We are officially done
with semester one.
You have only one
week left to be done
with your late or
Due by the 4th.
So get caught up
and please find out
what you need to do.
I am here to help...
I tried that poem out real quick, but who knows what you'll think of it. Not too worried though, because we are meant to take risks and try to make sense of the things in front of us. With that disclaimer, get that late or missing work turned in! I'm here if you need me.
How did that just happen? Seriously. All of the sudden we are here at the last day of the first semester. Does that mean we are halfway done? Halfway done with what? School, I guess. But are we ever really half way done with anything in this life? We can be finished with a thing, moving on from one project to the next, but are we never allowed to revisit those moments? Are they ever truly finished? Is our work ever really done?
We've figured this out this week for sure. We had our rough drafts finished and we spent all week creating final drafts using feedback and our own thoughts on our writing. And now they are finished... Right? I alluded to this last week, talking about how we can always attempt to "fix" something that doesn't necessarily need to be fixed, and I want to affirm that we are always going to see the flaws in what we are oh so proud of.
Can we finish the work? Are we halfway done with thinking critically, in challenging the world around us, our own thoughts and perspectives? No. This is a lifetime commitment. Evolving, changing, altering, fixing, changing some more, and making it sound just right, just in time for you to scrap the whole thing and start over.
We will never be halfway done, not until we are completely finished.
This week has been really busy with all the testing and creating we have been doing. I just wanted to take this time to let you know that you don't always have to be perfect.
It is easy to stress over tests and essays, but I have found that when you just take a couple minutes to slow down and take a deep breath it is easier to feel good about saying, "I'm finished. This is finished. I can send this out, and wait for it to come back to me when it needs to." That doesn't mean we need to just work through the motions and turn in whatever we get to. This means that once you have put the hard work into creating your essay, you can stop, let it go, and wait for Tuesday to get some of that feedback you need from your colleagues.
Rough drafts are meant to be rough. You should have all your thoughts put together, structured in the best way that works for you, but you are not making it perfect. This is your chance to get your ideas out in the world, and get that oh so very important feedback.
So sleep easy, worry less, and breathe full and deep. Relax. It is going to be okay.
After two very long, yet very short weeks, we are back in the thick of it all. I am so very proud of all of you for jumping right back into our work. We have started on our newest vocabulary venture, and we warmed up our speaking and listening skills through some really fun improvisations.
I know how difficult it is to just be apart of something so distant, something forgotten, or lost along the away. But I believe that we as a group have created a strong enough community, a sense of one another, our needs, and the needs of our class. Because of this our week went smoothly and we were able to get a whole lot done.
And isn't that what it is all about? Being together, working together on this planet, allowing our perceptions to be altered by the understanding of others and their perceptions, this is how we grow, how we learn, how we change our minds, change others' minds. This is how we change the world.
Keep up the amazing work. And yes, you can change the world, but we have to do it together.
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.