Looking ahead to Monday

January 13, 2012

Hi Everybody,

This is my first blog post in quite some time, due to a combination of forgetfulness, writers block, and too much homework. But I’m trying to get back on my glogging grind, so here goes nothing.

In assembly, just moments ago, Mr. Hedden was going through the schedule for this upcoming weekend. When he got to Sunday after dinner, I experienced a little jolt as he reminded us that we would be watching movies as a precursor for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. My immediate, stress-driven reaction was something like, “-expletive,- when am I going to do my 5 classes worth of homework?!” I then experienced another jolt as I remembered that we don’t have normal classes on Monday. It was a morning of revelations regarding things I really should have remembered, especially if you count the fact that I’ll be teaching one of the workshops that students will attend on MLK day. Oh well, maybe I’ll blame it on the fact that I accidentally ended up drinking decaf coffee this morning instead of regular.

Anyway, the MLK workshops this year are particularly intriguing (although maybe I’m just saying that because half of them are being led by my Gov class). We went all out on the titles, descriptions, and lesson plans, and I’m pretty sure all of us are planning on bringing candy, so students should get really excited. It’s nice to have a day where we can sleep in, enjoy a guest speaker, and then be taught by our classmates in a different setting than usual. This day also provides a perfect backdrop to think about MLK and what his legacy can teach us all. The theme for this year’s MLK day at Gould is Social Justice Around the World. The workshops my classmates and I have been working on for weeks and weeks include “Europe, now with 40% less Greece!” “A ‘Chile’ Winter” “Syria-ous trouble,” and many, many more.  All of them focus on protests in different parts of the world in 2011 — if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ll know that there have been a ridiculous amount of protests over just about everything, so there’s a lot of interesting material to cover. I’m hoping I get to go to Jeb’s workshop during my free period from presenting, just to see him hand out cupcakes and talk about Saudi Arabian womens’ rights in “Princesses Wanna Drive, Too”.

Hopefully everyone is looking forward to Monday as much as I am!

Abby

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