Being Open to New Ideas on National Swap Ideas Day

National Swap Ideas Day is a day to be open to new ideas. It’s important to remember that openness is a step toward discovery – that we may embrace or accept some ideas, but reject those that may be harmful or dangerous. I remember coming back to school after a long summer when our Deputy Superintendent stepped onto the stage with a picture book. It was Kobi Yamada’s What Do You Do With An Idea? What a fabulous book for this day! May we all swap ideas and settle on some new ones that lead down new paths!

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

I’m reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah right now, so my shadorma (page 68 of Dictionary for a Better World, today’s poetry form) is about this book. A shadorma is a poem written in six lines, with a 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllable line pattern.

westerners
during the Dust Bowl:
unopen
to migrants~
Kristin Hannah's The Four Winds
takes me down those roads

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*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at www.ethicalela.com, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.

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