My favourite colour is purple. I like most colours, except that I'm not too fond of yellow. I'm a teacher, a student, a wife and a step-mom to four young adult-ish kids. My favourite room is my craft room. I like to play with photography, paper, scrapbooking, book and card making. Thanks for checking out my blog!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Siu Mai and Snowmen

My collage is made up of papers that all crossed my path this week:
  • innocent coffee was my breakfast date last Saturday
  • frederick buechner, who was part of my reading and creativity (photo and quotes)
  • the plumeria flowers were on the mauna loa bag of macadamia nuts that I finished off
  • across the street at spicy court for dim sum lunch was my date this Saturday
  • the joys of winter with cute snowman was off my coffee sleeve today
  • black and white wrist band from one of my gym days
  • I cut apart  the window envelope that brought me my December VISA bill
This week I was comforting a student in the classroom cloakroom. Not one to usually show emotion, he was sullen and I could tell he was holding back a bother. Someone had alerted me saying that she didn’t realize that in a recess game she had destroyed his snow- a big ball on the gravel field left over from the snow last week. I explained this to the boy, who nodded to let me know that this was indeed what he was upset about. I tried to console  him by reminding him that it will snow again. And that’s when the tears really started rolling down his cheeks. He exclaimed in a broken voice, “But it was my first snowman!”

It was so innocent. His pain was so real. There was such a finality to his declaration. There was nothing more I could do or say but a gentle, “I’m so sorry.”

So I’m glad the snowman got into my collage this week. It will remind me of the what I learned this week: to try to understand the very real issues that some of my students go through. To my eyes, it may not seem like such a big deal. But if I try to see it through their eyes, maybe I can understand them better and give them space to grieve their smashed snowmen that will never be again. 


  1. Beautiful Joan. I am 'getting' this collage thing I think. I did one as a literacy exercise with my friend this week - we each did one. It was 'way beyond' our expectations! I can't quite explain it, but besides all the great literacy (I'd pre-cut many words and she was dying to figure them all out so she'd know if she wanted to use them or not) we each (including her 5 yr. old working on her own) went into a quiet space as our making art with words was teaching us something deep. I have a tear forming just writing about it. She teased me that I just brought 'play things' for literacy that evening, but by the end she asked if we could learn more like that. Absolutely!
    You are a great inspiration Joan!

  2. Beth, that is true learning isn't it?! What a great literacy idea! Are you collaging in a spiral book? Because then there would be lots of opportunity for review/practice and also after time has passed, to be able to look back and see growth and progress, which is also so important for learning. Thanks for sharing!