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Paper clips...

I'm in. Moved classrooms today. First period, I got my Year 12s to help me move a big desk unit from the other block. Then fourth period I got my juniors to carry all the desks, chairs and books from my classroom. Fifth period my Ethics class watched the rest of the documentary, Paper Clips, while the 'blind man' fixed venetian blinds over all the windows. Zap, zap went the cordless drill while we tried not to weep over the fate of Jews in WWII and the horror of the boxcars that shipped them by the hundreds and thousands to the camps. I opened a packet of big paper clips and passed the box to the girl nearest me. I didn't have to say a word, they just silently passed the box around and took a paper clip each to wear. It was quite moving. I love that class.

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Last period I used my other junior class to clear out my office and get the entire contents over to my new office. Three bright sparks even took the computer over, set it all up and turned it on, and made me a new desktop in the process! I stayed until five, trying to find places for things until some more shelving goes up. Now it's nearly midnight and it's time for bed. My friend is ill with strep throat so we took her boys to stay the night as well. Christy still has tonsilitis, and oooh oooh, our very good close friends have just bought a house up the road at 3 p.m. this afternoon *g* they used to rent the house nextdoor when they first came here and whee, now they're close again! I'm so pleased. We went with them to the Open Home last Sunday and it was LOVELY! I wanted to move there!

Okay. Bed time. You guys have a great day. I have a John Grisham to read. Although it's one of those ones without a central hero, and I don't like those so much. I like to get inside someone's skin and really feel the pain *g*

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greenpizzazz6
Mar. 29th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Good work having those students help out!

Glad to hear your friends moved closer, it's nice having the people you love nearby!
natesmountain
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
-Good work having those students help out!
Yeah, the choice of doing work or moving furniture, it wasn't too hard a choice!!

margaret_r
Mar. 29th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you've moved and settled, good work getting all that help! Nice to have your friends move so close too.

I haven't seen Paper Clips, it must be an extremely sad and emotional documentary. I think something like that should be compulsory viewing for school kids, otherwise they will never know the horror of what happened. It's a hard thing to watch though.

Good luck in your new classroom, I hope you have many happy hours there.
natesmountain
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
-I haven't seen Paper Clips, it must be an extremely sad and emotional documentary. I think something like that should be compulsory viewing for school kids, otherwise they will never know the horror of what happened. It's a hard thing to watch though.
It ought to be at your DVD hire store. Christy watched it yesterday while she was at home sick, and said she cried all the way through.

I showed the doco to another Year 12 class as we're starting a unit on Christian Morality. This is a group that takes different subject options and is on the whole, although not exclusively, less academically inclined than my ethics class, and most of them couldn't have cared less, put their heads down and tried to sleep. It was really disappointing but I guess not so surprising. I turned the projector off in the end and told them it was a shame they couldn't make the effort to take themselves beyond their own pathetic little lives!! I do get cross occasionally!

-Good luck in your new classroom, I hope you have many happy hours there.
Thanks *g* that's nice of you.
margaret_r
Mar. 29th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
That's sad, that the class couldn't find it in themselves to relate to the doco, but it's the way things are with so many people nowadays. I don't blame you for getting cross!

I will have to see if I can get a copy of it. Poor Christy, maybe she should have waited until she was feeling a little better before watching! Can't have been good for her throat! Hope she is feeling better soon.
natesmountain
Mar. 29th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
-Poor Christy, maybe she should have waited until she was feeling a little better before watching! Can't have been good for her throat! Hope she is feeling better soon.
Her throat still looks awful. I might have to take her back to the After Hours clinic, since it's the weekend.

-I will have to see if I can get a copy of it.
My only problem is the accents of the people - the documentary talks a LOT about prejudice and I had to admit to the girls that I find it hard to get over the stereotype I have of people from the South - that they can still be perfectly normal and intelligent with that Tennessee accent *g*
vivh
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you've made it into your new classroom, I do look forward to hearing and seeing what you and your classes get up to in there...
I have never seen Paper Clips either, maybe I'll try to watch it sometime.
natesmountain
Mar. 29th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
-I'm really glad you've made it into your new classroom, I do look forward to hearing and seeing what you and your classes get up to in there...
Really? Well, I'll be sure to keep posting *g*

Paper Clips is easy to watch. But heart-rending as well.
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