The computer is back! I am back! Still can’t work all the programs but it will come. I feel an obligation to rip Harper a few more orifices before the 19th but he and the other Cons do such a good job of looking like idiots so much of the time, it feels that everyone must KNOW by now what nincompoops they are. The mere fact that so many Con candidates don’t show up for all-candidates meetings should be enough to convince any voters of their complete uselessness. They are opportunistic puppets who couldn’t care less about democracy, it is just a crap-shoot that might yield a high paying job for them. How this contingent of imbeciles ever got this far in our politics is absurd.
But I am starting with something more OTG first.
We have a small school up here. Maybe ten or so students spread over four or five separate grades. All of it under the supervision of one teacher covering two separate classrooms. She does a remarkably good job. The kids are great, full of energy and keen to ‘do stuff’.
To be fair, part of the success is due to parent participation which is very high – there is a parent assistant for almost every day school is in and, because of the travel-by-boat logistics, the school operates on a slightly more intense 4-day week. Teacher sleeps over in the teachers-cabin for three nights. But parent participation is not restricted to parents-of-children-in-the-school. Sal and I have taught several times this year.
Yesterday was our third day at the school in a once-every-Wednesday series on dispute resolution skills and techniques for the four oldest children. We explained the basics of mediation and negotiation and did some demos and had them do role-plays to try to include what they learned. They were great! They grasped the concepts and engaged fully in the exercise. It was fun and very rewarding.
Two of our city-friends were with us this time. They are here for a short visit. They came to the school, as well, asked questions and participated. They were impressed with the fun, energy and attitude of all the kids and the adults that were there. Because this was also a mom-with-tots Wednesday, the hallway and the classrooms were packed. A quick glance would suggest an estimate of ten adults and twenty kids altogether.
Think about that – remote, sparsely populated off-the-grid island, one teacher……minuscule general population and the school on Wednesday was like Grand Central Station!
When we published our book, the teacher asked us to speak to the kids about it and we did. That was fun. Until the class was over and the kids decided to share with us what they already knew about writing and publishing…which was more than we did! There were four older kids (since moved on to boarding-in-the-city high school) and they had published and were in the process of publishing more fan(tasy) fiction. FF is sorta like the TWILIGHT series….magic, romantic, supernatural, fantasy type stuff…… They each had a book out there and a few had two! And so we spent another hour learning from them.
Bottom line: the kids are good. We are old and dated. And the learning/teaching lines are blurred if not reversed. And all the adults that volunteer up there feel much the same way. FINALLY! After all these years, school is interesting. Took awhile.