Marking Time and Papers!

The end of school is drawing near, and the teachers are just as excited as the students.  Many of us teachers have exams all prepared and scheduled.  Mine sure are!  Having exams ready to give lowers my stress level.

Making a final exam is not as easy as it may sound.  I don’t want to give a huge test; instead, I want to sample several topics I think students should have the vocabulary to write about.  There is a second part to the test for students to speak the language.  I asked my students for topics they are comfortable discussing, and I will choose from those.  Once they know what to work on, they can be prepared!

Warm Fuzzies

With Christmas vacation (not HOLIDAY BREAK!) a day away, I am starting to feel warm and fuzzy.  Not necessarily about the kids or the family love, but just a general warm fuzzy happy feeling when I think about not working for a few days.  🙂  I also get happy when we have time to watch a movie.

One of the students was kind enough to bring one today, so after the work was done, we were all ready to sit and enjoy ourselves.  I must admit—I enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon 2 as much as any of the kids!  I want to see how it ends tomorrow!  For me, that’s as warm and fuzzy as it gets.


After spending almost all day in classes and putting my lesson plans on the school website, it dawned on me—-we have to go back again tomorrow….and Friday and all next week! WHAT????? REALLY????? The kids feel the same judging by the comments I heard. I know my own teen was not excited about returning to school. Summer vacation was simply not long enough. Enough said.

Guinea? Amazing!

Weekend Bloggy Reading

For some reason, a name I hadn’t thought of in years popped into my pointy little head this evening. I decided to use Google to see if I could find a former colleague of mine. We met many years ago when I taught Spanish in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was from Cuba and got a job in “my” school (inner-city Charlotte). I always thought she was a nice, well-educated lady, and I admired her language skills. Long story short: I found her online!

I clicked the links supplied by the search engine to discover she is now teaching and running a school in Guinea! Amazing! She is volunteering to serve God by ministering to the needs of the most innocent in a seldom-remembered part of the world.

Anyone who knows me well knows I have a deep, abiding love for travel. Reading her posts on the blog makes me want to pack and go there to DO something. Something that really matters. Something that makes a real difference in children’s lives.

I believe that people cross our path in life for a reason. I’m going to give her post some serious thought over the next few months. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not ready to quit my job and move to Guinea, but what would it cost me to ponder volunteering some time during the summer to making one corner of the world a better place? Instead of asking myself, “How will it benefit ME?” I will be asking, “How can I help THEM?” I challenge you to do the same. Let’s take time to do a “mental inventory” of skills we have that might be put to good use serving others. I am including the link to the blog in case you want to check things out.