Two weeks ago was our last day of school year. Two days later I began a two-week workshop of teaching writing through science observations. The third graders' focus was on snails and they researched all about them and then wrote short reports on what they had decided to learn about them. This class proved to be a success -- after two short weeks, the students had produced one research paper (short, but still...), a poem, and a short story all on the theme of snails. Today was the last day of the class and after the last child left, I almost immediately got in the car and drove to my last school-related workshop of the summer. Tomorrow will be the second - and last - day of this leadership workshop.
After that, it's no more school for awhile. I'm ready for a break.