Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
As of Thursday at 3:45 pm, I am officially on Spring Break :) Yay!
It's hard to be sad about not going anywhere for break when I just spent a week overseas. I'm good with a Stay-cation.
Most years we don't do much for Spring Break. I'm fine with it. We either stay home or go to our cabin. It's not warm enough to go there yet since we don't pay to heat it. It would be too cold and no one wants to go back to school on April 13 and be sick. Especially not me since I am the state testing coordinator in my building and it's pretty vital I am there for questions and support. Mr. Principal is available too but let's be real....he is often in meetings or observing or dealing with students who need a moment. It's smart to have a classroom teacher who can be a support too.
It would be even better if I had a student teacher right now but what're you gonna do? :) Everyone kind of panics about this test but I'm not. It's just a test. And for now at least it matters very little to my evaluation so I'm not going to stress it. My kiddos have practiced on the sample items Michigan released and it gives me pleasure when they turn to me, smile and say, "hey we did this with you!" and feel some confidence. That's what matters to me. I don't want my kids to be stressed.
So we decided that we would not ruin people's break with a meeting about the test. Instead we will jump to it when we return (because 5th grade starts the 14th). I decided it was more than fair to let everyone have their break and we can panic and stress when we come back (not that there is a need to panic).
We will spend most days here at home this week. Might take a couple excursions to local places but mostly....just chilling. I'm all about that. I need to finish up this grad course so I can enjoy my Spring Break from being a student too (that's in two weeks).
All in all, it'll be relaxing and relaxing. Just what I need before the strain of the last few weeks of school and the testing.
Posted by Raye at 1:20 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The school itself is extremely charming in it's design with a "bee nest architecture" (their description) and hexagon shaped rooms. The classrooms are very, very small (I would say my room is easily triple the size of any of theirs) but they do not waste any space AT ALL, utilizing the hallways for multiple purposes and ensuring that no excess space is going unused. It was quite interesting. I have been adamant for quite awhile that I would like to start my own school and this school provided me with much inspiration to what I would like my future school to be like. Who says I can't bring Finland home to Michigan? :)
Come along as I show you how they do things on the other side of the Atlantic pond.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Husband insists I am an international super star. Sure felt that way this morning when our tour dropped us off at the airport. Only 4 of us went to the first terminal and the other 13 were going on to a different one. They clapped when we got off the bus ;)
It was truly the most amazing trip. I could be European. In fact, I had a man ask me for directions and I felt quite sad when I had to admit I had no idea how to direct him because I'm American. :D (Do you enjoy my more formal English?)
What a trip. I have some great goodies for my kids and got a souvenir for the fabulous sub who has been me while I have been away. She will also be me tomorrow for jet lag purposes. Additionally I did not bring my laptop on this trip, only my iPad so it was a huge pain trying to do any school work. (Fortunately my professors have been amazing about it once I told them where I was.) So much of tonight (after seeing my kids and hubby of course) will be spent on homework and likely a good portion of tomorrow as well. Gross. Not how I'd like to end this vacation but whatever.
Then it's three days of school and Good Friday so no school and then spring break. We are going to the new aquarium in Michigan. It will be awesome to spend a whole day with my family after missing them this week.
About an hour until my plane takes off and then 8 long and boring hours on the plane (where I will alternately sleep and read for class) and then hugging my family!
Posted by Raye at 3:24 AM
Thursday, March 26, 2015
We have had such an amazing time here in Helsinki! Today is our last day here and we will be getting on the ferry in about 30 minutes and heading to Stockholm.
It's been so, so amazing here. We visited the University of Helsinki Department of Teacher Education, an amazing primary school with a wicked spiral staircase, and a daycare. Their "kindergarten" is ages 1-5 and preschool is 6 year olds so backwards from the USA.
I have learned so much and am sad to leave. The next couple of days in Stockholm will be less teaching focused but that's fine. I have had a blast and I'm so glad I came.