This week seemed to go on forever. I felt so incredibly busy. On top of the regular lesson planning that consumes most of my day, I also had a student ask for work for next week (You want me to think ahead?!), a battle of the books party to plan and execute, my official observation to prepare for and survive, and a haunted house to set up and run during the Halloween carnival. I could only think one day at a time to keep myself from going crazy. I am the type of teacher that updates my grades daily. I always return assignments to my students the next day. However, this week my students took a test on Wednesday and it didn't get graded until today. I guess that is an indication to myself that I put too much on my plate this week.
My official observation seemed to go okay. I still need to meet with my principal to get his evaluation. The battle of the books party was chaotic and stressful, but the kids had fun and it's over now. The Halloween carnival was a success.
The annual carnival is a big event in Togiak. It was open from 4-8 pm. There were probably 15 different booths and tons of food for sell. There were school-aged kids, toddlers, young adults, older adults, and elders there. The whole village seemed to show up. I couldn't believe how much money was spent. It seems that money just burns holes in pockets around here. I guess there's not much to spend it on out in the village. I ran the haunted house all night. I was extremely glad when my coworker Heather told me that she preferred to work inside the haunted house rather than take tickets, because I much rather take tickets than work inside the haunted house. We make a good team. It cost 8 tickets ($2) to go through the haunted house. In less than 3.5 hours, we had earned $700! I couldn't believe how much money kids spent on it. They would just do loops: pay 8 tickets, run through the haunted house, pay 8 tickets, run through the haunted house, pay 8 tickets, run through the haunted house, etc.
Tim was in charge of the after-carnival dance. I'm amazed at how much the kids just stand around the walls. I keep thinking, you guys can stand around the walls together at your houses for free, you don't have to pay $5. But, they show up and we make money, so I guess there's nothing to complain about.