This week, I had several reminders of why I want to celebrate working with teachers and students:
- Twice within this past week, I gathered with colleagues outside of the school setting just to have fun. It certainly helps reduce stress when you can eat, drink, and laugh with the people you see on a daily basis. And I think it's even better when we get away from our work environment and see each other in different surroundings. Both opportunities allowed me to appreciate my colleagues in more personal ways.
- I am co-mentoring the 3rd year teachers in our school district this year. I spent Wednesday morning meeting and collaborating with several of them, as they work on refining their own practices as teachers. I loved our conversations as they shared with me about their students, their assessments, and their teaching. So incredibly reflective. We are lucky to have these teachers moving from the "Resident Educator" status here in Ohio to being fully licensed. I'm very fortunate to be a part of this journey they are on.
- This week was the end of the trimester, and time to have students fill out reading reflections for their growth as readers the past 12 weeks. Here are just a few of the comments or thinking that help me celebrate:
- when talking about his comments to other classmates on reading response letters: "I've gotten a lot better at commenting to others. I'm paying attention to what they say before I comment."
- when talking about what specifically she wanted to celebrate as a reader this trimester: "I read more books this trimester than in all of 4th grade."
- another student sharing what they wanted to celebrate: "I started giving better book recommendations when I know books others might like."
- when sharing how many books they completed in first trimester: A prolific reader recorded finishing 35 books so far while a reader that struggled to find a book and to complete it recorded finishing 5 books. Both of these numbers and all the other numbers in between are huge celebrations because it means we have a community of readers who understand that time to read is valuable.