A Student Garden (NEW)

The 2009-2010 school year has begun.  In seventh grade English, we write every day.  Their assignment on the second day of class was to complete a  thoughtful paragraph comparing their first day of school to a color.  I attempt every writing assignment before my students do; therefore, I am aware of any stumbling blocks and provide a model for them.  We frequently edit together.  Here is my offering this year.

A Student Garden

My first day of school passed as quickly as a summer thunderstorm, but it produced no dark, gloomy clouds or thunder.  It was as if a multihued and beautiful garden sprouted in my class room. Shades of green, yellow, and red colored my plot.  Rows of bright and eager students filled my classes and reached for knowledge just like the soft, fuzzy, green cotyledons emerge in their furrows and grow toward the sunlight. An ecologically greener classroom blossomed, too, as we try to save paper and recycle as many materials as possible.  Although students sometimes rumble like thunder about the beginning of a new academic year, today their smiles reminded me of bright yellow sunflowers kissed by the sun.  Even students, some of whom appeared lost, managed a small grin while asking a teacher for guidance.  The warm greeting and eager expressions as the boys and girls met me at my door made me smile.  As the afternoon passed, my day turned the happy crimson of zinnias and gerbera daisies as I realized what a great schedule I had.  “C” Lunch fell late in the day, so it allowed me a quick and rejuvenating break in the afternoon.  I love beginning my day reading along in Novel Ideas.  Wow, what super English classes I have!  They appeared to be bright, productive, and well-behaved.  As my day ended, I realized that I can look forward to a fruitful harvest of intellectual growth and creative work.


1 Comment

  1. Phyllis Vail said,

    September 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    I know that wonderful seeds of native Texas perennials are being planted in your room. They will bloom and flourish for years to come.

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