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DIAS ~ Inspiration, Rewards, and Dreams Unleashed

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dayinsentenceiconToday’s DIAS post is a first for me.  I’ve been a member of the community since the ever-innovative Kevin Hodgson posted on the NWP Technology Liaison’s listserv and on his blog an invitation for teachers across the nation and world to come together, in a few words or a sentence or two,  as a community and share something about their week. But this is the first time I’ve hosted DIAS, thanks to an invitation from Bonnie Kaplan.

The week has proven to be one of rewards, inspiration, and dreams for the DIAS community.

Rewards:

From Mathew My first iPhone app, Reading Remedies, was released in iTunes this week…a satisfying conclusion to months of work and weeks of waiting.

From AprilReceived permission (and scholarships!) to take ALL of my students to a Youth Summit next week on teen leadership, substance abuse, positive choices, and things of this sort; just found out that one of my students from last year is a presenter! Oh the joy :).

From MaryI spent yesterday with 170+ 17 and 18 year old students at PLWP High School Writing Day. Students selected two workshops from a variety of workshops presented by PLWP TCs or Missouri Western State University writing professors. After lunch students had the opportunity to read something they had written at an open mike session. It was rewarding to hear those student writers.

From AmandaThe look on my son’s face when he saw his requested dinosaur birthday cake, was confirmation that the hours spent baking and frosting were the perfect way to celebrate FOUR!

Inspiration:

From KevinI wrote with my students — just quietly writing, and it was a short but wonderful pocket of inspiration. Here is the podcast of the poem I wrote: http://www.box.net/shared/static/939ghix050.mp3.

From NancyToday was spent with my friend at the Rehab where her daughter is in a coma, and I found the courage and strength of those surrounding this lovely young girl to be inspiring.

From me – I spent Wednesday afternoon with a group of 5th graders at a Title 1 (high poverty) school, where students were wrapping up their documentary film Hope for Haiti, when a student shared, “I feel like I’ve done something good.”

Dreams:

From Carla Dreaming of change and understanding that it takes very small steps to get there, plus a whole bit of patience.

Feeling privileged to belong to the DIAS group (and heading in to check out Mathew’s iPhone app!!),

Gail

4 Comments

  1. Hi Gail,

    Great job, hosting. Here’s a direct link to the iPhone/iPad app if you’d like to check it out. http://tinyurl.com/4tlclrq

  2. Hi Gail,

    I just added my sentence in the comments to your post…sorry I missed getting it in on time! 🙂

  3. Mathew,

    Just downloaded the app to my laptop (and will troubleshoot a little later, after some coffee,why it’s not coming up on my iPhone). I’m doing a workshop on Friday for preschool teachers, so I’m looking forward to sharing Reading Rememdies within my district – for a starter:-)

  4. Hi Amanda,

    I just added your DIAS, which seemed like a perfect fit with “Rewards.” Bet your son will remember his 4th birthday cake for a long time to come;-)

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