Fall has begun! Today is the first day it’s truly felt like fall. It’s cool out and every single one of my students is treating this moment like it’s midwinter. They are all in jackets, closing all the windows in the classroom; they rush to get inside between classes, and are asking for a number of ways to describe this weather, this very dramatic weather. I actually quite enjoy how wimpy they are, because I too was doing the same this morning, minus asking Nich how to describe the cold weather in English. This first day of fall reminds me so much of Arizona. With the first sign of weather, every Arizonan is bundling up or down, buying the resources they’ll need to survive the weather, preparing, freaking out, and complaining. I am an Arizonan so all these things comfort me when the seasons change.
Today also makes the halfway mark of the Olympics. Nich and I have about 250 students each, but we see 80 of them four to five times a week (our 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th graders). Our 7th and 8th graders get to compete in the Olympics tomorrow. The 7th graders represent Libya and our 8th graders are all from Jordan. I am actually really impressed by what these kids have to research and learn about their countries. Naturally the high school students have to go into more detail, but our 7th and 8th graders knew about the economies, history, political issues, the social structure of the country, the sports the country tends to dominant at, and other facts. These kids having been working on learning about their countries off and on for about a month, they had to make posters about the country (which are the signs we saw them holding up in the opening ceremony). It’s quite impressive. So tomorrow Nich and I will go cheer on Libya, Jordan, Ecuador, America, and probably a slew of countries made up of little kids (which happened to be most of Europe, maybe it’s some sort of metaphor). The students get to pick a from the athletics section of the games, including running (100m, 200, 400m, 800m, 1500m), shot put, long jump, and high jump. Everyone seems pretty excited and if you win, you not only get fame, glory, and a possible contract with Wheaties, but there’s even awards.