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.
It was a snowy Wisconsin morning in the 30 degree range. All three RCAA advisors accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge that was brought forth yesterday during an ALS presentation.
Ahoy! Today was national talk like a pirate day. Mr. Jobb made it the whole morning doing so, and nearly lost his voice. It was also election day around RCAA. Two officers and three representatives were elected to student council after our assembly this morning. All candidates did a wonderful job giving speeches. We are proud!
Woo hoo for a new school year! Things have been a bit wild the last couple of days, but it's clear we're going to have a marvelous school year. Your advisors (and a few students) were relaxing after 3:00, and someone noticed the chocolate covered bugs among Ms. Watson's critter collection. Of course they were opened-- and eaten. YUCK! I refused to partake-- even when Tommy offered me five bucks.
Tomorrow is a noon dismissal day. Don't forget to set up a ride home!
Mr. Jobb, Mrs. Watson, and I are at the WISN PBL retreat in De Pere, WI. We spent our morning looking at schedules for next year, online portfolios, service learning, and expeditions. These were all exciting topics (to your teachers, anyway), and we got SO much done.
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!