February?! Say what? Where did January go?
Yesterday, my students were so excited when they got to school to tell me about the ice and a little bit of “snow” they were playing with. Yep – we had an awesome thunderstorm with hail! I guess some of it stuck around long enough for the kids to play with it! As I posted on facebook (that’s right – I had an “OMG I HAVE TO put that on facebook” moment), my life in Mexico is now complete! I miss thunderstorms and precipitation. That being said, I was very happy to see the sun come out today for the first time this week. Once every few months is a rain frequency I can deal with.
Going back to the first week of January… A new year, a fresh start. Goals, resolutions and all that crap. It really is true in schools because it’s a nice, lengthy break in the middle of the year. If there is any time to make changes, it’s upon return from Christmas break.
Today, the class finished their first round of learning centers. I was more excited for this than pretty much anything so far this year. Not only do I think it’s a great way to learn, but it’s also so non-stressful in terms of planning and teaching. I spent 2 days planning the stations and the rest of the week was pretty much done with a few extra lessons thrown in. I had my students fill out a “centers assessment”, but forgot them at school so I don’t know yet what the students have to say (though a brief skim told me that they like the easy stations and don’t like the reading station). I’m pumped to start planning the next round of centers!
Speaking of excitement – loooooong weekend!!!!!! No exciting plans, I’m just going to enjoy having the extra day added onto a normal weekend. A friend and I are hoping to go indoor climbing tomorrow. I haven’t been since I was in Kingston almost a year ago so I am very excited for climbing!!