Wednesday, April 13, 2005

It's hump day...

Whew! We're more than half-way through the week. Thanks to the The Education Wonks for their concern and for their work on the weekly Carnival of Education. I am feeling better. Sometimes it just all comes at once, ya know.

We are plugging along at school. The kids have been a bit restless. This is due to a number of reasons:
1. The weather is absolutely fabulous.
2. This stretch between Spring Break and Memorial Day is the longest all year without any kind of holiday, professional development day, or some other sweet relief.
3. The Advanced Placement exams and the state standardized exams are coming up. So, there is quite a bit of tension preparing for them. It also means that we are in the part of the year in which no assemblies, no field trips, or any other activities distracting from the normal school day are allowed. Things get a little montonous.

Fortunately, exciting units are on their way. In U.S. History we are working on the Cold War, with the Cuban Missile Crisis coming up on Monday. In World History, they are almost finished reading their book and we will start the French Revolution on Monday. It's the best of units, the worst of units.

In other heart-wrenching news: I got a new student today. It's late to be coming to a new school, but that is the least of her problems. BOTH of her parents were killed in a car accident last December. She was hoping to finish out the year at her old school but there was no one in that state that she could live with, so she's moved to our area to live with her aunt. She's seems very nice and also bright, in what I could tell in one day. On her assignment today, she alternated answering every other question in pink and blue. She dotted the 'i' in her name with a heart. Speaking of hearts, I think she ripped mine out...

Like posthipchick, sometimes the broken kids are the easiest for me to love.