“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

My project to take one photograph a day for the last five years of my teaching career began by simply recording the sights that surrounded me at school each day.

In thirty-two years, I have accumulated many materials that I use to teach mathematics.


Teddy Bear Counters

Photographing these manipulatives will allow me to remember the many hands that have held and counted these colorful materials.

I looked high and low every day for a subject to photograph.  One day, after school, I found my subject was waiting just above me on the ceiling.


After creating many images that were simply recording objects, I started to look for scenes that showed the presence of children without showing the children themselves.


A day on the playground was spent well sorting these materials found in nature.

Lost Key Chain

A sign posted near the play equipment caught my eye.  The sign was posted in hopes that someone would find a lost keychain.

As I began to move away from simply recording the things I saw at school,  the photographs became more interesting.

I hope you will continue to join me for this photographic journey through my last 900 days of school.




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    I enjoy following your 900 days! Great and inspiring work.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, Bill!

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    Mary, these photos brought back such wonderful memories! I remember fondly getting kndg/1st grade students to help me sort materials for specific projects. They loved it and so did I!! And I loved the phonetic spelling on the “lost key chain” note. So adorable and so innocent. Your students are very blessed. I know that having photography helps you survive the difficult days also. My skills are so far below yours, but I really enjoy composing photographs. It is so creative. You will certainly enjoy having more time in retirement to spend on your hobbies. Hang in there! Miss seeing you.
    Love, Panze

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Panze! This project is allowing me to capture the special things I want to remember and really focus on the positive things at school. I hope our paths cross again soon!

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