I have now been living in Sacramento for just over six months. At first I wasn’t sure if this was a good move for me. But the longer I am here, the more I am loving this place. I do not think I have ever lived in a place where people are so nice, so happy, so open and genuinely love where they are. The happiness quotient is contagious.
On January 21st, I walked with fellow teachers and friends in the Women’s March. Amazing. Such good, positive vibes. Inclusion and support was the energy of the day. I loved being a part of such a great crowd of people wanting the best for everyone.
I am still in love with my school as well. I just returned from a week at the Marin Headlands with my 5th grade class. We hiked and bonded and laughed and learned. It was good to get to know the kids in a different atmosphere and to be out along the beautiful California coast. We had amazing weather and were happily exhausted each night.
My after-school writing class is going well too. The kids are so creative. They are now developing a variety of stories and getting them ready to submit for possible publication. This summer I am going to be teaching two creative writing classes at Sacramento State University. I love teaching and supporting creative thinkers.
My 5th graders just finished a unit on the American Revolution – our culminating project was a musical. It was really fun – all done acapella. Now we are working on the US Constitution and Bill of Rights – which brings up so many issues right now. We are also gearing up for a Human Rights assembly. My kids will be doing a rap/song/chant to a song by Colby and Awu (from Cameroon) called “Change the World.” They’ll be singing acapella again, using their cubist paintings from art class as props and – via their t-shirt color – ending in a colorful rainbow. Should be fun.
The official last day of winter is March 20th – just over 3 weeks away!
Happy end of February.