Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Last Day Before Break

Today was the last day of school before winter break. Every year, no matter what activity I plan for my students, the one that works best is coloring. Yes, 8th grade students still love to color. Despite the media often portraying this age group as jaded and difficult, they are often still quite young. Not exactly innocent, but somehow still young, especially when given a chance to just be themselves. So today, despite starting out with an interesting and educational experience involving the picture book, Snowflake Bentley, and some complicated snowflake patterns for them to cut out, by the last bell I had given up and passed out the holiday coloring sheets. And peace and joy reigned at last.


  1. Rose, I still love to color. I have a whole set of paper dolls that I carefully colored with water-color felt pens about 15 years ago. And I remember my mother coloring with me when I was a little girl. Maybe it's a girl thing :)

  2. I used to love to color, especially with my kids. I've since graduated to knitting in color, but you make me want to go out and buy a coloring book and brand spanking new box of crayola crayons.