I resolve to:
Today, I am going to put on my blinders.
I am going to, for the moment, forget all that plagues public education.
Teaching is a gift.
Not a gift, as in, this is my calling (although I do believe it is), but a gift as in a present to and for me.:) It is indeed a gift to do what I do. …READ MORE
That quote inspires me.
This little girl handed me a paper with her Dad and Mom’s contact information on it. It had their home phone number, cell phone number, job number, and email addresses. I said, “I already have this information. Why are they sending it to me again?”
She responded, “Mrs.M, you have to understand, (this is how she speaks), for the past 4 years, my parents have been called for every single thing I did. They can’t understand why you are not calling them.”
I began on the path of champion for this little girl before she even entered my classroom. Our relationship began the year before when she approached me with sheets of paper with her ideas for her magazine. Afterwards, I was asked to mentor her, and I tried. At the end of the year, I asked to have her placed in my class. I knew she was a “handful”, but I also suspected that this image of her was not all there was.
This little girl stood up at Morning Meeting on Friday, and announced that she had the application form for staff for her magazine(“KRM Magazine-Kidz Rule!”) ready. She wanted to know who was interested, 1/4 of the students raised their hands. I suggested Google forms and a student willingly agreed to help her set it up.
At the end of the day, she announced that the application was embedded on Edmodo and could be filled out over the weekend. Today, she announced who she had hired. My heart swells with pride about what she has accomplished, how she has turned around.
This little girl is by no means perfect, and neither am I. We understand each other. I care for her, and she knows this. She knows I want the best for her.
As we packed up today, I felt arms grab me from behind in a hug. This little girl. I am her champion. We are connected.
When my siblings and I were younger, my parents had us write a list of everything we wanted for Christmas. Of course, raising 5 kids, we never got everything we put on that list. But it felt so good writing it because you knew you were going to get something on that list.
Is it really December already? 🙂
November was a very exciting month for our class because we had a visit from the governor. He observed, and participated, in a Mystery Skype to kick off American Education week! The kids and I loved that he was there to see us do what we do!
Here are the top three popular posts for November:
Year after year, I have tried to find a way to make my conferences more productive. I had attempted to find a way to share information with my parents so they had a clear understanding of where their child is. I had always felt frustrated, when after a parent had gone , and I would think, “Oh, I forgot to tell her/him….” READ MORE
This year, Monday and Tuesday were designated as Parent-Teacher Conference Days. If you didn’t get a large turnout, you had some down time. What’s a teacher to do?
If you look at PD days that are scheduled throughout the school year, you would be under the impression that teachers did not have a clue with what to do with “free” time. We are treated like children, and every single second of the day is booked. There is no “free” time given to the teacher, as if without the PD Agenda, our day would be a complete waste of time.Which is funny, because I feel like that at times, even with an agenda. READ MORE