My 11th grade contemporary history students are doing end-of-the-year Powerpoints on world issues. Yesterday: Global Warming. Today: Darfur (complete with slides of themselves and their classmates at the D.C. rally). They've done a fabulous job so far. Tomorrow: Tom Friedman's The Lexus and The Olive Tree.
The 8th graders are presenting themselves as Revolutionary War and early American leaders. They're doing a fabulous job so far, too.
The 9th graders wrote an essay test on World War I today. I guess I'll find out soon enough whether they did a fabulous job. Or not.
Round One of AP Testing is almost over. We have a couple of late tests next week, so I suppose there is a possibility that this misery will extend into eternity, but tomorrow I get to finish packing up the first batch of booklets and answer sheets and take them to UPS.
Son Number One landed a summer job in Chicago today. Nothing fancy, but it meets his financial and social needs. Son Number Two rolls in tomorrow night for Dental Disaster Recovery Part III.
A couple of people made some confusing comments about my own comments on sleeplessness a few entries back. Apparently enough of my readers are just enough younger than I am that they don't know the havoc that this particular hormonal stage of existence can wreak with sleep patterns. I have never had cause to bemoan PMS-type symptoms, which for me appear only in the form of a grocery cart mysteriously full of salt-laden snacks once a month -- but this sleep thing has about undone me. So if you see me online at odd hours, just yell "Hey." I was right here from about 2:00 to 4:00 this morning, trying desperately to develop enough sleepiness to crawl back to bed. The night before, it was from about 1:00 to 3:00 -- and then, God help me, the cat located a mouse under the bed. A FULL HOUR of mousie torture followed. I found the mouse, departed to its eternal rest in a predatorless heaven, in front of the bedroom table a couple of hours later when I had to call it quits and get up.
So it hasn't been a PERFECT couple of days. But it hasn't been bad.