Friday, August 29, 2008
By now, the bell has ended the day! Rather than join the race to exit the parking lot, others drop by to say farewell, as the long three-day weekend approaches. One of these students shares her personal poetry that makes me shed a tear inside. I am touched by her writings and confidence. Another speaks his thoughts on teen issues! And yet another, seeks a parting hug of affirmation to last the weekend. Wow, there are so many stories happening here simultaneously in this small area of the library.
Each takes away a reassurance from these brief minutes together, maybe a lighter load after sharing with others, maybe just food for thought as they head to the weekend. And of course, my tired state of being has just been refreshed and re-energized. Why didn't I snap a photo of the old friends that dropped by? Next time.
These unscheduled moments are priceless, yet pass quickly. Classroom teaching is worthy and important. But it's these informal moments of sharing with students that are golden.
And thus, this is why being a teacher is wonderful!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Sunday night, Aug. 17, 6-11 p.m.: Floor exercise finals. Shawn is the defending world champion.
Tuesday night, Aug. 19, 7-11 p.m.: Balance beam finals. Shawn is one of the favorites.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Did you know...How many ribbons are handed out during the Fair?
Approximately 45,000 ribbons, rosettes and banners are awarded annually to winners.
The official fair website has more interesting trivia. See: http://www.iowastatefair.com/about/trivia.php
Saturday, August 9, 2008
That sure is some fine artwork, Polly!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Young and old alike will be making these counties very proud of their accomplishments at this year's fair!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
He is in the shade and that's a good thing because the temp today registered 95 degrees. The workers getting ready for fair time in four days had to think it was a lot hotter than that!
The FFA organization has a beautiful little cottage on the grounds and some of the prettiest pictures around!
Hope you will follow along with me as I tour the 2008 IA State Fair.