Today I discovered one of my typically struggling students working with another student. He was explaining how to try different strategies to figure out an unfamiliar word. He did not tell the other student the answer, but appropriately asked her questions and encouraged her. What made this even more impressive was that this student is usually the student that needs reminders to slow down – in every area, especially talking! I was overjoyed by the way he spoke slowly and purposefully.
Thursday, May 27
Wednesday, May 19
I live in the real world. Although I think of my classroom as a magical place where children are valued and made to feel their voices matter, I need to make sure I prepare them for the world outside my four walls. This is not to say that I am usurping the role of parents, but there are certain areas that parents occasionally over-look.
Tuesday, May 18
And, we do not sit still.
Friday, May 14
I am a strong supporter of looping.
Monday, May 10
Friday, May 7
Tuesday, May 4
"There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher." --Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides