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:  The Dollhouse (Composite 30)

900 Days of School: The Dollhouse (Composite 30)


“You can’t crawl back in the dollhouse–
You’ve gotten too
big to
get in.
You’ve got to live here
Like the rest of us do.
You’ve got to walk roads
That are winding and new.
But oh, I wish I could
Crawl back with you
Into the dollhouse again.”
― Shel Silverstein

The dollhouse has been in my classroom for years now.  It is a favorite choice for my students when we have indoor recess.  It has seen many hands and has lost a door and pieces of furniture along the way.  The lack of perfection doesn’t deter the students from selecting the dollhouse as a place to spend quality time.

I thought the dollhouse would be an important picture to include in my project 900 Days of School in which I 

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 (Composite Twenty-One)

900 Days of School (Composite Twenty-One)

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
― J.M. Barrie

My first school composite, created as a part of my 900 Days of School project, began

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,

900 Days of School (Part Four)

900 Days of School (Part Four)

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
― Leo Tolstoy

Last school year I began an exciting personal project.  I decided to take one picture a day for the last five years of my professional career as an elementary school teacher.  When I decided to do this project, I had no idea that once I started, it would