"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Posts tagged ‘teacher’

Daily Prompt Love <3 Um, Nice To Meet Y'all

26 August 2019 

New semester starts today. I love teaching so much, but being the performing introvert that I am, those brand new student faces are always an experience.

Make art about how it feels to walk into a room of people you’re meeting for the first time. 

crowd of people

If You Teach, Consider Doing This To Help Fight Hunger

Teaching peeps: if you haven’t already, please consider adding a hunger and homelessness statement to your syllabus, letting students know that not only are there resources available on your campus, but that you care, that both their well-being and their dignity matter.
 
Here’s mine.
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Food and Housing Insecurity Statement for Syllabus
 
Food insecurity is defined as conditions in which persons, in this case, students, do not have adequate resources to feed themselves, either nutritiously or not at all (USDA, 2013). According to a recent studies, hunger and homelessness. are common and growing problems for students at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students. If food insecurity or shelter are issues for you, or for someone you know, please know help is readily available.
 
Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact me, or another professor with whom you are comfortable, for a list of resources and support. This will enable us to assist you in finding the resources you may need. I promise complete confidentiality.
 
Longwood’s student food pantry, Elwood’s Cabinet, as well as the Lil Office Food Bank, maintained by an English professor in Grainger, are free resources with food and personal care items.
 
Elwood’s Cabinet is located in the basement of the Wesleyan Campus Ministry building at 204 High Street, across from Ruffner. They are open Monday nights, 6-930pm. More details are available here: https://elwoodscabinet.weebly.com/
 
The Lil Office Foodbank is located in Grainger 112, open Tuesdays 1230-2 & 5-9, and Thursdays, 1230-2, and as needed by appointment. You can email me and I will meet you there any time you are in need, even after hours.
 
Do not go hungry. We can help.
Lil Office Food Bank

Daily Prompt Love <3 That Kind of Wisdom

23 April 2019 

Make art inspired by this: 

“A child’s wisdom is wisdom still.”-Jewish proverb

child's wisdom

Daily Prompt Love <3 Ready

11 February 2019

A weekend busy with work, but I managed to finish the prep for all five of the classes I’m teaching this semester. I also got meal prep done for the week, and got a jump on a project not due for a couple of weeks. Feeling all kinds of adult-prepared right now 🙂 

Make art about being ready. 

ready

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 What We Inherit

10 October 2017

Make art inspired by this quote: 

When born you inherit what’s burning.~Liam Rector 

liam

Daily Prompt Love <3 Teacher

20 September 2017 

My son’s 29th birthday is today. He has, since we met, proven to be one of my best friends, a wise, funny, compassionate, loving child who grew into a wise, funny, compassionate, loving man. He has been and remains one of my greatest teachers.

Make art about your teachers.

 

Better Late Than Never Daily Prompt Love <3 Beautiful Creatures

3 May 2017

Every day I sling the door open to my classroom, and enter, looking across the room at those amazing students, and greet them with”Good morning, you beautiful creatures!”

I hadn’t thought much about it, until apparently I missed a day greeting them this way, and I heard about it 🙂 “You didn’t call us beautiful creatures!”

And they are–so beautiful–these young creatures striving, focusing, questioning, and reaching, always reaching, even when they’re not sure yet what it is they’re reaching for. Some stumble, and fall. Some create the wind itself as they move from place to place. Others are much too hard on themselves, harder than we old people could be, harder even than the unbelievable media and family and societal pressure they carry on their young shoulders every day.  They are creatures of grace, and incredible endurance, surviving, thriving even. in the mess we’ve left them.

They are dreamfog and summer storm and mountain clay and stardust. They are every road to everywhere, every path woven of hope and young hunger.

They are miraculous, these creatures, these wind dancers and fireaters, carrying their huge hearts out openly before them in their hands, offering them  like gifts, like the gifts that they are. ❤

They’re funny, and they’re compassionate, and they’re curious, and wise, so much wiser than they’re given credit for, than they give themselves credit for, and I learn from them every time we’re together in those rooms. Every day they teach me, so I never forget what it is to dream.

Tonight, we shared a meal, and I listened to presentations for projects ranging from the environmental and natural–water quality, animal rescue, waste conversion for fuel–to a cross-section of the humane–programs for kids in poverty, kids with disabilities, for educating kids in technology, free financial services for students and for the poor, projects to help the hungry.

Tonight, I saw the future, y’all 🙂 and no matter how hard it seems right now, that future? It is indeed filled with beautiful, beautiful, beautiful creatures.

Make art about young people, about what we owe them, about what we can learn from them. 

angel children

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