Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

This has been on my heart lately. A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”  How do we teach this to children? How do we teach this to adults? How do we overcome darkness in our own lives so we can be a light?

John 8: 12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I AM THE LIGHT of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” If only I could remember and reflect that more often than I forget it…


Revisiting “The Students, the Senator, and the Power of Twitter”

Seems like we have some new followers to our classroom blogs. There are some students from the University of Southern Alabama doing a great job of commenting on the 5th graders’ blogs and encouraging them that REAL people are REALLY reading their writing. 🙂 Ah, the power of authentic writing and real audience! My kids rarely write stuff JUST to hand in for a grade.

So I wanted to repost a link to something that MIGHT be of interest to them as they explore technology and the power of social networking in the field of education in their college studies. Here’s a post I guest wrote for Angela Maiers entitled “The Students, the Senator, and the Power of Twitter.” Come back here and let me know what you think!

Draft of Candy Store Poem

Here’s an incomplete rough draft of a poem I’m working on. What do you think?

Heaven on Earth  (Working Title)

Is there any place more


than a


Row after row

of glass jars

filled to the brim


soft pink candies

bright gummie candies

melt-in-your-mouth chocolate candies

suckers, lollies, and blow-pops,

cotton candy


green apple sour

chewy caramel


smooth candy

hard candy

sugared candy


(*That’s all I have for now. What else should I include?? Smells??? Sounds??)


Blogging Community

The fifth graders have been working on updating and adding to their blogs lately. We also talked about and practiced how to make positive & productive comments, practicing on paper by using sticky notes that attached to the poems we have posted in the hallway before practicing online. A few kids needed reminders on what constituted a “polite & productive” comment (“That looks wierd,” or “Are you getting these comments?”), but I think we’ve got a good handle on it now. 🙂

SO, we are excited now to get to participate in a blogging community (mini-neighborhoods) with some other 5th graders near Des Moines. These new friends will be a REAL audience for our writing and we’ll get a chance to read and comment on what other fifth graders are writing. We’re using a Google doc to get it all set up, and maybe we’ll get a chance to SKYPE with the class before we start reading & commenting on each other’s blogs. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even add other classes once we get this rolling along. Ultimately though this is about getting and giving real feedback from a real audience and making connections with new friends.

I think the possibilities for this are beyond reading and responding to a few blog entries. I can’t wait to see where it goes!

Have you ever purposefully participated in a blogging community? What other long-distance activities have you done with other classes?

What do you think of this project?