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I played a video for them. They were sitting in their desks and standing in the back of the room and sitting on the floor in the front. It was a time lapse video of the northern lights. I played it to show them the wheeling stars and beauty of a cold winterscape and to […]

Waiting for a Poem

My grandfather was born in 1907, I told the kids. I was on the floor, and they were on pillows in a semicircle around me. I told them how in the summers we would camp in the woods in Michigan. How we had campfires in the evening. Imagine it, I said. There we were in […]

Choosing Mercer Mayer

“I’m ok,” he said, looking down at the books on the table. All the other kids had chosen their books and were sitting on the floor reading their chosen words and looking at their chosen pictures.  “Here,” I said. “What about Denise Fleming? Look at these colors!” “No, I’m ok.” “Don’t you want a book?” […]

Culture Day

There was Japan and Korea and Vietnam. There was England and Spain and France. There was Mexico and the USA. There were people dressed up in shiny dresses. There were tasty ethnic snacks. There was a guy playing folk songs on an acoustic guitar, and several classrooms down the hall there was another man playing […]