a morning puzzler to kick off the day, write a message or
instruction on the board in CODE. A simple code can be as
a basic as 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, and so on. For more of a challenge,
use math problems first to determine the numbers, then have
them decode with a basic code like the one above. With little
or no instruction it makes students work harder to figure
out what to do, and then encourages creative problem solving
in determining the code. Use it to tell a class that they
need to write in their journal or read the intro paragraph
on page 52 of the text.
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by Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man going a lone highway
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and wide and steep,
With waters rolling cold and deep.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here.
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way.
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you this bridge at eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head,
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
The chasm that was as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim--
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."
Theresa Lovelace, literacy staff developer in the Chancellor's
district in New York City (made up of 49 of the lowest performing
schools in NYC.) "I came across the poem a few weeks
ago and thought it was important for educators to read it
to really see what it is we do and why we do it,‹especially
in light of the fact that there is so much pressure placed
upon teachers and administrators that there is much frustration
and even consideration as to why even bother. I think this
poem brings it all home. I think you'll agree. I've used
it to begin my professional development‹sessions and struck
a nerve with all who were in attendance."