Get motivated

This was one of those mornings when I wasn’t ready to jump out of bed. I seem to be having more of those lately. There was work to be done, though, so I shook off the drowsies and got busy. 

Cats fed (the important stuff first), hair washed, and yards watered. I got my cup of coffee and sat on the porch, watching the sprinkler and reading email and Facebook on my phone. Snapped this picture:

And decided I would like to sit on the porch all day. 

Ran errands. Addressed birthday cards. Made lunch. Reviewed all the projects for tomorrow night’s transformative climate communities meeting where we actually start deciding which projects will get funding. There are 38 projects and most are very good. Just wish there was money for all of them. 

I’m telling a wonderful story to first graders this week, “Let’s go, Hugo,” set in Paris and the Eiffel Tower. 

I made an Eiffel Tower for each classroom to keep with the hope that it will encourage the children to want to know more about Paris. 


18 responses to “Get motivated

  1. great idea with the Eiffel towers!

    • They take quite a bit of time to make so I got started before school started. Last year the story was told later in the year and I didn’t have time to make the towers.

  2. love it!

  3. Do you come up with a completely new set of lesson plans each year?

    • Thank God, no. The curriculum does change a bit each year as we all get smarter, but I don’t write it. The lessons are prepared by a retired elementary principal who is also a chaplain and the leader of this gang. He is a brilliant educator and gives us great direction. As for the Eiffel Towers, that was my own idea. Each chaplain adds their own touches to the lessons.

  4. You are such a wonder!!!

  5. I love those Eiffel towers, Delaine. You are a real resource and those kids are so lucky to have you! 🙂

    • Thank you. I try to add a bright note to each of my visits at the school. It’s such hard place and the staff and students need as much kindness as possible. I feel so fortunate to have the time and energy to do this work.

  6. I’m still looking for motivation. Under the bed? Behind the sofa?

  7. How fun. You are so busy all the time. That is a good thing. I saw the shoes you wore for the story time. The kids must just love you!

  8. I wish you’d inject me with your secret to rouse myself from this ennui I’m currently undergoing with far too much on the go.

    I sleep too much and stare at nothing and internally berate myself.

    These Eiffel towers are brill. Well done.


  9. Yes, maybe I would have remembered a little more if I had had someone like you in my classrooms. I did have a HS Social Studies/Government teacher that I will never forget.

    • It is amazing how much the kids remember. My first class of first graders are now fourth graders and they still remember the stories I told them. Visited with 6th graders yesterday who I helped with their California missions. They remembered it well.

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