I'm watching the name-sake of my youngest son work its way across the Caribbean and trying to tough out the first week of school. "Fair Fever" has afflicted me all week - allergies, fatigue, not being at the fair, being in new air conditioned environment; - whatever - it's making me miserable. A close cousin to "John Deere Cab Fever".
I hope that those in the path are making proper preparations, because my little Rum Tum Tugger can be a pretty ornery little boy.
I have a new student teacher this fall - the first time for a fall placement - and i think she will do fine. Heather is currently teaching the second section of my Animal Science class. CASE curriculum sure does make it nice to have a consistent presentation across sections. I was never very good with multiple sections getting the same 'show'. I definitely have to appreciate the consistency it brings. No matter if I am teaching, a student teacher is at the wheel or a substitute (Like what should be here today). Sniff, Snort, Honk.
The Iowa State Fair was a GREAT success - and I'm not just talking about the temperate weather - which was B-E-A-UTIFUL. We calved 14 cows (13 at the fair and 1 in the pasture the day after) 8 litters of sows (one with a whopping 19 alive), a multitude of goats and sheep (too many to count) and plenty of chickens and ducks. It still is a project that takes an enormous amount of effort, but my students are becoming very exceptional at stepping up to the work we have to undertake. In fact, my summer lab class did more, BETTER, than any in the past.
Like Rum Tum Tugger - sometimes we aren't satisfied with what we've got. My goal for this year is to realize the good in what we do and the 90% of this job that makes it worth while. Sneeze... And I hope you do to.
I hope this year kicks off well for everyone else, you aren't fighting off a sickness and the kids are learning.
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