Back in my RCAA days I did a passion project example. My topic? Stage Fright. I learned a ton! But when it came to the final product-- I failed. Big time. I could NOT sing in front of adults. Just the thought of being heard by my two co-teachers made me want to cry. I never performed the song I wrote ("A Whole New Term"), and I felt like I let down the student who accompanied me (sorry Michael).
Fast forward a year, and I'm teaching 5th grade. Guess what you absolutely CANNOT be afraid of with 10 year olds? Making mistakes. I made tons. Every day. Every hour. Mistake after mistake. Learning opportunity after opportunity. In the end, I learned more in one year of 5th grade than I probably did in the previous three years put together.
So, to my 5th grade darlings (and all the darlings I was too afraid to sing in front of), here is a sneak peak of "Not a Show." I sang this COLD. Like-- I turned on the iPad and just went with it. No practicing. No previewing the lyrics.
Frankly, my voice stinks. It cracks, I mess up on lyrics, and I think I laugh at one point. You can hear the air conditioner on in the background. You know what doesn't stink? Learning. And after practicing this the first time, I'll work on it some more (maybe get some help from the choir teacher). Then I'll record it again. And again. And eventually--- BAM! It'll be awesome.
I'm doing a project this term! Check out this page to see the progress.
I just got home from the Dominican Republic today. Already my schedule is filling with all kinds of preparation for the new school year. How did it go so fast?!?
My third mission trip El Almirante was incredible. Our team constructed 12 bathrooms, held workshops for the kiddos, gave vaccines to over a hundred children, and began a new library for the community. My favorite part is still getting to play with and get to know the children. There were three little girls in particular who called me their American Mama and wanted to come home with me. It broke my heart to say goodbye until I can return next year. My sponsor child, Daniel, is doing well. I got to bring goodies to him and his little sister when I visited his home.
A weird side effect of working with children in another country is that I start to miss the kiddos at RCAA even more. I wonder how your lives are going over the summer recess. Well, I hope. Have fun, rest, play, relax, and enjoy. We have all kinds of things to look forward to next fall.
I'll be back tomorrow, at least for half a day. Surgery went well; I'll be fully healed soon. Please make sure you are working hard to get your projects finished. We are running precious low on class time. Summer school recommendations went out last week.
Thank you to Rhe-Anna for bringing me the world's best zucchini bread. Somehow the number of visitors to my house increased once I put a photo of it on facebook. I had to hide half a loaf in my cupboard so it wouldn't get eaten up on me.
I stuck the group hug photo below, too. My students are marvelous.
Baby Aiden has arrived! My newest nephew is adorable and has hordes of dark hair.
Happy Birthday, little man!
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!