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I continued to celebrate my son, daughter-in-law and grandson coming in to help me celebrate my birthday last week. (I wrote about the surprise last Saturday.) They left on Monday evening. It was a grand weekend!
I just returned from my staff retreat yesterday. We go to a mountain resort each year for a Thursday evening to relax and have fun together. We were in a beautiful place about two and a half hours south of Denver, way back in the mountains. We had snow in the night, and loved the sparkle in the morning. Awesome sky, too!
We spend Friday sometimes as a group for one theme, sometimes doing different activities as we did yesterday. I spent the morning with a group being led by a botanical artist, giving us ideas in how to enhance our teaching of this kind of art to our students for field journal work. One page of "practice" is shown here! The celebration is in the "note-taking by sketch" for future lessons! It was a full morning of good learning!
|the leaf, blind contour, rubbing, contour detail, labels|
In the afternoon, I chose to watch the film "The Race To Nowhere, The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture" and discuss how much the issues shown apply to our school, and if so, what are the next steps to change behaviors in order to alleviate the problems. It is an alarming film, but I'm glad to have seen it finally, and we had a productive discussion afterwards. I love that our staff discusses important topics and works hard to use them as catalysts for change in our work with students.
It was a good week of teaching too, lovely students groups and talks with teachers. I am celebrating!
Don't forget to stop in tomorrow where I will share my review of one of the Jacqueline Wilson books being introduced to the US this week! It is another celebration, too, and this time the publisher, Random House, is giving away an IPad Mini during the blog tour.