Some of you have mentioned that you may begin posting a Curiosity Journal, as well. Be sure to let me know if you do.Reading: Sophie’s World has been set aside during this spring season filled with school programs, paper-grading, projects, open houses, graduations, showers, soccer matches, and mulch.In the mornings, I manage to read the selection from the One-Year Bible (the translation I’m using this year is ESV), My Utmost for His Highest, and often a small chapter in The Imitation of Christ. From MUFHH today:
Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God…The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”— simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us. (May 18, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers)
Playing: While grading papers and organizing my desk today, I’m playing music: Pandora Radio’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart channel.Learning: Tuesday evening, I sat in on my daughters’ debate club, a low-key weekly meeting led by an accomplished high school debate student who speaks a mile a minute. The training is in policy debate and its format is explained well at this blog post. The young man’s debate experience has been through an organization that sets the topic for the year. This school year’s debate policy resolution: “Resolved: That the United States Federal Government should significantly reform its policy toward Russia.”Given that I know nothing about debate procedure and very little about U.S. policies toward Russia, I was lost. But I was proud of my daughters for attending week after week. They learned the basics of debate and a little bit about Russia. I’m sure it helped that the instructor’s mother brought pizza each week. I mean, wouldn’t you be willing to research the New START Treaty if you were promised free pizza?Reacting: I’m relieved I don’t have to practice debate. And that’s all I have to say about that.Writing: When I’m not slinging mulch, I’m planning a high school composition class for the 2011-12 school year that will focus on essay and research writing. We only meet once a week, so the students need instructive materials to refer to as they work on assignments at home—and I need an organized teacher’s manual. I’m researching, reading, writing, and piecing it all together.I’m curious to hear what valuable writing skills you learned (or wish you’d learned) to prepare you both for high school and college writing assignments? Care to offer some advice and inspiration as I prep?There you have it: A Curiosity Journal that reveals what I’m reading, playing, learning, reacting to and writing.