Friday, February 29, 2008
back to school #3
Confession #1 - our district and most suburban schools in our county were on "mid-winter recess" - a week of vacation - during the week of February 18. It gave my family a breather after my father-in-law's funeral on the 16th. During vacation, I made a lot of greetings cards - 20 birthday party invitations for my daughter's 7th birthday party next Saturday, about 20 thank-you cards of various shapes and sizes for family and friends. Art therapy.
Confession #2 - instead of blogging (i.e. writing as well as reading and commenting), I indulged in internet a) shopping, mostly browsing, but some buying, and b) Facebook. Internet therapy.
Confession #3 - going back to school after a week of vacation was a welcome distraction from family life. All week, I dreaded grading projects that were done in my absence the week before vacation (I was out 2 days for scoring state exam papers, and then 2 and a half days of bereavement leave), but I used SSR (silent sustained reading) time today to sift through papers and chase down delinquents, and I managed to grade most of the projects! (I know we're supposed to model reading, and I often do, but today wasn't the day!) I will take pictures of student-made dioramas (the good ones) and post here soon. We started our myths, fables, and folktales unit this past week, AND I brainstormed a good topic for upcoming research project. Work therapy.
Many thanks again and again to faithful fellow bloggers who offered kind words and thoughts.