Boston: A Love Story

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This Valentine’s day tale isn’t about a boy.  I have only ever loved one man, who I have been in love with since eighteen.  That is old news.  No, this love story is about falling madly, and recklessly in love with a city.  This is the account of how and why I fell for Boston.

I really didn’t expect such a grand, overwhelming response to Boston.  Jay had a business trip, that preceded the Valentine’s season, so we thought we would make a small, romantic getaway out of it.  Contrary to my normal disposition, little planning went into our venture.  We have dear friends who now inhabit the much warmer (and humane) climate of Newport Beach, but grew up in the Boston area.  So before we boarded the train, we picked their brains on what to do, see and experience.  The combination of their expertise and the beauty, this big-small town eludes, left us in love.  The well maintained, colonial architecture is stunning, the earth mindedness left it feeling like home and the excess bikers (even in below freezing temperatures) is reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. Add to that that the people were exceptionally, over the top friendly and I never want to go home.

This is my kind of city (perhaps I will have to expand my September job search to include the greater Boston area).  I do love New York, but Boston is way more my speed.  Here is a summary of our highlights: Continue reading “Boston: A Love Story”

Teaching Moments: Valentine’s Day Game

Love Bug Game_000001With Valentine’s day right around the corner I thought I would share a simple Valentine’s day game I created last year while I was substitute teaching.  I always tried to bring in my own creative lessons and activities that I could bring with me to classrooms in different grades.  I found this left the kids excited to have me, and relieved some of the pressure the classroom teacher felt to ensure they left me full day plans.  However, as a sub who is trouncing from classroom to classroom you can’t always be lugging around mass quantities of materials, so simple is always the best approach.

This game is just that.   All you need is a set of dice for half the class and the handout, leaving both the prep and needed materials minimal.  I used this as an early finisher activity all the way up to grade 8 (even the older kids like a break to be a kid now and again) or paired it with a Valentine’s day picture book to turn it into a math activity for the primary grades.  I always kept the students switching partners which made this is a great social and interactive activity that fills up the spare moments of time before transitioning to something else.

Here is the pdf version of the activity for you to download: Love Bug Game