Last and Lasting

Preparing to retire includes a lot of last things.  Last yard duty with snow (more recently than you might think), last staff meeting, last basketball tournament, last set of report cards, last Art in Bloom, last Canada Reads Week, last chess club meeting, and so forth.  Some of these are without regrets and some of them create a twinge of nostalgia. You can probably figure out which are which. In another week, we’ll be taking our last class field trip and that should be a nostalgic trip as over the years I’ve taken many classes on many field trips and they’ve all been fun, interesting, and informative.  This particular trip, the students will be participating in a simulation of an Egyptian dig. They get to role-play various scientific roles and use real artifacts to learn about the people who used them. Maybe among my students is a budding archaeologist or paleontologist. Maybe this last trip will be an inspiration for someone to seek a future hitherto unconsidered.  I particularly hope some of the girls will realize they can be anything they want; there are no male jobs and female jobs anymore as there were when I was young.  This will be an extremely wonderful “last” in the nostalgic sense, if something like that were to occur down the road!


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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