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I like trips

June 10, 2007 pm30 10:01 pm

Looking east towards Breakneck RidgeI like doing extra stuff with my school. I mean, I like teaching the best, but there’s more. Being Chapter Leader and programmer guarantees that I will be involved in some extra aspects… but there is more. I go to most PTA meetings, sometimes to listen, sometimes to schmooze, sometimes because I am still in the building and there is free coffee and cake, once or twice to pitch UFT stuff.

I’ve attended some afterschool stuff – the dodge ball game (didn’t perform well, but who cares?), karaoke (didn’t perform well, but who cares? plus the kiddies sang along with The Yellow Submarine, so who really noticed how bad I was?)

But I love trips. This fall I went on a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village, in Massachusetts. In the winter I went with a group of seniors ice skating in Central Park (didn’t fall down). There was an overnight trip to Boston in the Spring. Also, a play with my service aides a few weeks ago. And another play last week with some juniors and seniors. Does prom count as a trip? [edit: I left off the Spring trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And just last week I went with a student to the Shanker Scholarship awards.]

(last trip below the fold —>) But finally, yesterday we went hiking. I was along for the walk – I am certainly no hike leader. Four adults and 14 kids from our school combined forces with 3 adults and about ten from another school. Our school gathered at the railroad station, and rode up to Breakneck Ridge.

I was along for the walk, but this was much more than a walk. We had a fairly rapid ascent to 1250 feet, with several stretches of rock climbing. I did it. I did. But I can’t say I didn’t have doubts along the way. When I think, “is that a good handhold?” I am probably already in trouble. However, the exhiliration of reaching the top, of looking out over the Hudson and across at Storm King and up at hawks and clouds – well worth it.

Today my legs are annoyed at me. But it was the last trip of the year.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2007 am30 3:47 am 3:47 am

    Jealous!!! I wish my school would take hiking trips. Glad you had a good time. Don’t forget to make copies of the photos for the kiddos.

  2. June 11, 2007 am30 4:40 am 4:40 am

    I used to do more trips and things–before I got so dissillusioned with the school system. I did go to military ball. I went with JROTC to Daytona Beach once and would have gone to the prom if i wasn’t sick.

    There aren’t too many other trips though.

  3. June 11, 2007 am30 7:38 am 7:38 am

    I would never ever consider this level of involvement mandatory – our contract protects us. I do not trust “involved” small school teachers who try to press their colleagues to do more. And from time to time I have had to remind other teachers or administrators that all of this stuff is absolutely voluntary.

    Having said all that, I love doing it myself. I like the chance to do non-academics with kids. And I like the trips myself.

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