Archive for January, 2011


024/2011 seen from a distance

024/2011 seen from a distance, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

During a fun ladies’ night out in a local restaurant, we spotted this lovely old stained glass window. Sitting around the table, chatting and laughing, it didn’t strike me as anything unusual, and I didn’t really pay attention to it at all. It wasn’t until we started taking group pictures froma distance that its beauty was revealed. The building dates back to the late 19th century, and is a lovely example of the jugend style of the time.

Sometimes we need to look from afar to see what is near!


023/2011 droopy

023/2011 droopy, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This is the last photo in my weekend tulip theme. Just as well, I chose this theme, as the weather has never changed in the whole week. Just grey, cloudy, and absolutely dreary!

It’s the end of the weekend, which usually seem as short as the life of the cut tulips. Only in 2 1/2 days they start nodding their heads, some of the blooms have opened too much, and pollen is dropping onto the table.

I, too, get this droopy feeling towards Sunday evening when I have to open my school bag, which usually reveals a pile of papers waiting to be marked. Why don’t I deal with them on Friday afternoon before going home, to allow myself to enjoy Sundays to the fullest? Better still, why don’t I allow students to surprise me with something that I’d look forward to reading, instead of the same old boring assignments that motivate no one, it seems?

Any tips on getting tulips to last longer?


022/2011 variation

022/2011 variation, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

My weekend tulip theme continues. I wanted to take a very different picture from yesterday’s colourful orange bunch. However, the reddish brown table top was the wrong choice. The background should have been white, or at least much lighter. Unfortunaely, it wasn’t until the natural afternoon light had disappeared that I realized this. Tried to rescue it with some Picnik effects but I didn’t manage to create the look I was after. Will have to retake this one day!

The yellow tulip is lovely all the same.


021/2011 well done!

021/2011 well done!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I rewarded myself for managing a very busy week, with two bunches of beautiful tulips. The buds are just about to open a little bit, just like the weekend is just about to start unfolding. Anticipation of something nice is often the best moment.

We all need rewards for our work, if not from others, why not from ourselves! I often worry about very weak students who keep failing, even after trying hard. What reward will they find? In the present system, praising them for their effort becomes futile if there is no measurable improvement in grades. Inner motivation is too rare amongst teenagers, but maybe we should partly blame ourselves and the system for the lack of it.


020/2011 footprints

020/2011 footprints, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A nightly footprint in the snow – the newspaper delivery person. Clearly somebody who has nothing to hide, and is not worried about leaving an identifiable mark behind. Yet, it’s not a consciously created mark, but purely accidental. The person would probably be surprised to know about my picture of it!

How aware are our students about their digital footprints? Will they fall prey to stalkers, or lose a job opportunity in the future, because of carelessly uploaded online material? Some schools warn and present scary examples, block and protect. All with good intentions, I’m sure. I would rather see students start consciously working on a positive online image at school, with the guidance of teachers. But do we know how to guide them?


019/2011 warm

019/2011 warm, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Fourth day without any sun, and not much light either. Wet and icy, and getting dark by the time I get out of school. Very poor photo opportunities outdoors.

I find myself looking for soft, warm shades to photograph at home. What I learned tonight is that trying to catch the steam circling above a coffee cup in the dark is very difficult.
Note to self: finally, do get that small flexi tripod!


018/2011 teacher’s pets

018/2011 teacher’s pets, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

What is the first thing you do when you get home from school/work? I always change into something comfortable, and strech out on the couch. These days I always put on my my lovely new exotic furry ‘pets’, which my darling daughter gave me for Xmas. They are the warmest and cutest things I’ve ever had!

Kicking back and relaxing for a while is essential for me to unwind after all the hullabaloo at school, especially in this dark time of the year, which seems to eat up all my energy very quickly.


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