I'm linking up with Jennifer from Rowdy in First Grade for a positive spin on the sometimes negative outlook I have about school (and life).
I sat through a staff meeting today, where I felt guilty and ashamed for something I did (well, didn't do, actually) for a student last year. It seems there was a student who just slipped through the cracks on reading. Many indicators were there, but he responded so well to intervention, it just seemed like it was either a maturity issue, a motivational issue, or possibly both. This student was very hard to reach, and never seemed a "part" of the class.
Then, to be reminded of all the demands we have this year (updated grades WEEKLY, in first?!, testing, testing, testing, Common Core demands, etc)...I just feel spread so thin, burning the candle from both ends, and completely ineffective as a teacher.
Ever had those days, or am I alone at this pity party??
So, Jennifer's Linky couldn't have come at a better time for me.
Something Good at School:
My students are LOVIN' Daily 5, and working so hard! We are up to 20 minutes at Read to Self (our goal is 25), and 15 minutes at the other 2 components we've learned so far. When we reviewed how to Read to Someone today (with a parent watching the entire time, mind you), they popped up with all those D5 buzzwords that I've pounded into their heads from day one. They explained "Coaching or Time" perfectly...and we only learned about that on Monday! Yay!!
I guess I can do a few things right:)
Something Good at Home:
Two nights ago, my oldest son told me, "This finally feels like a home. I'm so glad to have our own space." And my youngest son said, "I like this house better than my other house."(his dad's)---insert sneaky smile. I honestly strive to never make it a competition, but sometimes it's just nice to hear. I always hear fabulous things about their dad and his family and his girlfriend and all the fun things they do...
It felt so amazing to purchase a home for my boys completely on my own...and apparently make it feel just as good (if not better) than other homes they know.
Now, it's your turn.
You know we all need it!
Link up with Jennifer and spread the love, y'all.
Come on and....