Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Moon Sign

Moon Sign

I crawl into bed
Lonely and alone
And as I roll over
And look out the window
I notice the full moon
Smiling at me
No
Laughing with me
The face was jovial
And happy
And shining bright
Rays reaching down
Stretching across the lake
Shimmering along the way
Climbing up into my bedroom window
To bring a soft smile of joy
To remind me of my blessings
To make me happy
And less lonely.

A sign.




Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for sponsoring a page to practice my writing craft and to be supported in a writing community.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summertime Joys: A Verb Poem

Summertime Joys

Playing
Waiting
Grilling
Swimming
Splashing
Gathering
Snacking
Floating
Reading
Gazing
Pausing
Chatting
Boating
ENJOYING!

These are the verbs that are very much a part of my summer of 2016 thus far.
How delightfully blessed I am!



What verbs would you add?



I am participating in the Tuesday Slice of Life writing community.  Thank you Two Writing Teachers for providing me with a community of writers to guide my writing journey.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How I Learn

I just completed taking an online course.  I decided to enroll because a few of my co-workers were also taking the class and I thought it would be a great way to collaborate and learn together with peers. The class was structured such that you could work and learn at your own pace and submit assignments when you wanted.  There were no deadlines except that all work had to be completed by the end date of August 15.  I figured that despite the work at your own pace schedule I would inevitably bump into a co-worker online at some point and would be able to engage in good collaborative discussion and thus challenge each other to deeper learning.
That did not happen. I was given the book to read, the assignments to complete, and a place to upload my responses.  The facilitator responded in timely fashion and asked leading questions for me to ponder. I reflected and learned and pondered, but I missed the opportunity to collaborate and stretch. Don’t get me wrong, I had to think hard, and I did come away with new thoughts, but without the input of others I judged that I didn't stretch as much as I could have. Some of my responses were rehashing of old ideas. Sometimes I settled for ok because I knew no one I knew was reading my answer. Bottom line, I settled!
So what did I learn?  Beside a few tidbits about reading and comprehension, I discovered that I am a social learner.  I need others to guide me and to help me grow.  I can not learn on my own, with just one person’s thoughts.  I need to surround myself with others who value collaborative thinking and who will challenge me to think in new and better ways.  I discovered that I learn best when collaboratively forming knowledge and new thoughts.
Hmmm… I wonder if our children need that too?

How do you learn?  




I am attempting to keep up with my writing and joining in the Slice of Life community each Tuesday. Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for creating the space for emergent writers such as myself.