I ROASTED A MARSHMALLOW TO PERFECTION THIS EVENING. If you aren’t aware it is crazy hot this week, so after school, I grabbed as many Offspring that were cooperative and went to my parent’s house for a swim. My parents are fairly awesome and don’t mind a random late-Tuesday-afternoon drop in. We swam and discovered that since it is late September, they weren’t running their pool heater as much. So we froze for the first five minutes in the pool, and then enjoyed no longer being hot. The best side-effect of swimming at my parents is that my mother has a compulsion to feed my children. As a result, I also get fed. The Boy then suggested S’mores and thus we roasted marshmallows. I was very proud of my golden brown marshmallow with only the edges singed. My family was less impressed. Me: This marshmallow should go in the hall of fame! My Dad: Apparently, the hall of fame is inside your stomach. Whatever. People don’t always appreciate art.
Speaking of art, I introduced my folded paper project to my reading students who genuinely reacted with a collective, “OHHHH” as I unfolded the book. When I told them they would make it today they couldn’t believe it. And then we made them. No one cried. No one got so frustrated they lost their tempers. Everyone was eventually successful. It was unprecedented. Now, we will be adding pieces of information to these books over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to see them finished.
We are reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for this unit. Well, not the whole book, but various, random excerpts from it. This book is challenging even if you are a solid reader because much of the language is archaic. I’ve read the book, and it paints a clear picture of who Tom is. This unit is focused on character so it makes sense to focus in on a lively character like Tom. However, we are only experiences small snapshots of Tom, and I wish that they could tackle the whole book. One of my students beautifully read the first paragraph to our story today. “That was really great.” I told her. “but what happened in the story?” She shrugged her shoulders. “I can read the words, but they don’t make sense.” True story. I told them that I would act as an interpreter as they read.
We had choir practice after school which is a pretty great way to end a work day. I was telling a friend of mine who teaches in a different district about our choir. “Are you serious?” She responded. “You get to be in a choir?” I wish I could have seen her face when I explained that a grant is paying us to sing in a choir. Life is pretty good.
It is supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. Can you imagine? September 26th and 101 degrees! It is a bit much. I am so grateful that our air conditioning works so well. I used to teach in a classroom that only had a swamp cooler to keep it cool. I can’t imagine using one of those this week.
I don’t have too many profound thoughts, other than it is a good thing to living in community. It is a good thing to spend your days trying to find ways to encourage and support everyone around you, and it is a good thing to spend your days with children as they struggle to learn and grow. It is also a good thing to toast a marshmallow until it is a beautiful, perfect, golden brown.
Keep moving forward,