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Former elementary teacher, middle school teacher, educational director in an arts-in-ed org. and adjunct professor in the School of Education, department of literacy and childhood studies. My specialty is designing imaginative and experiential curriculum for students of all ages as a master teaching artist. 

One of my greatest joys and passions was to share my journey with my teacher candidates, helping them to bring the joy of learning to their own students as I did with mine.

And, as a writer, poet and wordsmith, I apply language to a page in the hope of painting a landscape for my readers. 

I also wrote for a while for an online journal at http://www.examiner.com 

Of greater importance, is my desire to read and soak up as much as I can from this lovely venue that appears to be filled with such beautiful and fertile minds.  

Robin Grosswirth

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  • View From the Cell Block
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    View From the Cell Block

    16 months ago

    Bullies come to power and rule through fear, not respect. Bystanders are weak and support bullies because they do not wish to be the next target. Bullies can be found in every branch of life & agency.

  • Lady with the Salt and Pepper Hair
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    Lady with the Salt and Pepper Hair

    17 months ago

    An unveiling is a time of redemption and forgiveness.

  • Father, "His Life"
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    Father, "His Life"

    17 months ago

    The saga of a life is subdivided into evolving stages that sometimes surprisingly unfold into a beautifully orchestrated symphony, albeit the struggles and challenges that tether us to the ground.

  • On Mothering
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    On Mothering

    17 months ago

    Good mothering should never be overlooked, as it is the supreme measure of a person to nurture well her own offspring. In carrying out this most important job, we get to bear and usher in good agency.

  • Eulogy: Jacqueline
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    Eulogy: Jacqueline

    2 years ago

    My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”-- Mark Twain Mom, you are in transit to your new home. Knowing you, this place will become "yours" and you are not alone.

  • My North Star
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    My North Star

    3 years ago

    As sentient beings, we require high order connectivity. Without which, we cannot survive. Finding one's North Star is paramount to survival, generating new life into a once soiled existence.

  • Yoga Mat and Classroom, Places of Learning
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    Yoga Mat and Classroom, Places of Learning

    3 months ago

    We come to the yoga mat to honor what we know, but to also open up space to see what we can learn (Maria Lumholtz). As in yoga, the classroom is also a fertile environment in which to grow.

  • Son of Mine
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    Son of Mine

    3 years ago

    Hope humanly wrapped in one's living DNA. Our children, the living legacies of our time here on earth.

  • The Art of Reawakening
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    The Art of Reawakening

    3 years ago

    Like Sleeping Beauty, a kiss can be the conduit of a reawakening. It has the power to bring life back into a festering psyche and body, and to generate new life once again.

  • Inquiry into Self-Reflection: Who Am I? Nassau BOCES Approved Literacy Initiative
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    Inquiry into Self-Reflection: Who Am I? Nassau BOCES Approved Literacy Initiative

    3 years ago

    Today, we are huge consumers of personal data via social media. Interchange between human agency has been altered dramatically due to the online presence we all share (our digital footprints).

  • A New Day Comes
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    A New Day Comes

    3 years ago

    Life is a series of day to day happenings and on this we build the legacies of our unique journeys. Some trails are fraught with challenges while others basked in love and acceptance.

  • The Legacy of the Mimosa Tree
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    The Legacy of the Mimosa Tree

    3 years ago

    The first breath of spring is evidenced in the birth of the blooms around us. It is a time of awakening and rebirth for all mankind.

  • Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies
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    Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

    3 years ago

    While scouting for cookie ideas, I came across a recipe on the Cricut web site. This peanut butter cookie is out of this world and easy to make.

  • Recipe: Carob Date Spheres
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    Recipe: Carob Date Spheres

    3 years ago

    Who says you can't find a great nosh that is low calorie and nutritious? Try these carob date balls--sustain life while pleasing your sweet tooth.

  • Poem: A Democracy
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    Poem: A Democracy

    3 years ago

    Whether our candidate won or not, there is a time for the country to come together to heal and find a common ground. Within that context, we can move out of the darkness together. This is a meditation on uniting as...

  • Book Review: The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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    Book Review: The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    3 years ago

    Winter is a great time to curl up by yourself and take a journey without ever leaving your home or for that matter, your seat. Come and travel through time to learn about Victoria Jones, her struggles, her triumphs and...

  • Poem: Love Lost
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    Poem: Love Lost

    3 years ago

    Living in limbo is sad, like living on two different planets or in two different time zones. is it better to move on or is there something great to salvage? Love is a precarious game.

  • Poem: Betrayal
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    Poem: Betrayal

    3 years ago

    The truth will set you free. Betrayal is a crime and destroys precious trust which is the foundation of any real relationship.

  • Poem: Clipped Wings
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    Poem: Clipped Wings

    3 years ago

    Is our new reality to be fostered by this new wave of violence, rendering each of us helpless, bearing arms and changing who we are as a nation? Sadly, we mourn the innocent taken from this planet once again, this time,...

  • Poem: The Sparrow
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    Poem: The Sparrow

    3 years ago

    The sparrow is a tiny beauty of nature that in its innocence represents the sustainability of life and the freedom of spirit. They are formidable models for human existence and hope in a world that challenges us daily.

  • Poem: Nana and Papa: A Legacy of Love
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    Poem: Nana and Papa: A Legacy of Love

    4 years ago

    One of the most important roles given to us is the role of "grandparent." Grandparents have the ability to shape the lives of their grandchildren in many important ways. In particular, it is incumbent upon...

  • Poem: Buried Alive
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    Poem: Buried Alive

    4 years ago

    Perpetrators are united in solidarity by deceit. Innocent people can be harmed if they have no one to support them or befriend them. Many believe the lies of perpetrators because as sociopaths, they know how to cajole...

  • Lesson Plan: Hurricanes
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    Lesson Plan: Hurricanes

    4 years ago

    Learning must have a practical application and prepare students to enter a civilized society. Natural disasters like "Sandy," the horrific hurricane that unleashed her wrath on the northeast recently is an...

  • Poem: Sandy
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    Poem: Sandy

    4 years ago

    It's a miracle that I am here to tell the story. I have borne witness to one of Mother Nature's worst agents, a hurricane. Sandy overtook our town with forces not to be believed.

  • Poem: We Do Not Stand Alone
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    Poem: We Do Not Stand Alone

    4 years ago

    Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey (Vera Nazarian). Learning from others is a very powerful tool. And, passing sage wisdom is an eternal gift.

  • Poem: My Quest
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    Poem: My Quest

    4 years ago

    Your hopes, aspirations and dreams are your children. Carpe diem, seize the day. Life is not a dress rehearsal; go out and live your best life, your hopes, aspirations and dreams.

  • Poem: Sea of Uncertainty
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    Poem: Sea of Uncertainty

    4 years ago

    Every day is a gift. What is the dance you do with life and with yourself?

  • Examining the Holocaust Through Memoir, Diary and the Arts
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    Examining the Holocaust Through Memoir, Diary and the Arts

    4 years ago

    This is a course that can be used by a classroom or by an individual who is interested in furthering their understanding of this important part of history. It is my hope that people will grow in a positive way by virtue...

  • Lesson Plan: The Art of the Allegory
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    Lesson Plan: The Art of the Allegory

    4 years ago

    An allegory is a story in which people, things and happenings are transformed into the symbolic. Eve Bunting's depiction of the Holocaust is a fertile way to teach young children about horrific atrocities without...

  • Lesson Plan: Shakespeare via Rap
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    Lesson Plan: Shakespeare via Rap

    4 years ago

    Education,"as I view it, is a process of enabling persons to become different, to enter the multiple provinces of meaning that create perspectives on the works. ~~~Maxine Greene Learning can be a very beautiful...

  • Lesson: The Body as a Conduit of Literacy
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    Lesson: The Body as a Conduit of Literacy

    4 years ago

    Communication takes many forms. We as educators and people living in a civilized society must understand the "wordless" messages we give and receive daily. This is both a classroom lesson and one that can be...

  • Poem: Finding Love
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    Poem: Finding Love

    4 years ago

    This above all else, to thine own self be true (Shakespeare). Learning to love yourself is an important lesson.

  • Poem: The Voyeurs
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    Poem: The Voyeurs

    4 years ago

    Just yesterday in the news, we learned of an elderly woman who took a picture of a man in Central Park who was exposing himself. Little did she know that he lay in wait for her, eventually capturing his prey. We never...

  • Thank You to My Fellow Hubbers
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    Thank You to My Fellow Hubbers

    4 years ago

    I thank the community of hubbers for welcoming me in, taking me under their wings and for exposing me to the best writing I have ever set my eyes on. And of greater importance, for reading and supporting my work. This...

  • Poem: Who Will Cry for Me?
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    Poem: Who Will Cry for Me?

    4 years ago

    "When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions (William Shakespeare). "Each of us longs to feel wanted on this earth and supported, but sometimes life throws us a curve and we may ask,...

  • Lesson: Rice Across the Globe
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    Lesson: Rice Across the Globe

    19 months ago

    Rice as a thematic unit. Learning can be both interesting and tasty.

  • Bullies and Bystanders
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    Bullies and Bystanders

    4 years ago

    Bullying and revenge should not be part of any human interaction. Each of us can make a difference by becoming helping witnesses.

  • Poem: Taking Flight
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    Poem: Taking Flight

    4 years ago

    As parents, if we've done our job well, then the members leave. Empty nests aren't really empty, for we can infuse them with new life.

  • Poem: Second Chances
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    Poem: Second Chances

    4 years ago

    We have the power to grow ourselves or to squander our talents. Be the inspiration of your own second chance.

  • Poem: Isolation
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    Poem: Isolation

    4 years ago

    In the hurry of our days and in our lives, we need to take the requisite time to nurture our souls and to digest our lives. Are we living the life we planned? Or, must we discard those plans in lieu of a more...

  • Poem: The Healing
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    Poem: The Healing

    4 years ago

    What happens to us after we have been unjustly harmed and bankrupted spiritually? How do we heal? And, are we ever whole again?

  • Class is in Session: We Are All Special
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    Class is in Session: We Are All Special

    4 years ago

    In a world where everyone is desperately trying to survive amid the backdrop of an economic crisis, bipartisan angst and global unrest, we must remember that just being the best we can be individually is our best way of...

  • Poem: Ode to a Sentient Life
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    Poem: Ode to a Sentient Life

    4 years ago

    Those who abuse are weak and uncaring souls who need to exact their pound of flesh. They say, it is for your own good, but clearly, it isn't.

  • Poem: The Father
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    Poem: The Father

    4 years ago

    Fathers are as critical to a child's development as mothers are. A united front is the recipe for success.

  • Poem: The Lone Rose
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    Poem: The Lone Rose

    4 years ago

    Are you as delicate as a new rose bud? Well, you are not alone. The human species like the plant kingdom are both organic and subject to the many conditions thrust upon them.

  • Poem: The Butterfly
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    Poem: The Butterfly

    4 years ago

    Have you been encased in a hermetically sealed cocoon for too long? What are you moving toward? Or away from? Come fly with me.

  • Poem: On Creativity
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    Poem: On Creativity

    4 years ago

    What does creativity mean to you? To me, it is the air that I breathe.

  • Poem: The Chattel of Life
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    Poem: The Chattel of Life

    4 years ago

    Life presents many challenges. The road has many obstacles and it is incumbent upon all of us to devise a way to survive.

  • Poem: Ode to My Nana
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    Poem: Ode to My Nana

    4 years ago

    Nana, you have left a palpable legacy to me. You always treated me as if I were royalty and that I could do anything. Every child should have a helping witness to testify to their strengths, help them when in need and...

  • Poem: A Soul's Journey
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    Poem: A Soul's Journey

    4 years ago

    Are we the embodiment of past lives? “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” ― Albert Einstein

  • Poem: Coming Home
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    Poem: Coming Home

    4 years ago

    A life revisited, constantly morphing, seeking its God given right to be free without tethering. We must become the writers of our own stories.

  • Poem: The Horseman with Two Faces
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    Poem: The Horseman with Two Faces

    4 years ago

    The pull between good and evil is a universal struggle. Come journey with me and test the limits of your boundaries.

  • Learning and the Supreme Power of Motivation
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    Learning and the Supreme Power of Motivation

    4 years ago

    Break down the barriers that divide us as human beings through motivational lessons. Motivation is the impetus to learn.

  • Poem: A Rainy Day
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    Poem: A Rainy Day

    4 years ago

    A rainy day meditation on life. Free will, our God given right.

  • Poetry and a Broken Heart
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    Poetry and a Broken Heart

    4 years ago

    We are all human and we are exposed to challenges in life. How we express these hurts is as individual as we are ourselves.

  • Poem: Stripped of Humanity
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    Poem: Stripped of Humanity

    4 years ago

    Bullying kills the human soul, rendering it trapped within the confines of figurative bars. Anyone can succumb to being a human host.

  • Poem: Ode to My Lost Puppy
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    Poem: Ode to My Lost Puppy

    4 years ago

    The grieving process is the same whether you lose a family member or a pet. To me, my dogs have been valued family members who have made important contributions to my life and the lives of my children. This is an ode to...

  • Lessons: Art Imitates Life
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    Lessons: Art Imitates Life

    4 years ago

    Self-awareness is as important in the life school as it is in the schoolhouse. It is how we feel about ourselves and relate to others in our universe. It is also an important skill if you want to be a good communicator....

  • Poems: The Shifting of Tides
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    Poems: The Shifting of Tides

    4 years ago

    Meditation on moving forward, embracing change, in order to become the person you are meant to be. We encounter many roads and many people on this journey. Which road will you take?

  • Culture and the Classroom
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    Culture and the Classroom

    4 years ago

    The Quilt topic is a rich way to share culture in a classroom as well as being able to thread it across the curriculum. Rich experiences yield achievement.

  • Poems of a Life in Flux
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    Poems of a Life in Flux

    4 years ago

    Each of us has traveled through many difficult moments in life, but it is what you do with these experiences that count. Will you rise above or succumb to the weight that has been placed upon your soul?

  • Poetry: A Life in Transition
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    Poetry: A Life in Transition

    4 years ago

    Model being a writer yourself and break down barriers that hinder students from expressing themselves. Empower them to become authentic authors!

  • Learning and the Body
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    Learning and the Body

    4 years ago

    Movement is critical to the acquisition of language and ideas. Teachers who embrace this philosophy will see greater achievement in their respective classrooms.

  • Poetry, Music to My Ears
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    Poetry, Music to My Ears

    4 years ago

    Poetry as music. Poetry like music is related and using this model makes it the most relevant way to teach students to write and be generative.

  • Writing A Review: A Persuasive Argument
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    Writing A Review: A Persuasive Argument

    4 years ago

    Getting students to write a persuasive piece couldn't be easier using this delicious model. Have students go out and have fun and then write about the experience, persuading fellow classmates to go out and do the same.

  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Narratives Via Works of Art
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    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Narratives Via Works of Art

    4 years ago

    Narratives are all around us. Infusing the arts into learning helps students to become more generative both orally and in written text.

  • It's Elementary!
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    It's Elementary!

    4 years ago

    A thematic unit centered around the topic of dogs makes learning joyous and helps students learn across many disciplines. Brain based learning helps students to retain important information.

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