This week has been full of celebrations for me! I will celebrate the people in my life this week! Thank you Ruth Ayres for providing this space to celebrate!
I celebrate Jenny!
Monday: Literacy Journey began for the fourth year. The teachers in the group I'm co-facilitating are positive and motivated! My co-facilitator is one of my favorite people to work with...it's like we share a brain. Have you ever worked with someone and felt like that? It's such a gift! I'm so blessed to work with Jenny and I learn so much from her. Monday night we had our first Twitter chat. It was to practice and to talk about setting up our classrooms. It started out slow...just Jenny & I for awhile and then it really got going! We will have chats on the second Sunday of every month at 8pm EST. Everyone is welcome to join. #litjourney
I celebrate my students!
Tuesday: Sixth grade orientation. My first chance to see the faces I've been planning for...Students got a chance to walk through their schedules, meet teachers, see classrooms at orientation. I love the look on their faces when they look around the classroom. I asked each class what they noticed about the classroom. I got some of the best answers ever:
"We are going to read a lot!"
"Look at all the books!"
"It's calm and peaceful." My favorite answer, "It's poetic."
(I'd post more pictures but I forgot to take them before I left on Friday.)
I celebrate Jessica!
Wednesday: Our class numbers are skyrocketing, so this year I'm teaching an extra block. That means on B days I have no planning. I will teach straight through the day. Since sixth graders have language arts everyday, I will share those students with Jessica O'Brien. We got a chance to sit down and talk about what this will look like and I am so excited. Jessica is someone with amazing ideas, an unbelievable attention to detail, and so incredibly creative. She loves teaching and I feel blessed to share this opportunity with her!
I celebrate Emily!
Thursday: A co-worker left last year and spent the year traveling the world doing mission work. She has an amazing blog of her journey: The World Race. Today I got to see her for lunch. She's glowing! I loved hearing the stories of her journey and seeing how it changed her. She is an inspiration to me!
I celebrate teaching!
Friday: Today was one of those productive days. I started at 8:30 and didn't stop til 4:45. My classroom is ready. The technology is ready. I met with everyone I needed to and crossed off so much from my to do list. And now...the students return on Tuesday! I celebrate that since that's why I teach!
Also want to celebrate Bella who is missing me after a long summer spent together!!