900 Days of School:  Play

900 Days of School: Play

“Play is the highest form of research.”
― Albert Einstein

One of my favorite times of each school day is recess.

As the demands of the academic program have become more and more rigorous for first graders during my tenure, recess is one thing that has remained constant.  Recess is a time when kids can be kids.  I am always so amazed at the abundance of energy that

900 Days of School:  Winter and Spring Holidays

900 Days of School: Winter and Spring Holidays

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”
― Fred Rogers

Holiday celebrations are such a big part of first grade.  It seems there is

900 Days of School:   Morning Commute

900 Days of School: Morning Commute

“If you can find a way to add some adventure to a mundane daily commute, I suggest you do that. Life is too short, my friends.”
― Robert Hurst

At least an hour of each of my working days is spent commuting.  If I am traveling at a time when there isn’t heavy traffic, I can drive from my home in South Carolina to my school in 

900 Days of School:  Fall and Winter Holidays

900 Days of School: Fall and Winter Holidays

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Children anticipate each holiday.  Many of our school activities are planned around holidays in first grade.

In the fall, children always anticipate

900 Days of School (Part Seven)

900 Days of School (Part Seven)

“The camera basically is a license to explore.”
― Jerry Uelsmann

I began my project of making one photograph a day for the last five years of my teaching career by recording things I saw at school.  The simple recording images, without children present soon led me to seek things more challenging, more meaningful.

One week I

900 Days of School (Part Six)

900 Days of School (Part Six)

“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

900 Days of School (Part Five)

900 Days of School (Part Five)

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud

As I teach during the final years of my career, it is beginning to make me feel nostalgic.  I am trying, in a way, to savor every second.  My personal project,