Ruth Ayres invites us to share our celebrations from the week each Saturday. Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to celebrate. Share your celebrations at Ruth Ayres Writes.
I have so much to celebrate. My recent trip has changed my view of the world, is making me crave more world travel, and has given me so many stories to someday share. I love my new job. (I can’t believe I ever taught elementary school. My friends who said I should be a middle school teacher, when I was teaching in an elementary school, were right.)
1. My new job is exactly what I dreamed of. It reminds me to ask more for what I want and put it out there. (Everything I want exists.)
2. Teachers are such a kind group. I’m not afraid to ask questions (sometimes I might feel stupid that I don’t know the answer), but I’ve found a wonderful network of people who take the time to answer. Thank you specifically to Christy for answering my calls, emails, and sharing your brain. I’m already a better teacher because of our conversations.
3. I’ve gotten to spend some unexpected time with my family this week. My sister is playing softball for her high school, and all of her home games are a few minutes from my new school. I’ve been wanting to spend more time with family and friends and to have a more healthy balance during the school year, and this has enabled me to do so. Last night she got called up to play on varsity and had an awesome play at third base. She’s become so focused on what she wants with this team and even her career. She always asks my dad to practice with her and keeps asking me for phone numbers of people I know that are veterinarians (the job she wants). I love that she is starting to take ownership of her life and what she wants. She reminds me of the value of putting in extra effort, and I’m in awe watching the amazing person she’s becoming.
4. I’m slightly on top of things. Although I’m unsure of units and specific details, I feel somewhat organized. People have even come into my classroom and told me how neat it is! This is so not the normal me. (My mom would be so proud.) I’m finally taking the time at school and at home to spend an extra moment putting things away. It’s making a huge difference, and I really want to keep it up. Even if my list is a million things long, it helps me to feel less overwhelmed.
5. My kids aren’t readers, well most of them aren’t, but they are starting to bite. I do book talks every Tuesday and Thursday, and I raffle off the books I talk about to the interested parties. They are getting excited and slowly, I hope, developing into a group of kids who might read. I know they’re starting to see the value at least. I displayed the startling “Why Can’t I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight?” poster, and that seemed to at least get them to see that reading can, and does, make a difference. I also used suggestions from Donalyn’s session this summer on how to conference. It was so fun to begin that yesterday. I love how honest my students are. I used Donalyn’s question suggestions from her conference format, and I had small laughs with many who were afraid to tell me that they preferred video games over books. I know I’m up against some tough competition with all the social media and tech gadgets, but I’m ready for it.