Hmmmmm... not a lot to report on life. I feel like this past week flew with school starting. My daughter started 5th grade and really likes her teacher a lot! She is also excited that each student gets a laptop this year for school use. They borrow it for the year. Pretty amazing!
Day 22: Someone I would give up my life for without question
Obvious answer for me: my daughter. But, I can't even really allow myself to think about that.
Day 23: Most awkward first impression you feel you've ever given
I just don't know how to answer this one. I am sure that I have bungled first impressions, but none jump to mind. Gosh, I hope that isn't because I was so unaware that I'd screwed up!
Day 24: Something you did as a child that other people remember you for
Oh, this is embarrassing. It's got to be that I talked...a lot. I still do. People in my parents' generation remember that I could keep adults in their place by talking when I was quite young. I do try to stop myself, but I do a really bad job of it.
The first week of school is over! And what a week it was. In addition to all the craziness of textbook distribution (not my favorite part of the job) I also visited about 10 classrooms to do book talks to help students choose free-reading books. Actually, those were really fun since I got to talk about books and help students find the right book for them. One teacher was willing to go out on a limb with me and I created an online poll where, when I presented it to her students, they texted in their votes and we got instant feedback. That was really fun and felt a bit sneaky since cell phone use is banned on our campus. I think the students enjoyed that too!
We're starting a fun thing with our student assistants this year: I've created a blog and each week will post an assignment for them to do. They will post their response and comment on at least one of their peer's posts. I hope it works and is interesting for them.
Books and Reading:
Not a great reading week since I was crazy with work starting up again. I've got to find a rhythm for reading during the school year! I also realize that I need to be really careful about which book tours I say yes to so that I read what I really, really want rather than what I need to read.