Wednesday, March 19, 2008

E3-D (My Second Favorite Class)

There are only four students in my E3-D class (third grade level), which is part of why I love that class so much. Perry, Gene, Lucy, and Emily are four of my best students; they are lovable, smart, eager, and downright funny. Every day with them is a pleasure because they try so hard and enjoy every activity or game that I plan for them. As a result, I teach better, and leave class each day feeling pleased not only with them, but also with myself.

Emily and Lucy are eight and the boys are nine. The girls insist on carrying my supplies to class for me each day, and then Perry usually carries them back after class. After class, the girls always wipe the board for me. Is it any wonder I love these kids?
In case you're curious, that two-fingered sign you see all the kids doing is not a peace sign (like in the USA); it's the "V for Victory" sign from WWII. Apparently, Koreans liked it so much they decided to keep doing it! Almost every picture you see of Koreans has at least one person making the victory sign.
Perry and Gene, my goofy boys.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"