Sunday, February 5, 2012

Meeting Jefe, and This Week in Teaching

This past week we got to meet our new puppy Jefe! He is still too little to come home with us, but he is joining us next weekend! We are completely thrilled.

Yesterday we journeyed up to Petionville to try to find a pet store we'd heard about. We got a kennel and a teeny collar, along with the smallest rope toy in the store. We are ready.
Us meeting Jefe

Blissing out
First father-son moment
 We'll post more next week when he's home:)

This week in teaching news....

On Thursday I only had one student show up for discipleship group. I was so bummed, because I had a big activity planned. Then I just spent the hour talking with her, all about her life. It ended up being really special. Maybe that was exactly how that hour was meant to go.

My sophomore students are really connecting with Elie Wiesel's holocaust memoir Night. Some small victories:

1. A student who failed last semester loved the book so much they wrote the Night paper three days before the due date, and had me help edit drafts. This is a major step!

2.  A student told me this was the first book she had ever finished for English class.
(Considering that I've taught this student for two years..... ok, let's focus on the good)

3. About half the class decided to continue reading Wiesel's other books Dawn and Day for outside reading.

4. At least 80% can correctly spell both "Elie Wiesel" and "Auschwitz". I'll consider that a win.

Other stuff I'm reading:

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend by the Monks of New Skete, which my boss Steve gave me. A monastery in New York supports itself exclusively through dog breeding and training.

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor. I'm trying to expand my repertoire in American literature. This is a book of short stories set in the Deep South in the 50's and 60's. Man, these stories are violent.

 The Reason for God by Tim Keller. Recommended by my two friends Caleb and Robbie. Tim Keller pastors a church in New York City, and each Sunday after sermons he holds a Q&A. This book details the seven main objections he frequently hears to belief in Christ, and his response to each. The second half is his seven main evidences for following Jesus.

1776 by David McCullough. I got into McCullough after watching the HBO miniseries John Adams, which was based on his book of the same name. This is a companion book about the Revolutionary War.

We're at t minus 7 days to Jefe arrival....
Katie

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