Mr. Falkman's Webpage

  •  island  Welcome to my new classroom website!

     

    I will be spending some time getting everything together but would appreciate any suggestions along the way.

     

    There are many areas to the website that I know you will find great value in. My goal is to make the website not just a tool for me, as the teacher, to connect with parents, but also a learning tool and resource for the students.

     

    STARTING from fish-shape Paumanok, where I was born,  
    Well-begotten, and rais’d by a perfect mother;  
    After roaming many lands—lover of populous pavements;  
    Dweller in Mannahatta, my city—or on southern savannas;  
    Or a soldier camp’d, or carrying my knapsack and gun—or a miner in California;          5
    Or rude in my home in Dakota’s woods, my diet meat, my drink from the spring;  
    Or withdrawn to muse and meditate in some deep recess,  
    Far from the clank of crowds, intervals passing, rapt and happy;  
    Aware of the fresh free giver, the flowing Missouri—aware of mighty Niagara;  
    Aware of the buffalo herds, grazing the plains—the hirsute and strong-breasted bull;   10
    Of earth, rocks, Fifth-month flowers, experienced—stars, rain, snow, my amaze;  
    Having studied the mocking-bird’s tones, and the mountainhawk’s,  
    And heard at dusk the unrival’d one, the hermit thrush from the swamp-cedars,  

    Solitary, singing in the West, I strike up for a New World.

    Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

    Starting from Paumanok