Here’s a sneak peek into my classroom this past week...
Ere Zij God
We begin every morning with singing. We usually sing three or four songs which are chosen by the students. On Monday morning, one of the students chose the Christmas carol ‘Ere Zij God’, or ‘Glory to God’. This was unusual not only because we were in the middle of January, but also because none of the kids know Dutch.
I had to bite my cheeks to keep from smiling as I suggested we sing the English version of the carol, but the students insisted that we sing the carol in all of its Dutch glory. And so we began our week with ‘Ere Zij God’.
Winter is a great time for board games. A group of boys in my class pulled out Risk two weeks ago and are still playing. The rules have been modified somewhat and alliances have been forged. Recesses have become intense strategy sessions. For those of you who are not familiar with this Risk, the point of the game is world domination. To achieve this end, players must build up their armies and strategically attack continents and take over countries.
Risk games usually do not last for two weeks. Because of their huge armies and their intricate alliances, one false move will plunge the entire board into a total war. I have a feeling they will have a déjà vu moment when they study the causes of World War I.
The board is so full of little plastic armies that you can’t see the borders of the countries anymore. Reagan and Gorbachev would be in awe of this arms race. I’m waiting for the final battle to happen and am expecting it to happen sometime late next week. It will either end with an epic struggle or they will simply run out of playing pieces. Hard to say.
High School Day
The students have been very excited for ‘high school day’. The middle school will be spending the day in the high school wing where they will be experiencing life as a high school student. Why are they so excited? You would think it would be because of the change of scenery, the new classrooms, the high school gym, the science lab, or the high school style classes, but you would be wrong. They are the most excited about being allowed to have their shirts hanging out. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Never a dull moment.