It’s August 2022 and this year we will be on campus, not hybrid, and we can learn in one classroom again. Throughout my 33 years in education, no year is the same just as no child is the same. I taught when we only had a few Apple IIE’s in a closet in our pod where students raced to insert a floppy disk to play The Oregon Trail. The graphics were not that evolved from the yesteryear of Pong and other Atari games. Now we have a 1:1 iPad program with instant access to each other and the world around us.
Some things haven’t changed ~
The stillness of a hallway just before the first person arrives at school each morning which also might be same as the solo walk out to the parking lot long after the sun has set.
The thrill of getting off campus, a break from the daily routine, and the opportunity to immerse ourselves in our community.
Face to face conversations with colleagues who brave hurricanes to experience the outdoors at Camp Hanes with our students. Sleeping on a bunk bed with a room full of 6th graders who whisper and giggle throughout the night while rolling over on squeaky plastic mattresses is not for the faint of heart.
A learning community
Creating with collaboration
Taking risks and pushing ourselves
Problem solving and determination
Choices and chances
There are many things to be grateful for each year.
What is something you are grateful for this year?
A few weeks ago in school we went to Camp Cheerio. All of the activities were fun. One activity we did was the zip line. We also went on a mud slide and got very muddy. Another fun one was the rock climbing wall and the vertical playpen. One day we went canoeing on the second oldest river in the world. The hike was tiring but the view was very pretty. The cabins at Cheerio were nice and it was fun at night to whisper and talk. I loved Camp Cheerio.
Photo by Mrs. Donnelly
On the iPad there are many fun things to do. The thing I am going to talk about is an app called Skitch. Skitch is an app that is also on the laptops and the other Apple computers. I use Skitch for drawing, especially for my history comic that I am doing. The book that I’m reading is called The Ghost of Tokaido Inn. I am using Skitch and Comic Life, the program Finn is using for Finnotopia, to do my history comic. I also draw basketball strategy on it. That is how I use skitch.
The Cav is our school’s newspaper. It is on EduBlogs and currently, I am in it. It is a club that meets every seven school days during school. It’s where we write articles about life at our school, reviews of books, how tos, etc. It would be great if you could check it out. The link is below:
Photo taken by: Cole D.
The Cav Homepage: