This summer has been wrought with excessive weather: severe heat and fires in the south and west, earthquakes and hurricanes in the east!
How are YOU? I hope you have faired well...
Do you have a story to share?...Have these issues impacted your schools and students, and the start of the school year?
My district has official opening Sept. 1...we were without power earlier in the week, but have already been informed that many of our students suffered flood damage (since a river flows throught the center of our town) to their homes and may be needing some extra TLC, and perhaps help with new school supplies.
Personally, due to Hurricane Irene...I was without power, water, toilet etc., for 3 days. I prepared well though, and kept my fridge relatively empty prior to storm...so food loss was minimal. Compared to what many other have suffered that was not bad at all...just a bit inconvenient. I suppose my greatest irk was inability to "connect" and use the Internet...which delayed my response in welcoming a couple of our new members.
My thoughts and prayers are extended to all who are still struggling...all my best...
Hi Marie and others! No natural disasters on my end, but over the summer I moved to Australia for my husband's new military assignment. It is winter here and has been quite chilly. School over here starts in February, so I missed out on the beginning of the year excitement in August.
Marie, sounds like you prepared yourself well for the hurricane and are taking care of your community.
I am living in the capital city of Australia, Canberra, which is a diverse population because of all the Embassy and government jobs. Back in Phoenix, my ELLs mostly spoke Spanish as their home language. Over here, there are many Asian languages. From what I can tell, in the States it seems we provide more support to our ELLs as compared to over here.
Have a productive school year!
I just logged on for the first time this year. I read Marie and Tammy's interesting email. Marie, is there any way that we could help your school? I have lots of extra books that I don't need. I would be glad to send them to you.
I haven't been participating much because I have an unusual group of ESL students. They are not immigrants although some of them may end up staying in the U.S. to further their studies. My students are high school age classical musicians. This year I have students from China, Peru, and Korea, a weird mixture.
I am going to try to use apps with them to practice language skills. If you're interested, I'll let you know how it goes. Our school is going to be a 1-1 laptop school next year. They write their assignments in Google docs.
Hope things are going better for you, Marie.
Thank you so much for your generous offer! All is fine now...One of my students spent the first couple of weeks of school, out of state with family, since their house was so flooded. But our district's schools didn't suffer any dammage.
Many other school districts in NJ suffered...a recent article in NJEA Reporter identified Monroe Twp., Pequannack Twp., Denville, Pompton Lakes and Wayne. Teacher association members and other groups banded together to help families in distress.
Your students may be out of the ordinary, but are probably very disciplined learners, since they are musicians!
Please keep us posted on your progress - since I imagine we would all like to hear more.
I thought about introducing apps, but most of my students are early elementary, and struggle with technology if left to work independently. We are certainly headed in the technology direction, since there are proposals indicating annual standardized testing will soon be completed on computers, as well.
My year has also been off to a busy start, too! All focus has been on assessments, baselines, and data to inform instruction. I wonder how everyone is doing with that in their districts.?
Once again, thanks for your kind offer...Marie