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A Teacher's Desk Photo :: May 2011

The following caption was mean to appear at A Teacher's Desk:

 

To continue the theme of my peripatetic "desk," here's a shot from our eighth grade retreat. That week, the class "got away" for four days to a house only about ten miles from campus where we could focus on capstone projects and graduation speeches while also enjoying some additional time together before everyone heads off to their respective high schools. Other activities included in this fully student-planned event were grocery shopping, sharing student-prepared meals (lasagna with handmade pasta, pot pie, chickpea curry, and portabello burgers), game night (of the video and playing-card variety), movie night (The Bells of Saint Mary and Driving Miss Daisy), bike rides, a scavenger hunt in Balboa Park, bus excursions, and tide pool exploration.

 

The view above (and another here) is from a short hike I took with four students. That represents some of my favorite moments from the week — small group and individual conversations with students or my teaching partner. Those chats offer an opportunity to listen and share, to bask in the uniqueness and brilliance of people with whom I have had the pleasure to share the past three years.

 

A bonus from the retreat came upon our return to campus where we were given a super-warm welcome by the seventh graders and met a glowing sub describing her experience with them. The following day I had a great discussion with tcsnmy7 about all that they'd been up to while we were gone. That afternoon we all (seventh and eighth grade) headed off to the beach where the conversation continued, including the creation of a "universal food list."

 

Previous caption for this photo: "The diagonal fits more coastline."

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Uploaded on May 13, 2011