there is the my own family of four.  It is amazing how that connects to even more families.  We have fun together and share memories.  We sing and play games and do puzzles and swim and boat and camp and relax together.  Those and the special times.  There are ordinary things too – cleaning the house and cooking my dinner and so many more.  My family fills me with joy and makes me feel at home.

Here are some of the Eaves’ cousins, aunts and uncles, and James.

Sharing A Little Happiness

Here are a few things I share with others to make them happy.

  1. I can give compliments.  That will be easy because I am so impressed by how hard everyone in 3E is working to learn and to stay happy and healthy.  YOU ALL ROCK!
  2. I can call my parents and sister on the phone to check up on them and let them know I care.  I can text my daughters too – for the same reason.
  3. I can share pictures of where I am working and learning. I can post comments on blogs so that people in our class know I am thankful for them.  This a picture of my yard this morning.


Here are a few things I have received recently from others that have made me happy.

  1. I gotten lots of pictures of our class.  It really makes me happy to see you when I can’t be with your.
  2. James gave me a picture.  He is learning to write letters and numbers.  I am excited to see what he is excited about learning.
  3. I have received some very kind compliments for students and their families.  They make getting through the remote learning time easier.
  4. Edward wrote an acrostic poem about everyone in our class and our class altogether.  That was awesome.

Here’s one for him –

Extremely creative

Determined to learn

Wonderfully thoughtful

Awesomely athletic

Reaches for the stars

Dedicated to his friends.


A friend is someone who likes you for you.  A friend listens and cares.  A friend is kind and trustworthy. A friend makes you happy.  A friend helps you when you need it.  Friends think about you even when you’re not around.  They know what will make you happy or sad, bothered or worried, and they do something about it.

This poem by Langston Hughes is one of my favorites.  It says a lot in a small, quiet way.

Poem by Langston Hughes

“I loved my friend.

He went away from me

There’s nothing more to say

The poem ends,

Soft as it began –

I loved my friend.”

My world is happier when I share it with friends.

Thinking and Learning

This Saturday I went to the STEM Summit at UNH.  I wasn’t sure I was excited about going.  I wasn’t convinced it was the best way for me to spend my weekend.  After all I had plans to make stew, invent our new science unit and what seems to be a thousand million books to read all around my desk.  But I went anyway and I’m so glad I did.

Hearing Marina Bers talking about her coding projects for very young children was inspiring.  We have Scratch on our iPads.  It will be fun to help kids explore it more and think of things they can do to animate more of the projects they make.  Here analogy was  to think of inventing ways for children to use technology as if they were playing on a playground rather than being placed in a play pen.  Clearly I need to spend more time with coding exercises.  Dr. Bers said it is important to think about coding as an essential literacy that needs to begin as early as possible because as early as 3rd and 4th grade stereotypes of who is and who isn’t a creator through technology are already established.

After the keynote I went to a workshop about integrating math and science through the GLOBE Program.  I learned different ideas for graphing weather and keeping the data over time so we can explore patterns more easily and come to understand how scientist are truly able to show Climate Change though the data.  I learned about many global data projects that we can participate in as well.  It will be exciting to develop projects that help us interact with data sets from across the world – and we’ll be dealing with the metric system in an authentic way.

Finally in the afternoon I worked with a small group of teachers from Dover and Merrimack to explore the Question Formulation Technique.  This is something I’ve been dabbling in for the last few years.  It was interesting to work with others and to realize that we had the same types of difficulties that kids in the classroom do as well.  I had not explored any of the resources at  The Right Question Institute  and I am looking forward to find how they will further my understanding of how questions can change the depth of learning.

If you know more about any of these topics and/or have resource suggestions, please let me know in a comment.  I’d appreciate them.


The Word Collector – Growth Mindset Questions

A1 I collect books, feathers, nests and interesting things I find in nature.

A2 Jerome could collect words like cool, courageous, and confident,  He could also collect possible, positive and purposeful.

A3 A good way to use words is to give compliments, share ideas and create together.  Being cooperative, and collaborative in ways that make where we are more peaceful and happy, are also good ways to use words.  Creating a great story is another one.

A4 I am people, self and word smart.  I do my best to help build a positive, happy, supportive classroom so we can all learn together.

A5 I am trying to give more compliments, listen more carefully and pick up at least five pieces of litter every day.  Hopefully that will make our world a little better.


Table set with a place for everyone – even if it’s super crowded.

Heat and warmth on cold fall days

Aunts, uncles and cousins who join together to celebrate

Nature that brings us nights and days to enjoy

Kids who come to school each day and promise to make the world a better place

Family and friends who add joy to my days

Understanding and thoughtfulness to help the world become a kinder place

Loving care to share with those who could use some help

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I feel grateful for all I have.  I’ve been lucky to have my family gather together on that day every year of my life.  Each year I’ve gathered with grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, sister, daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and cousins!  Lots of cousins – they are the best.

What do you think is the best part of Thanksgiving?

Bird or Beast – Summer Quick Write #1

If I could choose to be any animal, I would become a bird.  I  love the idea of flying free and gliding through the clouds.  Of all the birds, I would choose to be a hawk.  I love to watch them soaring and circling around in the hot air thermals.  They seem so strong and purposeful.  They seem invincible.  Of course I am sure that is not true, because every life is complicated with trials and challenges.  None-the-less, a hawk is what I would choose to be.

I imagine myself in bird form.  I would love to see all the different sight during my migration.  I would look for a nesting site that ways near a lake or marsh surrounded by mountains.  There I could rest with my family is peaceful solitude – catching a trout or a squirrel whenever we were hungry.  We would launch ourselves into the early morning sky to watch the sun rise as we planned our days activities…a trip to the ocean to see the waves crash on the shore while we collected a feast of mussels or perhaps a trip to the wide grassy field with the warm sun on our backs and the gorgeous wild flowers blanketing the ground below.