Getting Our Feet Wet

Last week’s canoe trip can be declared a success! I honestly can’t remember a more “drama free” trip in all the years I’ve been teaching 12-14. No tears, no emergency room visits, no freak-outs from too many scary stories!¬†Even the chili looked better than ever before:

Chili cook-off entries

Chili cook-off entries

Another thing we noticed was how smoothly the students got along (for the most part). The teachers loved watching the spontaneous game on the river bank, where girls and boys of both 7th and 8th grade tried to push each other in. It ended with all the kids deciding to jump in the river together! I swear, this sweet moment went on without prompting from teachers! Later, many kids brought up that afternoon activity as a great “bonding moment”.

Montessoaring into the river!

Montessoaring into the river!

We also wanted to share some classic group photos from last week’s trip:

At the beloved Belvedere Oasis

At the beloved Belvedere Oasis

Intrepid 7th Graders

Intrepid 7th Graders

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights