23 August 2001
Still light out
Hyvaa itaa, (Good Evening,)
We just got back from a 75-minute walk and errand to get lawn mower fuel. We
have had a couple of these adventures, when we plan a thirty-minute walk and it
turns out altogether different than expected. It is a gorgeous evening; the sun
is out with puffs of white clouds in the sky. I am enjoying the evenings; even
if it has rained during the day it clears by 2030.
I feel I am teaching more to a middle school schedule, because I have other
teachersí children for P.E., Arts and Crafts, and Ethics. Plus, with a 45-minute
teaching block and a break, it forces you to think in subject areas. There
are pros and cons to teaching this way. One is that you canít let the subject
drop. Sometimes I have something especially related to teaching reading that
takes longer than expected, so my P.E. might get dropped. This, of course,
horrifies our daughter, Natalie, who teaches Physical Education. Most children come to school
with the attitude, it is a place to learn. This is very refreshing.
The Fulbright Finnish Coordinators have arranged a two-day workshop in
Helsinki for all seven of us that are teaching in Finland, so we can share about
our experiences so far. They will help us with things we might need some
advice on. We will fly Thursday morning, 30 August, and come back on Sunday
evening, 02 September. We are looking forward to seeing our friends that
we met during the Orientation in Washington D.C.
I most close for I have some planning for tomorrow.