ESL/GED classes have begun again so I am teaching on TTh nights once more. I have a smaller class this time, and mostly new students. I have to admit that I was quite bummed out to realize that many of my favorite students are working night shift this session so they will be attending the morning class. I really do miss them but I love my returnees and am enjoying getting to know my new students.
I had no idea that such a website existed but one of my cousins posted something on Facebook about DonorsChoose.org and I have become somewhat addicted to it. School teachers from all over the country post items they need for their classrooms or projects they would like to have funded, and individuals or groups make donations to help them achieve their goals. First off, I think it is a crying shame that school teachers have to pretty much beg the public to help them buy sometimes the most basic of needs like books, art supplies, music supplies, PE equipment and so on. The state of public education in some locales is just appalling. Most of the schools are classified as high or moderate poverty schools. I know that teachers, for years, have purchased supplies out of their own pockets so I am glad there's a way for them to get some assistance. On the other hand, I am ashamed that some school districts have so little money that they cannot buy enough books for the whole classroom, paintbrushes for an art class, or fans to keep a room cooled off enough so that the students can concentrate. If you have a few extra bucks, check out the site and see if there's a classroom project that resonates with you. You can sort by "lowest cost" to see which projects only need a small amount of money to be completed.
Guglielmo Marconi. (Hey, Suzasippi, he is wearing the apron you sent him from South Africa!)
KUCB did such a good job that we got a shout-out on Protect My Public Media's blog. If you click on the link at the very bottom of their blog, it will take you to our full album on FB and you can see lots of great folks from our little island town.
What's happening in your corner of the world?