The last days of summer...
My two partners and I created two lesson plans for publication--one examining the lives of the people who did NOT prosper during the modernization of Japan between the 1880s and 1930s [based on the book Peasants, Rebels, Women, and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan by Mikiso Hane], and the other on the use of a popular game form, sugoroku, to promote desirable traits of a "modern" Japanese citizenry between the 1880s and the 1930s. This was a Professional Development "vacation" for me, and although we worked for seven days straight, it was a lot of fun meeting people who have similar interests in East Asian studies. Boulder is a great place to have a workshop, but I DO wish it was closer to sea level!
After the TEA workshop ended in Colorado, I spent a couple of weeks in Texas visiting family. It was s-o-o-o-o hot there, but MUCH flatter than Colorado, so it was an interesting change, and I found a couple of really great quilt shops with fabric and patterns that definitely found a new home with me...
Wherever you went this summer, even if it was just your back yard, I hope you have enjoyed the summer break because it is almost over! Class of 2015, get ready to begin your Senior year!
Schedules have gone out in the mail, and by email, so you know the end of summer break is coming! School begins on Tuesday, August 26th, and I would like to have everyone's schedule set before then, so please let me know what courses you need to add to those already scheduled for you. You may email changes to me [by block, please] or drop an update in my mailbox. Enjoy the last few days of summer break!
See you soon,
Teacher Barb :)