The Strawberry Story: A Story of Courage

30 11 2011

Here is a story to remind ourselves of the fears we have and the courage we can have. Share this story with your students and children. After the story are some quotes about courage.

 The Strawberry Story

There was a monk who lived in a small village in the jungle with a group of other monks. Each morning this monk would go out into the jungle and gather fruit for the other monks to eat for breakfast. One morning this monk went into the jungle and was beginning to gather fruit when he heard a sound behind him.

He turned around, and saw . . . a tiger.

Not wanting to be breakfast for the tiger, the monk slowly began to creep away. But the tiger saw the movement, looked up, and began to walk towards the monk. The monk began to walk faster, and the tiger began to walk faster. The monk began to run as fast as he could, but the tiger began to run also, easily gaining on the monk. Suddenly the monk burst out of the jungle and found himself standing on the edge of . . . a cliff.

He turned around, and saw the tiger behind him, reaching through the bamboo with his claws. And in this moment the monk decided it was time to take a risk. He saw a vine lying on the edge of the cliff, and he grabbed tight to it with both hands and jumped off the cliff . . . The vine held! And the monk began to climb down the cliff.

He was halfway down the cliff when he heard a sound below. Looking down, he saw . . . a tiger at the bottom of the cliff! The monk said: “Wait a minute. Either that’s the worlds fastest tiger, or . . . ” and he looked up and saw that the tiger at the top of the cliff was still there! Now there was a tiger at both the top of the cliff and the bottom of the cliff!

He clung to the vine, trying to decide what to do. As he was thinking, out of a small hole in the cliff right above where the monk was holding onto the vine, poked the nose of a very tiny mouse. It smelled the vine the monk was clinging to, leaned out, and began to nibble at the vine right above where the monk was holding onto it . . .

In this moment of crisis, the monk saw something. Growing out of a crevice in the cliff right near him was a strawberry plant, and inside of it was the biggest, most luscious strawberry he had ever seen! And this is what the monk did – he reached out, grabbed the strawberry, plucked it, ate it, and . . . here’s the key . . .he ENJOYED it!

Now it happened that just as the mouse finished nibbling through the vine and it fell away, the monk found a tiny ledge to cling to. He held onto it for so long that the tiger at the bottom of the cliff got bored and went away, and the tiger at

the top of the cliff got bored and went away. Very slowly the monk made his way back on up the cliff, through the jungle, and back into his village in time for supper. While they were eating, the monk told the other monks what had happened to him that day. They all smiled and said they were glad that he was safe. The monk thanked them, and then said: “Yes, I too am glad that I am safe. However, you know how we all try to learn something each day?” They all agreed with him.

“Well, I learned something today.” said the monk.

“What did you learn?” they all asked.

“Too often I spend all my time worrying about everything that has happened to me in the past (the tiger at the top of the cliff). And too often I spend too much time worrying about what might happen to me in the future (the tiger at the bottom of the cliff). Or, worst of all, I spend too much time worrying about the nibbling, nagging worries of each and every day (the mouse). And when a true strawberry in my life comes along, I forget to pluck it, eat it, and most of all . . .

ENJOY it!”

“So not only should we wish for many strawberries in our lives, but also the wisdom to know they are there – to pluck them, taste them, and fully enjoy each and every precious moment.”

Courageous: Taking Responsible Risks

“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.”

Kobi Yamada

“There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for.”

John Keating, Teacher in Dead Poet’s Society

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little past them into the impossible.”

Arthur Clarke

“We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.”

John F. Kennedy

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”

David Lloyd George

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.”

William Jennings Bryan

“Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered,   you will never grow.”

Ronald Osborn

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

Elbert Hubbard

One must work and dare if one really wants to live

Vincent VanGogh

“Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.”

The families of the Challenger Space Shuttle Crew

“It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Looking back on my life, I wish I’d stepped forward and made a fool of myself more often when I was younger? Because when you do, you find out you can do it.”

William Sessions, Former FBI Director

Only when we accept full responsibility for our lives will we have the confidence and courage to risk.”

Stacy Allison, first American woman to climb Mt. Everest

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”

Frank Scully

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.”

Anonymous





Motivating Children with Praise

28 11 2011

Some Basic Suggestions for Motivation

Start with where the child is to find out reasons for lack of motivation

Try to transfer motivations

Use successive successes– catch them doing something right ?

Use anticipatory praise

Recognize accomplishments and encourage attempts

Frequency in praise is more important than duration or amount

Vary the way you praise

Importance of investing in personal relationships

Though the goal is intrinsic self-motivation we usually must start

with extrinsic motivators

 

Giving Praise to Children

Children need positive attention in the form of subtle and overt praise. Praise comes in a variety of forms, and should be used to affirm positive intellectual, social, and physical abilities. Follow these seven guidelines on when and how to praise a child.

BE SPECIFIC When your child paints a picture, rather than offering a judgmental form of praise–“beautiful picture”–offer a more detailed description of the child’s work: “Look at all that blue paint on your picture, I love it.” Your specific comment says you took time to notice his work. This form of praise is particularly meaningful to the child.

AFFIRM REALIZED EXPECTATIONS Before you board the plane to visit Grandma, you tell your 3- and 5-year-old children that you have two expectations for the flight: (1) that they keep their seat belts buckled for safety (except when they need to go to the bathroom); and (2) that they whisper so as not to disturb the other passengers. During the flight, as the children adhere to each expectation, praise them: “You’re doing a really good job.” And once you arrive, in earshot of your children, express your pride again to Grandma.

OBSERVE NEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS Your child just learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle. She runs into the house with the exciting news. In addition to giving verbal praise, “Way to go, I’m proud of you,” go outside and watch your child demonstrate her new skill. Your observing presence underscores your verbal, “good job.”

PRAISE BABY STEPS TO ACCOMPLISHMENT The first time your child writes his name, any gross approximation deserves a posting on the refrigerator. Don’t wait for perfection to deliver a dose of praise. Say, “I see you wrote your name, let’s put it on the refrigerator for everyone to see.” Notice that you’re not saying “I’m proud of you”; your child will nevertheless feel your pride from your action.

And please realize, this is not the time to point out a backwards “b” or an uncrossed “t”–that would be criticism. Wait until the next written attempt to try teaching your child the correct letters. Even though the first printing wasn’t perfect, with the parents’ recognition of the effort, the child just naturally works to improve. That’s the magic of praise.

NOTICE APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR FIRST Your child is learning to dress herself; she’s completed the task except for her shoes. How do you respond? Tell her, “You’re dressed: You put on your underwear, shirt, pants, and socks. Good for you.” Pause and then say, “Don’t forget your shoes.” The parenting adage goes as follows: First notice what a child is doing that’s correct, right now; then point out what she needs to do next to complete a task.

OFFER UNCONDITIONAL PRAISE In addition to celebrating your child for the appropriate behaviors she exhibits and tasks she accomplishes, don’t forget to honor her for absolutely no reason. Out of the blue, tell her, “I’m glad you’re my kid.” And when you’ve had a tough day of parenting, close it with, “Sometimes I get angry for what you do, but I always love you.”

GIVE PRAISE THAT SERVES YOUR CHILD’S PURPOSE The most meaningful kind of praise a parent can deliver comes when a child is trying to accomplish a task that is part of her developmental repertoire: an infant banging an overhead toy, a toddler learning to stack blocks, a preschooler diligently trying to dress himself, a school-aged child mastering multiplication, a teenager managing the responsibility of driving.





Whose Class Is It, Anyway? Motivation in the Classroom

28 11 2011

From Education Illustated

As a teacher , don’t you simply LOVE staff development workshops? Some people do, and many people actually loathe such events! It is probably not because those educators do not want to learn new techniques or increase the effectiveness of their instruction. There is likely a valid educational reason why these workshops may not be enjoyed by many teachers.

For instance, think about the role of the educator from day to day. The bell rings?the door closes?and they are in charge of the room for the entire day. In fact, they must be in charge for things to run smoothly and properly facilitate learning. When you walk into an inservice, someone else is suddenly taking control of your day. That is often not a comfortable transition.

If the facilitator of the staff development were to give you some say in how things were run, you might feel more comfortable. The same is true with students in the classroom. Nobody wants to be told what to do all the time. Are there times where the teacher must decide what happens in the classroom and when? Yes, absolutely! It is worth exploring, however, how you can effectively transfer some ownership of what is happening to the students. This tip will do exactly that…it will provide you with a starter list of places and ways you can give learners some ownership in the learning environment. We hope this list will get you thinking and encourage you to experiment. You just might be surprised at the difference in classroom management difficulties as well as the increased level of participation!

Twenty ways to transfer ownership to learners:

1. Give learners a choice on the length of a break

2. Provide a bank of homework or test problems and let the learners choose which to complete

3. Occasionally allow learners to choose their groups

4. Provide a list of assignments to pick from

5. Provide a list of project or discussion topics to pick from

6. Show the planned activities for the day and let learners vote on the order they will take place

7. Freedom of choice in the seating arrangement

8. Ask learners to help plan a sequence of lessons and activities

9. Let the learners have a choice in HOW to respond to some questions, skit, paper, presentation, etc…

10. Let some learners present material with which they are comfortable

11. Give the learners a chance to “personalize” materials by doodling, drawing on, or decorating

12. Let learners present a review lesson for learners who were previously absent

13. Provide time for learners to produce and choose where to hang visual materials in the classroom

14. Let learners arrange the room

15. If the learners had been talking in groups about a list of terms, for instance, let them choose what order to discuss them

16. Provide multiple strategies to solve a problem or handle a situation and let the learners choose which to use. Better yet, encourage the learners to create their own solutions!

17. Ask learners how many evenings they think they need to complete an assignment and honor it as the due date

18. In advance, let learners help plan how an assignment will be assessed

19. Be frank and TELL the learners that you would like to provide them with some ownership, then…

20. Ask the learners how you could help provide more ownership in the classroom!

You may be surprised at the power of some of these techniques!

Some of these techniques require careful facilitation on the part of teacher but they are well worth the effort. One of our favorite quotes is:

“Don’t let your ability to CONTROL a class overcome your ability to TEACH the class!”





Making Math Fun for Students!!

28 11 2011

It is wonderful that two of my beloved colleagues (Geri Wilson and Kenney Jeffries of Shadow Hills Elementary) have expressed their views on the importance of math in the Idaho Statesman Schools section.  The title of the article was Help Kids Master Math and it was there that they offered tips to help students retain and learn number skills.

 

“Idaho kids”, says Bill Roberts of the Statesman, “never test better in math than they do in fourth grade, Statewide test scores show a frustrating decline in math beginning in fifth and going through 10th grade.  ?.Lots of people are looking at what can be done to reverse the trend.  But you don?t have to wait for the experts.  We talked to fourth and fifth grade Boise teachers about what parents can do at home to encourage and nurture kid?s math skills.”

 

Shadow Hills teachers Geri Wilson and Kenney Jeffries shared some wonderful ideas such as:

1.     Make math relevant and real

2.     Hand our some numbers and have kids create word problems

3.     Make a budget by having them decide  how to buy things

4.     Quick math quizzes in the conversation for fun

5.     Get cooking by showing math while preparing food

6.     Play with fractions by asking life questions that uses fractions

7.     Toss the dice by playing games with dice

8.     Look for patterns

9.     Have kids take measurements

10. Play math games

 

Here are some more Ways to Make Math Fun says Kathryn Martinez! of http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1106.html

 

Math can be one of those really challenging subjects to get the kids to see the fun in. Below are some of the fun things that I?ve done with my children to get new math principles across:

 

1. Why do I have to learn this anyway? — How many times have you heard this? One way to combat this is to have your child to find as many different examples as they can of how math is used in every day life. Examples could be: —balancing a checkbook —games (even professional games like football, basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.) —using money —cooking —cutting a cake or pie into equal pieces —sewing —building a house —planning a vacation, road trip, budgeting, etc.

 

2. ?Geometry is stupid! And I?ll never get it!!? — I felt this way myself a few times. —Let your child look for geometric shapes around the house, playground, grocery store, or other areas. Make a chart or list of the findings. —Give them some graph paper and see how many different geometric creations they can create. —Watch a woodworking show or check out some wood working books at the library. How do the craftsmen use geometry?

 

3. ?What the heck is a ratio?!? ? Ratios were used more earlier in history when literacy wasn?t as prevalent as it is today. It was used for packing a musket gun. It was used in recipes. It was the method that pharmacists used to make their medicines up. —make up a prediction, such as ?I think that one out of every five kids at the playground between noon and one will be wearing a hat. Make up a plan to check your prediction then carry it out. Compare your prediction with the results.

 

4. What better way to show off your math skills than to plan a party? Decide how many people you are going to invite. How much food will you need to order or make per person? Figure out the budget for your party and how much you are going to spend on food, party supplies, etc..

 

5. Design a piece of playground equipment. Use geometry, symmetry and measurement. You can even make a scale model using clay, balsa wood, wire, or other construction materials.

 

6. Draw your house or bedroom to scale. Or, design a new house or bedroom.

 

7. Graphs: Keep track of the weather, the foods you eat, how you spend your time, or other activities. Plot a graph using this information.

 

8. Fill a container will jelly beans, m-n-m?s, cottonballs, popcorn kernels, etc. Have a contest to see who can most closely guess the number objects in the jar. The can measure the container, measure one of the kinds of objects in the container. This can teach the concept of volume.

 

9. Make up a secret code. Write a secret message in that code and then let someone else figure the code out ? or you can give them a key to work with.

 

10. Use metric measurements to measure: —your height —the length of your arm —the length of your foot —your weight —the dimensions of a room — the temperature indoors or out Now make these same measurements using standard American measurements. Compare the differences in measurements.

 

There are many things you can do to make math a fun part of your school day. The more you do, the more you will think of.

 

Here are some fun websites for parents and for kids to explore that will help kids master math……..

math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/index.html

www.coolmath4kids.com

www.aplusmath.com

www.mathsisfun.com/

www.genkienglish.net/maths/

users.tellurian.net/teach/mathfun/

www.gnarlymath.com/gnarart1.html

 





Traveling Quotes

24 11 2011

Don’t take life too seriously…no one comes out alive
– Elbert Hubbard

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving
– Lao Tzu

He who knows that he has enough, will always have enough
– Lao Tzu

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth.
– Buddha

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
– Lao Tzu

We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope
– Edward Abbey

My greatest skill has been to want little
– Henry David Thoreau

Always do what you are afraid to do
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
– Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
– Helen Keller

We will not cease from our exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
– T.S. Elliot

Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.
– Pico Iyer

Not all those who wander are lost
– JRR Tolkien

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will lead you there
– Unknown

A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles.
– Tim Cahill

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty & well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’
– Hunter S. Thompson

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
– Miriam Beard

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
– Eleanor Roosevelt”

All things considered, there are only two kinds of men in the world: those that stay at home and those that do not.
– Rudyard Kipling

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
– Confucius

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.
– Paul Theroux

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
– Aldous Huxley

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
– Rudyard Kipling

And forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
– Kahlil Gibran

Nobody comes back from a journey the way they started it.
– Unknown

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”
― G.K. Chesterton





Humorous Questions that make You Think Twice Part 2

20 11 2011

Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?

Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

Are part-time band leaders semiconductors?

Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawnshop?

Day light savings time-why are they saving it and where do they keep it?

Did Noah keep his bees in archives?

If a person owns a piece of land do they own it all the way down to the core of the earth?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why is it called Alcoholics Anonymous when the first thing you do is stand up and say, ‘My name is Bob, and I am an alcoholic’?

Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?

If croutons are stale bread, why do they come in airtight packages?

Why does mineral water that ‘has trickled through mountains for centuries have a ‘use by’ date?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp no‑one would eat?

Is French kissing in France just called kissing?

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, ‘I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out’?

What do people in China call their good plates?

If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

Do jellyfish get gas from eating jellybeans?

Do pilots take crash courses?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4′s”?

Do stars clean themselves with meteor showers?

Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

Have you ever seen a toad on a toadstool?

How can there be self-help “groups”?

How do you get off a nonstop flight?

How do you write zero in Roman numerals?

How many weeks are there in a light year?

If a candle factory burns down, does everyone just stand around and sing “Happy Birthday?”

If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his Walkman?

If athletes get athlete’s foot, do astronauts get mistletoe?

If blind people wear dark glasses, why don’t deaf people wear ear muffs?

If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of?

If space is a vacuum, who changes the bags?

If tin whistles are made out of tin, what do they make fog horns out of?

If you jog backwards, will you gain weight?

Why do the signs that say “Slow Children” have a picture of a running child?

Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE

Isn’t making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool?

If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea…does that mean that one enjoys it! ?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?!

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racecar is not called a racist?

Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety one?

f lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys              deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaner depressed?

Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use?                          Toothpicks?

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don’t they just put their               pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?

If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag?

If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

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The Insanity of the English Language

18 11 2011

1)  The bandage was wound around the  wound.

2) The farm was used  to produce produce.

3) The  dump was so full that it had to refuse  more refuse.

4) We  must polish the Polish  furniture.

5) He could lead  if he would get the lead  out.

6) The soldier decided to  desert his dessert in the  desert.

7) Since there is no  time like the present, he thought it  was time to present the  present.

8) A bass  was painted on the head of the bass  drum.

9) When shot at, the  dove dove into the  bushes.

10) I did not object  to the object.

11)  The insurance was invalid for the  invalid.

12) There was a  row among the oarsmen about how to  row.

13) They were too  close to the door to close  it.

14) The buck does  funny things when the does  are present.

15) A seamstress and a  sewer fell down into a sewer  line.

16) To help with planting,  the farmer taught his sow to  sow.

17) The wind  was too strong to wind the  sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear  in the painting I shed a  tear..

19) I had to  subject  the  subject to a series of  tests.

20) How can I intimate  this to my most intimate  friend?

Let’s face it –  English is a crazy language. There is no egg in  eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor  pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t  invented in England or French fries in France .  Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which  aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for  granted.. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find  that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are  square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor  is it a pig..

And why is it that writers  write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce  and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is  teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One  goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index,  2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make  amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of  odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,  what do you call it?

If teachers taught,  why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats  vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?  Sometimes I think all the English speakers should  be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.  In what language do people recite at a play and  play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by  ship? Have noses that run and feet that  smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat  chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise  guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the  unique lunacy of a language in which your house  can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in  a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm  goes off by going on.

English was invented  by people, not computers, and it reflects the  creativity of the human race, which, of course, is  not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are  out, they are visible, but when the lights are  out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t  ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

 You  lovers of the English language might enjoy this  ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps  has more meanings than any other two-letter word,  and that is ‘UP.’

It’s  easy to understand UP,  meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list,  but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake  UP  ? At a  meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why  do we speak UP  and  why are the officers UP  for  election and why is it UP  to  the secretary to write UP  a  report?

We call UP  our  friends. And  we use it to brighten UP  a  room, polish UP  the  silver; we warm UP  the  leftovers and clean UP  the  kitchen. We  lock UP  the  house and some guys fix UP  the  old car. At  other times the little word has real special  meaning. People stir UP  trouble,  line UP  for  tickets, work UP  an  appetite, and think UP  excuses. To  be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed  UP  is  special. A  drain must be opened UP  because  it is stopped UP. We  open UP  a  store in the morning but we close it  UP  at  night.

We seem to be pretty mixed  UP  about  UP! To  be knowledgeable about the proper uses of  UP,  look the word UP  in  the dictionary. In a  desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP  almost  1/4th of the page and can add UP  to  about thirty definitions. If  you are UP  to  it, you might try building UP  a  list of the many ways UP  is  used. It  will take UP  a  lot of your time, but if you don’t give  UP,  you may wind UP  with  a hundred or more. When  it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding  UP.. When  the sun comes out we say it is  clearingUP.

When  it rains, it wets the earth and often messes  things UP.

When  it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry  UP.

One  could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it  UP, for  now my time is UP, so……..it is time to shut  UP!