Found Item in a Classroom Drawer

One of my students likes to tidy up, organize the card readers in one box and the memory cards in a little tin.

J makes sure the batteries are charged in the cameras or puts the drained batteries in the chargers.

When he first came to my classroom, I was certain I had him as a younger student when I taught K-8 art but such was not the case.  He must have reminded me of someone.

Anyway, he found this wooden block in a drawer under the chalkboard.  “Look at this” he said.  Showed me the RUTH.  “it has your name on it.”

What fun.  I’d forgotten about the block and had it in my desk drawer under some papers and was digging around for a blue pass to write for someone to go to the BR and there was my name on the block. RUTH.

Snapped it with my cell phone.

What are the odds of someone finding a wooden block with your name on it in the classroom where you have been teaching the last couple of years?

Ruth, being a sort of old fashioned name, I wonder how old this block is.

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The assignment was to cut out newspaper photographs……

Photojournalism.  We were looking for photo credits, pictures of the day, discussing the purposes of photography.

The students were to find two photographs, cut them out and answer the Who What Where When Why.

There’s such variety of subjects throughout the papers.

Here is what I saw at one table when I was checking on how the project was coming along.  It made me laugh out loud.

Guess the purpose of the photo was “to advertise”  but the paper wristwatch on his wrist was unexpected.

Paper Wristwatch

Thanks to my friend who had brought over a big box of newspapers and left them on my front porch.

My Grandmother’s Quilt and About to Jump in Monday

Fray.  

A verb.  

A noun.

Hopefully not my nerves or the rope

I hang onto with my best grip.

I sleep with the comfort of the worn red calico and

yellowed muslin quilt my grandmother stitched decades ago.  

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892 Farmersville, Illinois
Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892
Farmersville, Illinois   She’s the one who taught me to knit when I was four.

 

. I told my friend V what the photo challenge word of the week was and she said,

“Fray? That’s an easy one.  You start school Monday.”

The classroom is ready
The classroom is ready.  I’m jumping in. 

Analog Clock Faces Smile at 10:10

My old clock fell off the hook and a new battery couldn’t help it recover.

I found this turquoise retro looking kitchen clock last Saturday in Shadyside.  Oh how I love a second hand.   I really like to look at a clock with a face and get a visual as to how much time is left.  Most students like a digital clock for telling time.

My colleague used his Phillips screwdriver to remove the bolted kitchen clock out of the box.  I ‘d bought  it for my classroom.  I never really noticed the time at which the clock was set when we got it out of the box.

Mr. B (Bob) told me that clocks for sale are always positioned at the time of 10:10.  Huh, I had never really noticed that fact. I thought it would make an interesting post to think about.  Maybe everyone else already knows this.  Is it the same in other parts of the world.  I guess 9:09 or 8:08 or 3:03 wouldn’t look as good.

And sure enough there is information all over the internet about it and why. Timex says they set their timepieces at 10:09:36 exactly.

It shows off their name and is symmetrical.  Mental Floss has an article all about the myths and truths of the default setting  10:10 on watches and clocks for sale.

So I started thinking about digital clocks for sale and many of them online for sale are set at 12:34.  Who knew?  This is just something I haven’t thought about.

Thanks Mr. B.  (See Bob and Whiskers 1955 post)   He told me that even a broken clock shows the correct time twice a day!

Here’s the packaging for the kitchen clock for the classroom. You can see the three holes where the clock was screwed into the cardboard.  I thought of going to stores and photographing a multitude of clocks at the 10:10 setting but decided at this time of the school year, one photo of the photo on the packaging would suffice.

(an iPhone photo of a photo on the packaging)

Kitchen Clock Package