I watched the moon rise the other day, my phone couldn’t capture it’s brilliance.
full moon rise January 12th, 2017
I was fortunate to book a week of work through the Santa Fe Public Schools as a substitute teacher for a 4th grade class and several special needs students. I had a great time; learned things, watched in amazement at these different personalities and enjoyed this school and the quality of various teachers who impressed me.
fourth grade class
I like the attitude of this elementary school in general. The kids pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States with their hands on their heart, in English, then again in Spanish.
New Mexico state flag
Then they face the New Mexico state flag with their palms up and say that pledge.
New Mexico state pledge with open palms
in English and in Spanish. Then they do another pledge with the nuances inferred as they make the shape of a heart with their hands, about being kind to one another. This one I love the best.
elementary school pledge making a heart with the hands
Lots of pledges!
Habits of Mind
I like the central place where I live where I bicycle on bike paths to the schools – last week a high school at the south end of town to teach in a chorus and technical music class (editing in Logic Pro X). From here I hitch up to the ski area to teach mostly beginners at Ski Santa fe.
Ski Santa Fe
Ski Santa fe
I cried when I was leaving the school after the 5 days with these same kids with whom I interacted. I really loved their quirky personalities, enthusiasm to participate, a reflection of their good teacher who keeps them on a good pace and who is a kind person.
I visit a dog Nala who’s a gentle pit bull living next to the Rail trail bike & pedestrian path en route from schools.
I’m off to the Friday evening gallery openings, for inspiration and occasionally nice spreads of food.