The Winter Olympics (Ski Jumping, Curling, Biathlon)

The Winter Olympics (Ski Jumping, Curling, Biathlon)

Unlike the events of the first week, which weren’t nearly as good as my description leads you to believe; the events of week two will be placed in my permanent file to be used again in four years. We participated in ski jumping, curling, and biathlon.             The ski jumping center consisted of a stack of folded mats with several open mats for the landing area.  Giving students’ permission to jump off an elevated surface is a rare thrill, and greatly aided me in my quest to be the most…

The Olympics (Luge, Speed Skating, Skeleton)

The Olympics (Luge, Speed Skating, Skeleton)

            The Olympic ideals of fair play, good sportsmanship, and friendly competition were on display in the gym and for a few moments the students had Olympic dreams. Today we will be participating in the Olympic Winter Games, I announced to student cheering, applause, and general merriment.  I never get tired of announcing the day’s activities and being treated as if I have just proclaimed Christmas to occur twice each year.  Recreating the winter Olympics with its many variations of skiing, skating, or zipping down and icy tube on a…

The Olympics (Swim Meet)

The Olympics (Swim Meet)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to flood the gym with water.  “Awe, why,” the students wondered aloud?  “The principal felt it would ruin the floor, and leak down the halls,” I reply.  The practical thinker in each class always chimes in at this point, “we didn’t bring our swimming suits either.”  “That’s true,” I agree, as if that was also a deciding factor. Thankfully I know a recipe that calls for two parts imagination, and one part reality in which anything can be created.  Using this mixture, I transformed the gym…