Thursday, April 17, 2008

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference~Robert Frost~

There's so much left to know, and I'm on the road to find out.~Cat Stevens!~

Yesterday I took my kids on a field trip. Its actually a bug hunt field trip we take with two other classes. Although it seems a little crazy for me to lead a hunt for things im terrified of, i take them anyway. We go behind State School, back in the woods, where there is this really cool playground and lots of paths and roads out through the woods. We played on the playground then ate our sack lunches. It was time to head down the road to look for bugs. We all held hands and went on a great hike. It was a beautiful day except the wind was crazy so much so that i had to give out special instructions on how to pull there food out of there sack lunches quickly and place it on top of their sacks so as not to litter this place with our bags. So we are headed down the road. Iwatch my precious students holding each other's hands, laughing and talking. I tried to get them just to enjoy the hike and forget about trying to find bugs, but we would make a stop and turn over a log or a rock here and there. We had gone a ways and we came to a fork in the road. I stood before them taking the opportunity to tell them that they will come to places like this in their lives. They all listened as my assistant tried to squelch her laughter. We all made a choice as to which way we would go and went on enjoying our hike together. One of the boys said he saw a bear which made some of them want to go home. I watched in awe as some of my little sweet behavioral problems were leading the way for us and just couldn't wipe the smile off their faces. A good day was had by all.
On our way home we passed the jail and saw many orange suited men mowing and cleaning. I said, "Boys and girls, if you make good choices in life you won't have to wear orange suits." the bus driver got a good laugh out of it.

In six weeks my class will graduate and i will tell them goodbye and i can hardly bear to think about it. I was reminded how i felt the same way last year with my class and wondered how i could ever love another class...and yet here i am again.

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