Plan for the day

Happy Thursday!  
Last week I wrote about why I love Thursdays so much.  I usually use them to catch up on all that needs to get done (lessons, laundry, bills, cleaning, laundry and then usually some laundry).
All photos are from our recent production of "Esperanza Rising", original script based on the novel by Pam Munoz Ryan.  Photos taken by a parent.
Today I will be at school most of the day, as we have International Day and my two Spanish classes are presenting some Latin folk tales.  Should be a fun time!
Then I have the usual Thursday faculty meeting and THEN I need to stay after school with my colleague.  No, we don't have detention.  We need to prepare for our end-of-the-year Expedition Night!
As I've mentioned, the 7th and 8th graders have studied immigration all year long.  Next Thursday, we will transform the lunch room into a museum space, with lots of student work on display, photos, quotes and reflections, as well as our version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" -- all the questions will have to do with immigration!
Our final product will be a book filled with our work from the year:  narratives from the point of view of Ellis Island immigrants; immigration myth busters, researched in History class; reflections on our presentation of "Esperanza Rising", our school play that dealt with the plight of migrant workers; the stories of modern-day immigrants, based on interviews we conducted this semester; maps of the countries represented in the interviews; and reflections on how we as Christians should treat the "other".  We've invited all our families and the families of our interviewees, as well as the school board to come and see our work.
What do you think?!  For a NO BUDGET production, I think it was AMAZING!
I am proud of the work we've done this year; the children have learned so much, and have changed so much as a result of our studies, readings and adventures.  The funny thing is that there is so much else we could have done!  My colleague and I definitely need to take an hour or two at some point to debrief the year, and think about what we loved and what we would improve next time.
I will be sure to share here the final results of our Expedition Night.  Until then, I'm going to be up to my eyeballs in final drafts, photocopies, glue stick and black foam board!  


  1. Great Work Kit!!!! You are a wonderful wife, mother, teacher, and daughter-in-law&love


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