...and also surprised by how EARLY the school-year starts here.
Last Thursday was Tucson's back-to-school date.
(It was July 31st. JULY!?!)
A few years ago, the number of countries-of-origin was remarkable: two dozen!
Last year, when I switched to the school where I'm currently teaching, I definitely noted the absence of international refugee students, but the diversity of languages spoken in the students' homes (15) was still noteworthy.
This year, I thought I'd consider where my students have lived and/or visited.
Here's the result; a pretty well-traveled group, having lived in or been to every continent except Antarctica:
(Yes, I do know that Puerto Rico is part of the U.S.,
but for this list's geo-cultural purposes,
I let it stand alone...)
I did ask, as I do every year, what languages are spoken at home, and this year, for the first time, I saw "Maltese"...