SOL23 And I am telling you… #30

And I am telling you, I'm not finished
this is my presentation as it is,
there's not going to be another one.
I don't see much else happening
before it's time.

And I am telling you, I'm not too stressed
workshop on avoiding burnout
let's please chill and chill and chill
I've got slides as prompts
to help us through.

We're part of the same fate,
we're part of the same field.
PE teachers overwork like others
let's talk about how to fix that
let's walk and talk as we do.

And I am telling you, we're just getting started
We're in process, incomplete
we keep going and trying
striving and striving

Let's learn how to chill out
rest, recover, and give grace
one workshop won't change the world
But let's pretend it might
for just a day.

*Inspired by this rendition of I Am Telling You by Sarah Ikumu at 15!

SOL 23 Random travel thoughts #29

Why do we say laundry list? When have you ever needed a list to do laundry?

Has anyone done research on the variety of airport bathroom stall door handles? Surely there’s a design sub-specialty for this. There’s such a range and I have yet to encounter one I would designate as “perfect.” Smooth, cylindrical stubs with a surprise indent ain’t it, in any case. A dial type closing that one turns with a clear pointer, on the other hand, is doing good work.

The purchase of cold al dente pasta in an equally cold tomato sauce with 4 lovelessly deposited balls of mozzarella and maybe 5 tiny cherry tomatoes sliced in half, represents an odd lack of discernment on my part; a mistake which will never be repeated.

Ingesting mediocre chocolate on the terrace of my hotel room, received on the plane while disembarking. I feel like a kid eating a treat prematurely.

Viennese German and Frankfurt German are not the same German.

A hotel room is a good place to hide. Grateful my view includes lots of trees and ivy covered homes.

SOL 23 Whew, almost missed a day #28

That’s the slice.

JK. Seriously. It’s past 9pm, I’m tired, I need to pack for my trip tomorrow, I got busy working on my talk and have yet to decide on the workshop format that happens on Thursday. Like goodness, I have too much going on! Plus my sub plans and the teen has a sore throat. Too late to do more laundry and everything I need has to fit in a carry on. I am tactically underprepared for the next five days and I’m going anyway. The talk comes to about 45 minutes and includes about 4 chances for folks to turn and talk. That’s good. I’m sure it will work out differently in practice but it’ll be fine. I need sleep and a hot shower in reverse order. I need calming music and a day of rest which is not forthcoming. Music I should be able to manage. Anyway, finish the sub plan, put some clothes in the bag, rethink those choices in the morning, see how the teen is feeling, drink some water, have the shower, go to bed.

SOL 23 On this day #27

Last year on this date I composed spine poems.

Two years ago I had recently moved and was tired of boxes.

Three years ago we were a couple of weeks into distance learning and I shared some thought on our placeholder curriculum.

Four years ago I wrote a prose poem about being “on.”

Five years ago I was nearing the end of my first SOL Challenge month and I found time to sit and breathe.

Looking back I see that I have walked this road before but never exactly the same way, in the same shoes or at the same pace. I have learned, in any case, to keep walking.

SOL 23 Yellow Car Spring #26

It's spring
my car is yellow 
and freshly washed.

It's yellow
and my spring car
is freshly washed.

It's washed
my spring yellow
car freshly is


Ethical nonsense, blooming responsibility, budding forensics, aloof quesadillas, guarded eggplant, comparable lovebirds, alien misfits, corporal leisure, abominable pantsuit, losing sorry, caterpillar pickles, aggrieved lunchbreak, hosting alpacas, removal assignment, fragmented compost, foreboding aesthetic, ridiculous mirage, senseless compilation, stop.

SOL 23 Disappointing pears #25

Disappointing pears. I almost wrote disappointing pairs which is not what I meant but maybe Freud is here causing me to slip.
Sweet juicy snackable grapes. 
Potato soup with a longer name that includes zucchini, cucumber and mint. Add caramelized onions and why is zucchini so hard to spell?
Goat cheese spread on dark rye bread with cucumber slices and a dash of salt. Looks healthier than I think it actually is.
A tour through today's kitchen exploits
leaves little to the imagination. 
I suppose I just shouldn't expect too much of pears these days.

SOL 23 Parade of Flags #24

Watched my very tall, athletic male colleague usher flag-bearing children into our UN day assembly.

Argentina, Armenia, Austria! Hold it up high, that’s it. Very good! You can go.

Germany, Georgia, Great Britain! Don’t be nervous. I love what you’re wearing! Come on, that’s it, big smile!

Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro! Excellent, you look beautiful! Careful, remember to walk straight out to the middle.

Ukraine, United States, Uruguay! Nice! I love your hat! There you go, now you’re ready. Beautiful!

SOL 23 Today, yesterday, tomorrow #22

Today is the first day that I opened this page and had no idea what to write.

Yesterday was one of the best in-house PD days because my colleague and I took a walk, sat in the sun and talked at length about how we could shift our approach to teaching upper elementary.

Tomorrow the elementary school is celebrating UN Day. We start with an assembly that includes a parade of flags, students in their national dress or colors, a few speakers and some nice songs.

One week ago I was giddy with delight in seeing my dear friend in person for the second time this year!

Next week at this time I’ll be in Frankfurt most likely fretting over my keynote scheduled for Saturday.

A month ago I was deep in the process of finalizing a house purchase with my oldest son. Seems hard to believe now.

By next month I think I’ll know if I’ve been accepted into a summer writing workshop.

SOL 23 Poet in the house #22

He tells me his forearms are voluptuous and means it.
He shares his pastiche with me (a what?) and asks me to check for juxtaposition, duality and sensory images
Green colorful, colorful green is revised to vibrant green
which connects to greenery that appears four or five lines down
it's when he reads aloud the words he's composed
that I hear the poet in the house.

He tells me, though, not
every poem's a banger
Even here the gift shines

SOL 23 PE Teacher’s Bingo Card #21

Find a space.Balls in.It’s time to stretch.That’s being a learning booster.Please show me.
Find a partner.Please sit down by the board.Time for strengthening.Friends, …What do you need to say?
Find a new partner.Thank you.Go! (No free space)No.Is that helpful?
Freeze.Not today.Sit down right where you are.We ran out of time.We’re leaving!
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – zeroLet’s see.Listen.Let’s line up.Make sure you have all your things.