Every week my friends Ginny Marie and Gretchen host something called The Spin Cycle. Basically, every Monday they post a writing prompt, and then bloggers are welcome to link up their responses by the end of the week.
Since this week’s topic seems so fitting for a teacher, I’m joining in. The topic: What You Did on Your Summer Vacation!
Summer is always divided into two parts for me. The first part is summer school. My district has a really nice four-week summer school program in which most of the classes offered are enrichment, so it’s a nice break from the regular curriculum yet still keeps kids’ minds actively engaged. I teach a guided independent reading class and then screenwriting and iMovie classes. The four weeks always fly by!
The second half of summer is travel time! This year I spent two weeks in Italy. I will not recount the whole trip here since I have fourteen previous blog posts on it! If you missed any of it and want to read about my fabulous trip to Rome, I suggest you start with the post Plan E, Or How I Ended Up in Rome Twice in One Year. Grab a cup of tea and get comfortable because my posts are kind of long.
And of course, I read some books, although I’m struggling a bit to remember them all. I know I read the following:
- Show Me a Sign by Susan Miura (must get book review up soon!)
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (need to do book review on this one, too)
- Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, S.J.
I feel like there were more, but I’m blanking at the moment. I’m currently working on reading . . .
- Impervious by Heather Letto
- The Complete Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything by James Martin, S.J. (started while in Rome but not finished yet)
If you’d like to join the Spin Cycle and/or read about other people’s summer adventures, click the link below.