Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Metamorphosis Journal

met⋅a⋅mor⋅pho⋅sis  /ˌmɛtəˈmɔrfəsɪs/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [met-uh-mawr-fuh-sis]
–noun, plural -ses  /-ˌsiz/
1. Biology. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly. Compare complete metamorphosis.

2. a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.

3. any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.

4. a form resulting from any such change.

5. Pathology. a. a type of alteration or degeneration in which tissues are changed: fatty metamorphosis of the liver.

b. the resultant form.
6. Botany. the structural or functional modification of a plant organ or structure during its development

The above definition is courtesy of http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metamorphosis.  My idea for this journal sprouted shortly after beginning my new teaching assignment this year.  So much to do! So many new things to learn!  So many ideas to develop and implement! So many students with so many needs... sometimes so much hurt.... sometimes so much apathy.... sometimes so much laziness.....

This journal serves as a way for me to have a visual record of my changes and growth through this year, both personally and professionally.

The above page from November reflects the finish of a particularly awesome week in my classroom.  The students enjoy my ar class (YAY) and my chairs are always full for that time.  It's wonderful and there is such a wealth of talent among them.

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