Eeep! Don't look now, but I believe we're well into 2013 already. Do you ever get a weird nostalgia for the things that will never be again - like writing "2012" when you write out checks? (Or maybe, check writing altogether?!).
Fox Valley Literacy Council in November, and met with my "peoples" for the first time last Wednesday. It's a couple in their late 70s/early 80s that wish to learn English to work toward their citizenship. To be honest, I was a bit dismayed with the assignment when I first learned of their ages - I was thinking of helping someone maybe get a better job or something. On having met them, however, I really am excited. The wife in particular worked hard to have me understand that she expects homework each week and will work very hard on her lessons. She gripped my hand with both of hers when I met her, and when I left she hugged me and walked me through both doors on the way out. Their English is challenging to understand, so I think we'll have a lot of fun getting to know each other. It's funny to think about going back to the whole lesson planning thing after so many years out of teaching!