It's May, the days are longer, and it is warmer, thank goodness! I am getting ready for several adventures, one even before school ends!
This year, through unusual circumstances, I've been asked to take over a class of upper intermediate students (mostly 5th-6th grade students). Their core teacher is taking a new job out of school education and must leave us this early. He is a wonderful teacher and we will miss him very much. I am starting to be in his classroom this week for two days, and to do my real job the other three days. In fact, when I taught the older students, he was the overnight, experiential trip teacher that helped me plan my fall and spring trips. The very first week I'll be full time with the class is on their overnight, and it is a trip I took several years ago with this teacher and my earlier class. Circles in life! And it happens that his assistant was mine before I retired from the classroom. Circles!
It's rather like a last time to have a classroom and I am excited. It's much harder work being a teacher full-time in a classroom than being a literacy coach (although that has its challenges). I am happy to have this opportunity, but do not want it full-time! We will be camping for a week in the mountains in Carbondale, Colorado (near Aspen), staying and working at a farm that grows its own everything. It's know as Sustainable Settings, and the students will get to plant for spring, gather eggs, help with the llamas, etc. They've been studying energy-related topics all year, and doing further work in that topic is the goal. When we return, I'll have one and a half weeks for all those endings, portfolios, parent open house, last day goodbyes, you know how it goes. Busy, but oh so exciting, too.
|This is like the place where we'll be!|
And the first adventure this summer is that I'm attending the All-Write Conference, and will get to see Ruth Ayres, Lester Laminak, Penny Kittle, and Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, among many others, like some of you slicers for the first time, at least in person! I am thrilled to go, and so look forward to it. If you can come, early registration stops on May 13th. Please let me know in the comments if you are going to be there!
There are a number of other exciting plans for this summer, to be revealed another day! I hope you're planning some adventures this year, too!
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