Summer was all about family, rest and quilting for me. And it was lovely.
But there are times and seasons and it is now easing into fall and school. We just finished our second week. The first week is all high emotion and nerves and settling in. You remember how it is… The second week is all about Opening Camp. If you have been with me for a while you know about this tradition.
We take the entire middle school–grades 6,7, and 8 (about 180 students ages 11-14)–to the woods for school. The experience starts at school on Wednesday with introductory activities and classes. After school the 8th graders and some teachers go to the camp site to set up and have a leadership retreat of classes and service to prepare for the younger students the next day.
The younger students and the rest of the teachers get on busses at school and join them Thursday morning. We are all together for more learning, experiences, fun and games until Friday afternoon when we all return to the school tired, dirty and successful.
Then we all go home with a weekend to recover.
Yes, it is probably crazy, but we have done it for several years and believe it is worth the time, effort, cost and fatigue.
I love my job and am privileged to work with great people and such good students. It makes it all worthwhile. I regularly say that, next to being a wife and mother, being a teacher is the best job I have ever had.