Friday, September 30, 2005

Hi, dear girlies!!

Anita told me she loves poems, so here I'm including a link to a site where you'll find poems and quotes. If you like any, do share it with all of us !!!


http://www.lovepoemsandquotes.com/


Enjoy!

Rita

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Hello everybody!!!! It’s a long time since I’ve last heard from you here in our blog. I’m sorry I haven’t written for ages, but let me tell you that I’ve been sitting for exams and I’m not going to finish until next October…so by the time being I make up the time to write to see how things are getting on !!!!

As you know, last 11th September here in Argentina was commemorated the “TEACHER’S DAY” so I thought about giving a special gift to Rita. I believe she is looked up to by the whole course and definitely this poem I wrote comes straight from the heart of everybody. She means every word of it.
I’ve look up some poems in the Internet as a resource of ideas, it doesn’t mean I don’t have imagination but I must admit that it was a great helping hand for me!!!!! I made a “MIX” with all the poems that I found so don’t be surprised about my artistic skills as a writer, isn’t a natural gift that I have, is all a simulation!

Here it is…….

Rita….you…
Paint your mind

and guide yours thoughts
Share your achievements
and advise your faults

Inspire a Love
of knowledge and truth
As you light the path
Which leads our youth

For our future brightens
with each lesson you teach
Each smile you lengthen
Each goal you help reach

For the dawn of each
poeteach philosopher and king
Begins with a Teacher
And the wisdom they bring

From the bottom of your heart you know that a teenager is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.
Here there is a lovely story that I’ve found irresistible since I’ve read it, so I thought about sharing it with you although it is very long…… but it is worthy to be readed!


THE CREATION OF THE TEACHER

The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure this one out."
"Yes," said the Lord, " but have you read the specs on this order?"

TEACHER:
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught... must run on coffee and leftovers,... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time... must have more time for others than for herself/himself... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive... must have 6 pair of hands.
"Six pair of hands, " said the angel, "that's impossible""Well, " said the Lord, " it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!"
The angel looked incredulous, " Three pairs of eyes...on a standard model?"
The Lord nodded His head, " One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, " I understand and I still believe in you", without so much as saying a word to the child."
"Lord, " said the angel, " this is a very large project and I think you should work on it tomorrow".
"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating. "It is too soft-hearted, " said the angel.
"Yes," said the Lord, " but also tough, You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".
"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.
"Not only think," said the Lord,. "but reason and compromise."
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher's cheek.
"Well, Lord, " said the angel, your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model. You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher."
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher's cheek. It shone and glistened in the light.
"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a tear."
"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel, "What is a tear for?"
The Lord replied with great thought, " It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class."
"My, " said the angel, " The tear thing is a great idea...You are a genius!!"The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there."

Thursday, September 15, 2005



This is my little gem, my dear students... She´s lovable!

(still waiting to see your photos....)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hi Rita! It was great to heraing from you. I hope you can bring us some photos of your graddauther. We miss you a lot. Our lessons are so boring. Poor teachers!!. See you soon. Kisses.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hi, my dear kids !!! How are you all ??
I'm great, enjoying my lovely granddaughty, but also thinking about you :-)
How are you doing? Tell me something about you!
I'll be back next week, but hope to get a line from you all...
A hug from Connecticut,
Rita

Thursday, September 01, 2005

skypeproject082005


skypeproject082005
Originally uploaded by Buthaina al-Othman.
Hello, again everyone,

I took a screen shot of our project portal page where I addeed your photo and my students': < http://alothman-b.tripod.com/skypeproject_portal.htm >.

Please Notice that my class was taught in Spring 2003, but I had to use the photo you see becuase Ali is among them; I don't have a personal image of him.

I hope you like it.

Take care and Ma'a Al Salamah, :-)