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‘You Begin’ by Margaret Atwood
You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
that is a fish,
blue and flat on the paper,
almost the shape of an eye.
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon,
whichever you like. This is yellow.
Outside the window is the rain,
green because it is summer,
and beyond that the trees
and then the world,
which is round and has only
the colors of these nine crayons.
This is the world, which is fuller
and more difficult to learn than I have said.
You are right to smudge it that way
with the red and then
the orange: the world burns.
Once you have learned these words
you will learn that there are more
words than you can ever learn.
The word hand floats above your hand
like a small cloud over a lake.
The word hand anchors
your hand to this table,
your hand is a warm stone
I hold between two words.
This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world, which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.
Author Archives: Matthew
…my new blog: http://muddlesintomaxims.com/! I know it’s been a while, but I thought I’d just post this here in case anyone who hasn’t seen my new blog might like to follow me over. Followed this? Go over and follow that! 🙂 … Continue reading
Originally posted on Wednesday Seminars:
Introduction I recently worked on an intensive two-week course for teacher trainers. 33 teachers from Lebanon were learning (about) trainer skills, qualities and thinking. Each of them in turns experienced leading one group feedback session…
(ITT = initial teacher training, CP = course participant, T = trainer, S = teaching practice class student) Below are five simple alternative imaginings, each followed by how it’s generally done on the CELTA I work on (btw, this is … Continue reading
Click to access guzik-3xp.pdf That’s all for now ;P
I post open positions in local ESOL programs to the ‘Boston ESOL Job Shouts’ page of this blog semi-regularly. I announce and link to these posts on our private online network for current and former CELTA trainees hoping to spark interest … Continue reading
I threw together a recast/redux/rebirth of my online Pecha Kucha from the iTDi MOOC on WizIQ last month. It’s Pecha Kucha presentation as VoiceThread! Feel free to comment if you’re on VT. I made it as a ‘first thought, best … Continue reading
Originally posted on livinglearning:
Week after week and class after class, they sit silent. When they are called on, they sit silent. When they don’t understand something, they sit silent. When they understand perfectly, they sit silent. When they have…
Preflective Lesson Prep: Ideas & Inspirations This is a follow-up post to a webinar I did with iTDi during their ‘Summer School’ MOOC on WizIQ. You can see the full list of all the MOOC presenters + presentations here. Below, … Continue reading
Originally posted on ROSE BARD – Teaching Journal:
Connecting what you hear to how it is written through dictation Instead of making students copy from the board or give the sentences already written down, how about dictating them? Photo taken…