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Jun 06 2011

Institute Has Started

So I just ended my first day of Institute and let me say…it has been a busy day! I woke up at 5:15 and had dressed, eaten breakfast and was on a bus by 6:40.  I didn’t get back to my room until 5 where I had 40 minutes to complete some work and facebook creep before going to the dining hall for dinner, then a two hour seminar, then a shower and now I’m finally sitting down at 10:05.  I wish I could go to bed but I volunteered to be in control of my collaborative group’s tracking system so now I must enter scores for my soon to be students from their assessment test before I can go to bed and then repeat the day again.  I will say though that despite the long day, content wise it wasn’t a bad day.  It was definitely hard waking up so early and you could see it on everyone’s faces at the elementary school we were at as there were many head bobbing as 10:00 rolled around.  We had been attending seminars for three hours by that point and were all starving.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the week to learn all this new teacher information and so that I can sleep in on Saturday.

One last thing…and to tie in the title of this post.  The final days in New Orleans were a blast! On Friday probably about half of the Corps went out to Bourbon Street.  We had about 40 of us jam the street car and when we got off we all dispersed into the craziness that is Bourbon Street.  I think the earliest anybody got back was after 3.  A New Orleans law that I and almost everyone else love is the open container law.  It is legally allowed for anyone 21+ to carry and drink open alcohol as long as it’s not in a glass bottle.  Almost every bar and restaurant has to-go cups and there is even a drive thru Daiquiri place, how sweet is that!  That’s it for now.  Time to finish up work and go to sleep!

3 Responses

  1. Wess

    How does “drive thru Daiquiri” make any sense at all?

    • thelearningcurve

      They put daiquiris in to-go cups for passengers in the drive thru lane. “Technically” there is to be no drink for the driver, but I’ve heard they give drinks to the driver and no straw, as if that solves a problem. Anyhow, it’s good to note that New Orleans has the brightest traffic lights in the States because they have (or had, at least) a hefty number of DWI/DUIs. So obviously it’s an idiotic plan and some drivers do unfortunately drink while driving.

  2. Bob Borczak

    If you’re spending 12 hour workdays, then you’re becoming a teacher! Keep up the good work and effort.

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