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Monday, September 28, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

So today it is a Jewish holiday (which is very important to my Hispanic and African American students), so I am in my classroom working (without students), and not experiencing the laughter of Last Friday...

Last Friday in my 10th grade struggling readers class, we read an excerpt about early silent movies.

STUDENT: Why was there a piano player at the movies?
ME: Well, the movies in the early 1900's didn't have any sound, so instead a piano player would play live music.
STUDENT: So nobody would talk?
ME: The movies didn't have sound.
STUDENT: Man, they was poor as fuck back then.
ME: You mean, they WERE poor as fuck. And actually, it just hadn't been invented yet. The first "talking" picture was in 1927. It was called THE JAZZ SINGER.
STUDENT: Why does it say they'd go to the theaters for air conditioning?
ME: Because they didn't have air conditioning in their houses yet.
STUDENT: Man, there was nothing invented then, huh. They were so dumb.

So this week is crazy (not to downplay any of your weeks), and I will definitely try to write in the next day or two, but in the meantime, here is the audio version of what I shared about my trip to Africa this summer. It is about 10-12 minutes long, I think, so just listen to 3 minutes at a time.

Click on this:
Here is the outline so you don't jump into an audio piece you'd rather not delve into:

Part I: Quick recap of all that we did in Uganda.
Part II: What I learned from Uganda
a. Sitting with people in their suffering.
b. Being "in the moment" without neglecting the past or the future.
c. Not letting your faith become a refrigerator magnet.

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