This bear (part of one of our new mosaic panels) expresses quite well how I felt for most of the first week of this residency.
On the positive side, I think I finally kicked the bug, the kids are doing great, and I am looking forward to the second week and having fun rather than just trying to crawl my way through each day. I even got my skis out this afternoon to take advantage of Wednesday night’s 4-5″ of new snow.
There’s one odd thing about being here this time of year. I go to school in the dark, work in the building all day, and by the time I’ve wrapped up it’s dark again. Between the fog of being sick and not having really SEEN my surroundings I feel really disoriented. I am looking forward to the weekend for sleeping in, doing some exploring, and finally figuring out just where the heck I am!
It is always interesting to walk into a community and a school as a stranger. I am fascinated by the different societies in each school as well as within each classroom. Some groups surprise me with unexpected maturity for the grade level; others can’t do work I would have expected to be easy for their age. I never know how much has to do with individuals, the group dynamic, or the teacher in charge, but it’s always interesting to see. Too bad we can’t go back in time. I’d love to watch -oh – my OWN 5th grade class.
Then again, maybe not.