Archives - June 2013


Jun. 3

What a Great Group


My 5th Period Dual Credit English

We started with a much bigger class, but these die-hards stuck with me to the end.  And I worked them to the bone -- write, write, write, and then write some more.  They wrote some absolutely beautiful papers for me.  We waded our way through short story analysis and argumentative research papers and personal narratives and everything else in between.  What a great group for a discussion.  It's times like these when I am so happy that I conduct class in a circle.  They will soar wihen they get to college.  As Baudelaire said, "Always be a poet, even in prose."


My wish for you, my students:  An ever vigilant and patient guardian angel on each of your shoulders for all the years to come.  Hugs from Mrs. Pauley to each of you.

Jun. 3

Our Little Family


My 2nd Period Dual Credit English

Oh my goodness, I wore these kids out this year.  We wrote on the first day of school and the last.  Our classroom mantra:  write, write, write, then ratiocinate, then clock, then write some more. But in the midst of all that writing, I feel as if we became a little family of sorts.  And I hope they learned a few tricks about writing along the way.  Remember:  If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.


Wishing each one of you a future that is nothing but rainbow, rainbow, rainbow (Remember Elizabeth Bishop's poem "The Fish"?)  Always find beauty in the everyday.  Hugs from Mrs. Pauley to you.

Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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