In the school where Ms. K taught, students would begin trickling into Room 103 a quarter of an hour before a school-wide bell rang to announce the start of the school day. In the classroom, the designated Bell Ringer rang a tiny hand bell on Ms. K’s desk exactly 10 minutes after the school-wide bell had rung. The little bell signaled that it was time for the students to be in … [Read more...] about Starting the Day
I came to Room 103, an elementary school classroom, for the first hour of the day, every day for the first few months of school. I watched as the teacher, Ms. K, gradually showed the children how to be students. I was interested in her thought-process and decision-making. I would arrive in the morning before the students and settle into a spot in the corner where I could … [Read more...] about Taking Notes in Room 103
Pick something that’s in front of you that’s not going to move in the next half hour. Draw it. Can’t draw? No problem, draw it anyway. Drawing is the process of looking at something and making marks on paper. That’s all that’s required of you. (The rest is just judgement.) After you have drawn the thing once, draw it again. And again. You can draw the whole thing, … [Read more...] about Get the Picture?
Turn your attention to your surroundings. Look around, listen, sniff. At the same time, allow the back of your mind to ruminate on what it means to do something right. First off, you are the only one who truly knows why you do what you do, so you are the only qualified judge of how well you do them. Sometimes, the very fact that you did something at all is evidence that … [Read more...] about Doing Things Right
The word ad-mire is made up of two parts. The “ad-“ part shows up in a lot of English words that have something to do with bringing two things together, such as admit, advance, and adhere. The “-mire” part comes from an ancient word that means “smile.” Therefore, something that you admire is something that brings you a smile. The feeling you get as that smile comes to you … [Read more...] about A is for Admire