I'm so grateful to Ruth for this link-up! I find myself thinking throughout the week, "I could write about this in my celebration post."
This week I celebrate the power of words!
Watching my students read this week has brought me such joy! One of my students came into school and told me this story, "Ms. Haseltine, I didn't get a chance to read for homework last night, so I woke up early and went outside to read on my patio. As I was reading a hummingbird landed on my book. Isn't that awesome!!!" EVERYTHING about that story is awesome. The hummingbird is amazing, but I love the fact that he woke up extra early to get his reading in! He's a reader!
Listening to the writing my students have been creating inspires me. We did a ten minute quick write and many of my sixth graders shared their writing. I just loved their creativity and their bravery to share writing in the second week of school!
This year we are focusing on making sure we create an environment where everyone feels the message: YOU MATTER. On Fridays, we reflect about our progress on that goal. Here are some of the student responses...
I love how they are noticing that their choices impact others. These comments make me smile! I celebrate the words of kindness that my students are sharing with each other.
Speaking of words...I've noticed there are times when I'm in areas where there's much gossip or complaining or negativity. In the past, I've participated and it's brought me down. I'm working on making an effort to set boundaries for myself. I am working on consciously choosing my words and making sure the words that come from me are helpful and not harmful. I celebrate the choices I'm making because I see a difference in how I feel and how I act.