Thursday, April 19, 2007

What a difference a day makes

I am teaching in a different school today -- the school of the outdoors. I took my class to a YMCA camp about 75 miles north of our school on the edge of a national forest. Before we left, I was tense, worried, to put it bluntly, stressed to the max. We left our helicopter parents (you know, the ones that hover) behind and took only those who were experienced campers and decent chaperones. And I'll admit it, with each mile away from school I felt the weight of the world get a little bit lighter.
There is a sense of magic about camp. Kids who are difficult between the four walls of the school building often find that the outdoors is their ideal classroom. Children who struggle with long division can be experts at steering a canoe. Pre-adolescents find their social pyramid tipped sideways and upside down and begin to see each other in a different light.
This trip is time consuming, tiring, and a lot, I mean a lot of work to prepare, and requires many personal sacrifices on the part of the teachers and their families. Due to my upcoming job change, this will be my last sixth grade camping trip. I can look out the cabin windows, fine-tune my ghost story for tonight's campfire, and say yes, this was worthwhile.

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Blogger Joy said...

I think i might do a "community photo album" on the back page just like they do ya know, to fill space and all

4/19/2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger Club 166 said...

I'm glad that you got outdoors, but jealous at the same time.

I'm also surprised that the ice has actually melted in the great white north. Don't fall out of those canoes!

4/19/2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I didn't fall out -- but I took pictures of a couple of kids who did! And yes, the lagoon water was c-c-c-cold.

4/20/2007 9:16 AM  
Blogger Maddy said...

Helicopter parents - nice terminology.

4/20/2007 8:12 PM  

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