Letters to Tuvia Y2:Solo 2 (2-14-17) #sol17

Morning T,

  Count down to my second journey to the place you felt most at home and with your hand for 20 years you filled me with your Israel.

  From our balcony as the sun rose and set I froze many moments of feeling your history just inches away …

   This image is everywhere in my present. 

Everywhere … an anchor 

On this Valentine’s Day I’ll be flying close to you, wishing we were making my journey together… but yes, you are with me,



Bonnie S.

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#CelebrateLu: Summer – a new house and a new routine

Exciting👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻A wonderful new blo to follow. It will be filled with adventures and reflections🍷Yay!!!!

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#clmooc Make #1 Unmake an Introduction

Love this!!!!

Unorthodox but Effective

Playing and learning about connected learning this summer. I got a late start, but here is my first “make”.


I find it interesting that my word for 2015 was “identity” and I’ve had a number of opportunities to find my own–some ways more pleasant than others. Becoming is a complicated process.

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Who Benefits from Standardized Testing? Not Students.

Right to the piint

Diane Ravitch's blog

A reader posted this comment about the debate over testing:


The narrative of students as “product” does none of us activists any good, because truly it’s a reformer red herring–whether offensive or not–and it seems to me we should ditch it fast. Children are not the “products” in reformers efforts to change education. Children are the consumers. Reformers aren’t working to “improve” children, their brains, or their prospects. They’re working to SELL them stuff. If reformers cared about the quality of learning American children receive, standardized testing would be the last thing they’d subject them to, because it’s the last thing they subject their own children to. They know it’s a colossal waste of their own kids’ valuable learning time and it does nothing to help them or their teachers.

Reformers do care about whether–actually how many–children will form their latest target audience in the Race to the Top…

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Reaching for Creativity

Thanks Margaret for this rich slice about process and teaching design

Reflections on the Teche

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Poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.
–Audre Lord

PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.
― Emily Dickinson

oak light

My poetry light to my OLW:

Rise to the novelty
Eager for the rising
Arms stretched overhead
Calling for strength
Happy to hold the sunlight.

–Margaret Simon

If you missed DigiLit Sunday, I posted an Emaze presentation you can use with your students to make their own One Little Word resolutions. I presented this on Monday, and my students began working on their word webs and Canva designs. I wanted to share a few with you today.

one special word copy

Julie Johnson wrote about the importance of design. She wrote, “I think some would ask if it’s important to…

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A Gift a Day: December’s Photo-a-Day Challenge

Love this! I need the inspiration 😍

Thinking Through My Lens

While it often seems that December is all about shopping and buying, the spirit of the winter holidays is about giving.  I often think about photography as a gift to myself…it allows me to explore, to see the world anew, to get outside and interact with nature, time for reflection and relaxation, and more.  And I can also see that each image could also be a gift to others, an opportunity to enjoy a view through my lens.

There are so many gifts that are intangible, you simply can’t go to the store to buy them.  And yet, through a photograph you can get a glimpse of the possibilities.  I can think of many who would appreciate the gift of abundance.  I couldn’t resist this shot of the shelves at the Filippi’s Pizza Restaurant in Little Italy today.

abundanceAnd I know that I appreciated this gift of creativity from an…

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A Year of “Slice of Life” in the classroom.

A Year of "Slice of Life" in the classroom..

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Taking Action in 2014: January’s Photo-a-Day Challenge

Taking Action in 2014: January’s Photo-a-Day Challenge.

I’m in 🙂

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Home and Happy

Morning from Nyack,

I arrived home from Finland on Tuesday afternoon with a stop at the Suburban Diner for chicken soup. First night in Paramus but as Tuvia headed out to work the next morning I lugged my overweight bags into my waiting car and headed back to my place in the pouring  rain which was fine. By the time I stopped at my ShopRite for essentials to fill my refrigerator, there was a pause in the downpour. I couldn’t wait to plop down on my comfy couch and stay there for the whole day, another?  Before another rain burst I had my car unpacked in just two trips. I had my groceries put away and my luggage emptied with the usual piles of dirty clothes to make their way into the washer/dryer during the course of the day.  Maybe somethings didn’t need the wash and dry but how could it hurt.

Slowly, slowly,  everything was back in its place and my portable external hard drive with my freshly filmed interview videos landed a prime spot on the coffee table.  But my head was spinning, my eyes aching and I was officially feeling jet lag. Yes, I remembered it.

On  that first day home I did almost nothing beyond the clean up.   I passively caught up on mail, email, my favorite TV shows, and dozed and pretty much did exactly the same thing yesterday with a wake up at 3 and coffee at 3:30AM for the day.  On day 2 I couldn’t just veg. I caught up with Andrea, got a visit from Masas the super who came to check my balcony that was painted while I was gone and I did some planning for our upcoming HVWP SI Orientation on Saturday.  And finally,  I grabbed up that external hard drive calling to me and I opened it and started watching the teacher videos from Finland, creating a work flow on Final Cut and even though I was in the moment for all the conversations, it felt like I was hearing them for the first time.  It was exciting!  Of course I didn’t get through them all.  Just not enough focus quite yet and I took time to back them up on yet another hard drive and I took time to find some classroom photos for our documentary plan.

Another day of rain was welcomed to just love my couch and walk my apartment, my tree house over the Hudson.

Looks like today will be a perfect one to venture out into my NY/NJ world.  Back to the gym at 9:30, a conference call with our HVWP leadership team, maybe a chat with my buddy, Joseph, dinner tonight in Hoboken with Mihael, Mia, Ami and Adi.

It’s feeling good to be back home and slowly reflect on my adventures in Finland.

Good to hear the birds and feel like my winter pjs need to be replaced.  I’m home. 🙂


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Made with Love: Slice of Life Tuesday

Morning Slicers,

I’m just back from a wedding weekend and once my video was shown as the kick off to the event, I was breathing comfortably again.  So I’m going to share it here.  It’s close to 15 minutes and if you have a few minutes, I’d love to hear if it works for a universal audience.

Watch it all, skip around… all up to you.  No pressure.


I loved the process as usual,




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