Skywatch Friday: Midterms, Mornings...
The long-and-fast of January has my head spinning right now. The snow, the ice, the dark, the days off, the midterm exams, and then that sharp corner that turns us towards Presidents' Day. I have not looked up from student work all week, and it's been a great week. (I would love for all the people who know what's wrong with America to come to work with me for a few days. There is plenty of solid reason for hope from where I sit.)
Our freshman English midterm asks students to identify a common theme between a work of art and a poem. The poems span the ages and covers a range of artists from Shakespeare to Blake to Dylan Thomas to Tupac. Our kids can do it. They see adventure, hope, danger, love, disappointment, and hope again in these works of literary and visual art, and they can say what, how, and why.
I haven't looked up from student work, and it's been a good week.