Sunday, March 4, 2018

Things fall apart - 3.4 #sol18 Story Challenge

While much of my teaching work-flow has shifted digital in recent years, I still keep a paper plan book. How long that will continue, I don't know. What I do know is that as the calendar turns towards spring each school year, the cover of my plan book starts to fail. The paper perforations give up the ghost one hole-punch at a time until the cover is hanging askew by a few tenacious threads. Eventually, the cover falls off completely.  This tends to happen at some point in April (after spring break), signaling in one quirky way the sprint to summer. This year, though, that plan-book milestone passed in the waning days of February -- just a few days before the plastic loop split that once helped fasten my school-issued name badge to my shirt or belt. These harbingers feel ever-so-slightly ominous, though I'm not sure if these shadows cast backwards over time that's passed or forward to days to come.

6 comments:

  1. Hopefully the shadow cast forward, just a bit earlier this year. More tattered filled with events of the year.

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  2. There are certain markers that help us out this time of year. I always refer to the period after Spring Break as the Slide to Summer".

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  3. If-a-tree-falls-in-the-forest kind of comment: Would time still pass if you went digital with your plan book, too? (Maybe that's what is holding you back:-) Fun post!

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  4. I had this nightmarish problem just this morning. I keep a school year journal with meetings and notes, ideas and plans. Today there are only 4 pages left. What has happened? Did I write significantly more this year that any other in my career? Have they begun to put less pages in the journals? What will I do? Will have a 1/2 year journal? What about all the wasted pages? Crisis!!!!

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  5. I really enjoyed your slice! My favorite line was "The paper perforations give up the ghost one hole-punch at a time until the cover is hanging askew by a few tenacious threads." Very descriptive!

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  6. Plentifully pleasing slice re paper perforations in a paper plan book. Poof, it's a "Badge" of honor (with mending tape)? !no yrraC

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