October 4, 2008
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My school engages in a weeklong series of events they nick-named The Big Week because, well, it’s big. Each of the classes has a four-day activity and the week culminates in The Day of Caring where we break up into small groups and complete service projects around the community. It’s such an amazing week, but it’s exhausting. The freshmen go on MOBY, which stands for My Own Back Yard. In this four-day event, they go to Acadia National Park to camp, learn science, learn history, and learn the origins of literature in an alternative setting. The students go hiking all over the place and it’s truly a bonding experience. The freshman always come back as a cohesive group and it is truly amazing. The sophomores engage in Sophomore Awareness. They go to Camp Androscoggin and listen to guest speakers on topics such as suicide, domestic abuse, and other such things. Again, the focus is on bonding and education. The juniors, the group I was part of, goes to Camp Mechuwana where they we taught them team building games over the course of two days and then on the third day, they taught third and fourth graders. The fourth day was designed to be a “thank you” to the juniors by taking them to a rock wall, but funds were not available, so they played games instead. The seniors have Senior Seminars where they listen to guest speakers on topics such as financial aid, campus life, applying to schools and then they go on campus visits. The whole week is amazing. As a new teacher and new to this program, I had no idea just how exhausting it was going to be.
I brought home a huge stack of books and a pile of papers to work through thinking I had plenty of time. Ha. I barely got anything to done last week which meant that this week was long with planning and grading.