The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer. -Alice Wellington Rollins Thanks to all teachers who inspired me to think and question. As an educator I tried to help students know the importance of asking … Continue reading Happy Teacher’s Recognition Day!
My husband and I often drive without any particular destination in mind. Last weekend our excursion brought us to a very interesting spot off of Route 46 on Budd Lake. I took some photographs when I heard from a distance someone asking us if we were tourists. I found his comment amusing given the fact we live about 25 miles away. But I guess we … Continue reading Hidden Treasures
My Favorite Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Quotes Every year for as long as I was a teacher, quotes would be posted all over my classroom during this time of year especially but all year as well. I would ask students to think about the quote and to talk about what Dr. King was saying within the given context or circumstances. I think many … Continue reading My Dream and His: My Favorite Quotes
FIRST DAY IN DAY CARE He came home, his mouth outlined with a chocolaty crust, His pants torn at the knee. But he happily sang the ABC’s a cappella And clapped hooray so As if to say See, I made good use of today. He pointed to the folded note His teacher had pinned on his bright red tee. “To Parent: Please read me.” FYI: … Continue reading FIRST DAY IN DAY CARE
Happy Birthday William! by Melba Christie (c) 2014 Pardon me if I sound presumptuous As I do not mean to be bold Perhaps it is not proper of me that I address you by your given name. But I am honored if you allow me to do the same. You see my seventh grade teacher is to blame as she made it very … Continue reading Happy Birthday William!
Lessons by Melba Christie (c) 2013 we look to our teachers when questions puzzle the mind embrace their wisdom Related articles Teachers’ Domain: A Class Divided 1: The Daring Lesson (bradfordhistory.wordpress.com) 29 Important Life Lessons From Teachers (buzzfeed.com) Continue reading Lessons
Alter your space Delight in watching nature Feng Shui it all Related articles Feng Shui and Business (michaelaalexis.com) Bedroom Feng Shui (plushbeds.com) Haiku Heights – Ripples (hibernationnow.wordpress.com) Haiku II (blueberetmum.wordpress.com) Continue reading Haiku 48
The image is a small watercolor I painted a few weeks ago in honor of St. Patrick‘s Day. The message is simple but profound at the same time. I have a passion for teaching. Many of the wonderful ideas I have learned and the creative opportunities I have had, have been taught to me by a passionate teacher. Paolo Freire believed … Continue reading Haiku Deck
There are all kinds of learning but no better lesson exists than rediscovering yourself through the lens of a child with a deep understanding and the innate ability to identify one’s roots and heritage in someone else. A unique connection is made and the best part is that it came about not because of a stereotype or bias but by a deep feeling of … Continue reading Learning
“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” – Plato In Celebration of the Week of Respect and Anti-bullying “Respect builds the character and defines who we are” If we practice it together every day we will go very far Respect defines us as human beings We learn it by example and by seeing Others put to practice the Golden … Continue reading A Respectful Poem
I continue to read the great material the WordPress bloggers write every day. I feel like I have access to many muses with such diversity of discourse and thought. Thoughts about thoughts that can be mind boggling at times. To all those who follow my blog I am very grateful for your continued support. You inspire me to become more thoughtful about the words I … Continue reading WordPress Bloggers Quotable Quotes
I just received a photo of my grandson on the first day of school via e-mail. He started kindergarten today and his face says it all. He looks confident and stands straight wearing a brand new uniform. The photo brings me back to the day his father’s first day in kindergarten. He had his shiny new superman lunch box in one hand and a … Continue reading First Day of School