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Interesting sights in Indiana

 While in Lafayette, IN, this past week, I took some time to enjoy local sights and flavors. One evening I had a delicious vegetarian dish at an outdoor table at Bistro 501. Another night I met my friend, Carol Lutz, from Kokomo at McGraw’s on the Wabash River. We enjoyed watching local crew teams practicing on the river. I also went to the downtown Farmer’s Market and picked up fresh organic Indiana peaches and tomatoes. Yum! Then checked out some art stores and galleries. Picked up a great felted purse made out of repurposed wool sweaters from Lisa Walsh at Artists’ Own, a co-op art gallery with works from local artists.

Driving to schools, I passed many cornfields and fields of windmills, too. Visited classrooms and talked with teachers about space, small groups, and stations. Fall is in the air here. But I was back to hot, humid Houston for the weekend.

Crew teams practice on the Wabash River

Crew teams practice on the Wabash River

 

Fields of windmills on the horizon

Fields of windmills on the horizon

Fresh peaches and tomatoes at the Lafayette Farmer's Market

Fresh peaches and tomatoes at the Lafayette Farmer's Market

My new find: a felted purse made from an old sweater

My new find: a felted purse made from an old sweater

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Birthday Do-Over

Ever wish you could travel more?

I spent my birthday in several airports on Tuesday, on my birthday, (after an early morning keynote for HISD literacy coaches). The plane sat on the runway in Houston for 2 ½ hours and finally landed in Newark.  I had to spend 4 ½ more hours there since I missed my connection. Then boarded a plane only to be told there were 30 planes ahead of us on the jetway!!! Another hour of waiting on the plane. Sounds like a math story problem (I did finish writing a chapter of the new math book today while en route). Finally landed in Portland, Maine at 12:30 a.m., 13 hours after departure.

 

Enjoying a birthday cupcake on the plane

Enjoying a birthday cupcake on the plane

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Tom and I spent the weekend in Seattle sightseeing. What a great city! We walked all day long and saw flying fish and flowers in Pike Place Market, kids splashing in a huge fountain at Seattle Center, and Victorian architecture and a totem pole in Pioneer Square. Visited Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, too. We were total tourists, and had lots of fun!

Back to school trainings resume next week and I am feeling fully recharged! Take time for yourself as we prepare for a new school year!

Look at these beautiful sunflowers!

Look at these beautiful sunflowers!

Zinnias at Pike Place Market

Zinnias at Pike Place Market

The famous Pike Place Market sign

The famous Pike Place Market sign

That's me by the International Fountain at Seattle Center

That's me by the International Fountain at Seattle Center

My new favorite store in Seattle

My new favorite store in Seattle

Victorian architecture at Pioneer Square

Victorian architecture at Pioneer Square

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Last week I had the privilege of previewing a new school slated to open this fall in Graham, WA. Wow! What a place! Nelson Elementary opens this fall, and teachers had input into the design of their new facility. The principal and a few teachers took me on a tour during our lunch break so I could help them think about their new space. They are all teaching with literacy work stations and small groups and have done studies of my books. Here are a few pics of some of their great space-efficient ideas. Look for more pics after they move into their new school!
Built-in cubbies hold coats behind closed doors, along with other student stuff

Built-in cubbies hold coats behind closed doors, along with other student stuff

I love this new writing easel with built-in storage

I love this new writing easel with built-in storage

Look at these sliding dry-erase boards with shelving built in behind them in the whole-group area! Built-in storage below, too!

Look at these sliding dry-erase boards with shelving built in behind them in the whole-group area! Built-in storage below, too!

Me and my new friends from Nelson Elementary

Me and my new friends from Nelson Elementary

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This past week I worked with about 200 dedicated educators in Bethel Public Schools in Spanaway, WA. The workshop was on Spaces & Places and using every inch of space for instruction. As part of the session, I walked teachers through the process of setting up their rooms, step by step. After class, Tom and I drove to Gig Harbor and enjoyed some quiet time by the marina there. Pure bliss! It was 70 degrees with no humidity. Quite a change from our home in Houston!

Teachers discuss Spaces and Places

Teachers discuss Spaces and Places

Teachers map their space during the workshop

Teachers map their space during the workshop

My husband, Tom, reading a sign at Gig Harbor marina

My husband, Tom, reading a sign at Gig Harbor marina

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Last week in Ozark wasn’t all just about work! I decided to take a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Part of my quest these days is to “live an interesting life.” I’d read about Eureka Springs, but had never been there. It was almost a two-hour drive but was well worth it. Such lovely scenery along the way, too!

When I arrived, I was greeted by a burst of color and such amazing architecture! I saw one of three flatiron buildings in the U.S. (I have seen one in NYC before.) I met Blakely Wilson in her shop, Wilson & Wilson Folkart and had so much fun browsing (and buying a few trinkets for my home, too). Her shop was filled with layers of whimsical pieces that made me smile. I watched her work on one of her original paintings and heard about the talented artisans whose work she sells in her shop.

Colorful storefronts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Colorful storefronts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Flatiron building

Flatiron building

My favorite store, WIlson and Wilson

My favorite store, Wilson and Wilson

Owner Blakely Wilson painting in her shop

Owner Blakely Wilson painting in her shop

Some cheery folk art at Wilson and Wilson

Some cheery folk art at Wilson and Wilson

Smile!

Smile!

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