I was really looking forward to this last week because we had some Archeologists visiting the school. They specifically have been studying the areas around Togiak and the culture and lifestyles of the people from the past as well as the wildlife. They had a bunch of presentations and activities planned for our students. I was excited for 2 reasons. Firstly, there were several classes I didn’t have to lesson plan for because we’d be at activities. (It’s always nice to have a little break.) Secondly, I was excited to see what the Archeologists had to show. The things they had prepared did turn out to be rather cool, however, it did end up being quite a headache. We had worked out a schedule prior to them coming that worked with our class schedules and we planned testing and our last few lessons accordingly. The morning before the presentations started we were handed the updated schedule, which was completely different than what we had worked out. According to the new schedule we’d be teaching classes we hadn’t planned on teaching and not seeing classes we had planned on seeing. Some students would be going to activities twice and others wouldn’t be going at all. In the end, we got it all worked out, but it was definitely stressful throughout the week.
We have 10 days of school left: 10! I would be lying if I said I was excited. Next week is my last week to see my Chemistry class because it is all seniors. My final is all written and I am ready to go.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel like there is anything exciting to report this week. We just worked a lot. We spent a lot of hours at school trying to get all our last lesson plans ready and final tests and final reviews written (which still aren’t done).
Fanny Parker, one of the native teachers here, started teaching me how to make a kuspuq. A kuspuq is the traditional native shirt/dress that the eskimos wear. They are kind of like very long, long-sleeved shirts, with a hood and a little skirt at the bottom. The natives wear them quite often with jeans. Hopefully, I’ll get mine finished next week.
We did have a couple of other teachers over for fajitas on Friday night. I love having anything for dinner that has produce in it. Some other teachers came over later that evening; one of them made the mistake of leaving behind some belongings. I decided we should return this specific teacher’s sandals to her in a huge ice block. I found the biggest container I could, filled it with water, and placed her sandals inside. After two days in the freezer, it was frozen enough to be left on her doorstep. I can’t wait for her to find it! Any minute now she should be walking out of her door to see the ice block. :)