Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The School Bell Is Silenced!

We finally got out of school yesterday.  Yes, it was June 25th.  I know that some of you have had kids out of school for a whole month already.  And yes, I hate going to school that late into June.  And yes, I know that's practically inhumane.  And no, we do not have air conditioning in our schools because it's New England and no one believes that in New England we actually need air conditioning.

But I also know that you very same people will be going back to school way at the beginning of August and I won't go until the end of August, so that's when I do my happy dance.  The kids don't go back until after Labor Day and even though it's hot and ugly, it only lasts about 2 weeks at that point.  Going back August 9th or so would actually kill me.  Dead.

There's a lot I could say about school being over but most of it isn't worth writing right now.  Since I'm moving buildings, I had to pack up everything I own and it made for a crazy end to the school year.  But, 37 boxes and two vehicles full of prized possessions that I can't leave to the hands of the movers later, I'm done, I have way too much to store in my house until I can bring it to my new building, and I hope the moving company won't lose any of my 37 boxes that I left in my classroom.

Because you know I will be on the phone with them daily until they find whatever they lose.

Now that I'm more free, I intend to get back to my daily posting although I seem to be dry when it comes to entertaining posts these last few months.  I hope there is much before me to scoff at and smirk about and hopefully some craftiness before me!  However, my sewing room is quickly becoming the holding area for the crap essential teaching materials that I brought home, so I might be sewing atop a pyramid of books.

So, as I begin my summer of "leisure", anyone who knows me knows that I can't even finish spelling that word before I 'm off finding something else to get into, I'll leave you with this.

At the beginning of the year, I asked kids to write what they thought the national foreign language standards meant and how they apply to their own lives.  I had the intention of then doing the same thing at the end of the year to compare but we know what happens with good intentions....

The standard says something about using language outside of the classroom and why it's important.  See, 12 hours after school is out and I can't even state the standard for you.  This student makes it pretty clear, I think:

I totally agree.  I have many jobes in the summer, one of which is working at our campground.  Whether I want to or not, I find that I mite haft to speek French because that's the language their speaking when they are from Quebec and "they" are the custimers, so I have to speek what they speek.

I will refrain from reminding you how old the students are that I teach.  Let's just say it's not kindergarten.

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  1. I'm a teacher too, and at the beginning of summer, I'm always full of anticipation for all of the projects I'll accomplish. This morning I realized that July is almost here, and I haven't done much! I found you through the Meet and Greet Blog Hop. Come visit me at Blue Plate Sundays. I'll be back!

  2. My kids don't get out until today, but we start after Labor Day in my town. I like it better that way.


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