So I took some pictures. Just realize where the dirt is there was no road.
2. My high school reunion was a ton of fun, more than I expected. People looked very different than I remembered but a fair amount of time has passed since I last saw many of them. My friend from NYC still came in spite of Irene and she got out of town just in time the next day!
3. On Wednesday I had yet another First Day of School. You would think by now it would be old hat but the first day of school is still a special thing. This year was a bit different as I have some of the students again that I taught last year. It is also a class with a 2 to 1 boy girl ratio. We have switched to multi age this year and the jury is still out on that one. But we are also doing a bit of departmentalizing. Instead of teaching everything I am not teaching reading and I am teaching math twice a day. I LOVE IT! It is hard to be an expert at everything and put adequate time into planning so many things. This is one thing off my plate. I can put more quality time into planning my math lessons and I can refine it after I teach it the first time. I took a lot of time before school started to organize how I was going to make the two classes work and keep things separate. So far the time spent has paid off. I am already changing some things to make it go more smoothly. I love knowing all of the third graders and I already knew most of the fourth graders. It is all about those connections you make with the kiddos. I love having more teachers to share ideas with for the other areas. We are also doing a science unit together and doing different sections. I for instance will teach the habitat of the forest floor to all 4 classes at different times rather than teach four different habitats. Less planning and more of an expert! Works for me. I miss my old partner as she has moved to kindergarten and we worked really well together. I love the size of my class. It is quite small! So I am feeling like I have gotten off to a good start! Yeah!
Plus.....one of my students brought me - not an apple -but a dozen fresh eggs today. They have 17 chickens and made it sound like I might get eggs rather frequently! Can you say fresh eggs beat apples any day of the week!