It is very hard to believe that this is the week of Thanksgiving! We will be spending time today taking advantage of the unusual warmer weather by putting up the outside Christmas decorations; today’s high is supposed to be around 70 degrees, whereas the high on Friday is expected to be around 35 degrees. Such extreme change is temperature is, unfortunately, rather typical for the Midwest.
I am busy making my Black Friday Christmas lists. I enjoy looking at the ads early online (the site that I use is here, although I think there are several different ones available), but I will also purchase a Thanksgiving Day paper and scour the ads on Turkey Day. I will not get into the madhouse crowds of Walmart or Target (although I may choose to take advantage of a few online specials), but I will most definitely visit some of my favorite haunts like Half Price Books, Kohls, and Michaels. How about you? Do you participate in the bedlam of Black Friday or do you prefer to sleep in and relax?
I have spent most of my free time this week grading narrative papers from English Comp and writing my own narrative for NaNoWriMo, but I did sign up for my first photography course at Big Picture classes. It is called Picture the Holidays and I look forward to the daily emails which will help me focus on the moment during this hectic, stressful time. Have any of you taken a class from them?
They also offer several scrapbooking and journaling classes, which I might look into in 2011. I have scrapbooked for several years, and when I mentioned my current projects and ideas last week, Trish of Love, Laughter, and Insanity asked if I might consider writing a post on that topic. I was actually a scrapbooking consultant for several years before beginning my career as a teacher (in fact, I am convinced it is because of my scrapbooking business that I was offered my first teaching job) – and while I do not consider my strengths creativity and design, I do have a few tips that I can share regarding organization and getting started. Perhaps I will find the time during Christmas break to write such a post.
The students, as well as the teachers, are ready for a break. As a result, classes are becoming less exciting and energetic and more a matter of endurance. We just need to get through tomorrow and Tuesday, and then we will have five days off to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. I did, however, have a terrific class in English Composition. It was one of those days when nothing went according to the lesson plan, and we all left on a high note. Let me see if I can recreate the bunny trail that led to a terrific second semester project:
- ME: looking ahead to next semester, we will have a major research paper to write
- Student 1: can we research on anything?
- ME: I’m not sure. I am thinking of it being a three-part paper: research a time period – research an author in that time period – read a major work of that author and analyze it – then tie it all together
- Student 2: can we do a movie instead?
- ME: This is English class, I think we will stick to books
- Student 3: I would rather write another narrative than a research paper
- ME: sorry, Charlie
- Student 3: I think I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo for scripts in April
- ME: great idea!
- Student 2: Can we write a script instead of the research paper?
- ME: sorry, Charlie. You must write the research paper. However, we might be able to write another narrative or possible script next semester.
- Student 4: If we write a script, can we film it?
- ME: sure – that is a great idea
- Student 4: how many scripts can we film?
- ME: well, perhaps all students could write a script and then we choose the two or three that we film together as a class.
- Student 4: I think we should have several genres like a horror, a mystery, a romantic comedy….