Thanks @colbysharp for the great idea for a regular reflection post!
Last week I loved: International Week!
It was International Week at BBIS and this is a time that students and staff love. Having it the week before break was great (and challenging).
5. Green Day- On Green Day the whole elementary school is outside cleaning up. We walk and talk with our buddies (ours are 3 and 4-year-olds) and enjoy doing something to help the environment (the weather was great!).
4. Move-a-thon- The whole school EC-grade 12 meets up for a sponsored walk/run. The elementary school has used the proceeds to donate to a local soup kitchen and a camp in South Africa that provides camp experiences for children affected by AIDS. It was great that so many students brought in donations they collected.
3. Parade and Lunch- on Friday we all dress to represent a culture/country we identify with and then strut our stuff on the cat walk. We also enjoy a delicious lunch that the families prepare.
2. Global Read Aloud- this continues to be so fun for my students. This week we were thrilled that the video Kate Messner posted answered one of our questions. It has been great to see how connected the kids are to the book and the author. They are also excited when they hear a class mentioned that we have connected with.
1. Culture Rotation Day- Our theme this year was water and on Thursday we traveled in mixed age groups to seven different rooms in small groups. The parents really outdid themselves with the great experiences we got to have. My group traveled to Denmark, Mesopotamia, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and Czech Republic. The kids had a great time and learned a lot too. I really loved the time that I got to spend with my own class sharing what they had liked and learned- the enthusiasm was contagious.
Now it is break and I am enjoying a different pace. The last thing we did in class before we said goodbye on Friday was share how many books we thought we would read over the break. I celebrated break by going to a book store (I bought 3 books and read 2 others there).
This week I hope to read lots, complete an online course, and write a resume. As usual there are other errands and jobs that need to get done, so who knows if all will be completed, but I am going to try to stay up for Title Talk tonight (hey, it is break and our clocks have fallen back, so it starts at 1 AM here- I might be able to stay awake!). Happy Sunday!