And here's our full team above, left to right: Charles, Tanya, Sarah, Georgia, and moi.
The Saturday before school officially begins, we have a little open house for students and families to get to know where their classes are. Our superintendent gives a brief talk and introduces each department. It's a formal affair from the standpoint of the school. We are presented in hoods colored with our degree's official color, and we stand when our name is called. We did this last year too, but I didn't have my camera with me.
Last year I thought we looked more like members of Hogwarts. But this year, I felt more like a Jedi. Perhaps that says something about my state-of-mind going into the new school year . . .
The night before school started, I went out and got my toes done: blinged-out, I should say. Diamonds for all of the piggies. The kids loved it!
The first couple of weeks are perhaps a smidge boring in the art room, compared to mid-year when things are really taking off . . . So to keep things quasi-interesting, I have the kids organizing and personalizing their space. We outlined our essential agreements like we did last year. And then they went to town on their sketchbooks.
I took beautiful images of the students making whatever face they wanted to make. Then I printed them out in black and white.
They had to altar their image however they wanted and glue it with a decorated version of their name on the front of their sketchbooks. Then, on the inside I printed out several items for them to include inside their sketchbooks for easy referral: an acronym of the word artist, shapes containing their learner profiles, attitudes, and concepts, and a picture of the essential agreements we all wrote together. I also had them make a name tent for me to use throughout the year for seating chart purposes.
And to help with the greatness that this school year will be, I have bought a bike.
Since the very first day of school, Tanya and I have been riding to and from school. It's so amazing what it does for my spirit! I feel like a kid again! Especially when we get stuck in a major downpour (see below). It takes us roughly 15 minutes to get to school. Today Tanya was bringing cupcakes to a friend. We each hit a bump and the cupcakes went tumbling forth . . . We laughed and laughed and laughed! It was hilarious! In roughly 6 months, I will have paid for the bike in saved train/bus fees. And it's exercising, right?
PS: my bike has tassels. And it's absolutely priceless when the kids pass us on the bus or in their parent's car, waving fanatically!
Oh, and the whole graduate school thing . . . I have about 1,000 books to read before, oh, roughly March. And I should really read them twice to actually comprehend what is being read. So to help with that little hump, I am spending every Sunday morning in front of my pool . . . reading. What a novel idea! (It only took me 13 months to get down to the pool.)