My students deserve mad props for dealing with the crazy hot weather (hot for Seattle, at least). As I’m writing this at 6:41 AM, it’s already 63 degrees outside. Some folks are predicting temps in the mid-90s, and there’s a heat advisory in effect until 6 tonight.

Despite this, and despite a looming summer vacation, my students have been extremely focused and tolerant. We had no lights on in the room all day yesterday (to prevent generating more heat), which I worried might be distracting, yet we had great lessons in reading and math, plus we made big progress in our Storypath. The only crisis we ran into was our ELMO kept overheating…

The up side is that I’ve had a chance to test out my moisture-wicking China travel clothes:

What a lovely dress!
What a lovely dress!

I love this dress from Title Nine!

I know you’re tired of seeing my mug in these posts, but I’m still trying to figure out the whole business of posting student work, so you’re stuck with me for now.

In other China news, it’s the 20th anniversary of the protests / massacre in Tiananmen Square, and CNN has this report (thank to Ed for the link). James Fallows also has an interesting article about Internet access in China. A few people have asked me how I feel about visiting China because they have concerns about their human rights record and their policy on the media. My response has been that I’m not yet well enough informed, and I’m interested to see what it’s like when I’m actually there.

Off to school!