Thank you to Ruth Ayres for the opportunity to focus on celebrations every week! Please join us!
Today I celebrate the connection I've made with my students. This year, each block is so different and it's taken me awhile to figure out what everyone needs. The "figuring out" takes time and some failed attempts on my part. I get frustrated with that process, but this week I noticed amazing progress for my students AND for me!
This week I discovered that my first block is kind and thoughtful. I discovered that when I returned from morning duty to the whole class sitting quietly outside the room waiting for me.
I observed that my second block is curious and problem solvers. They always want to help and find the best way to get something done.
I noticed that my third block has lots of energy and creativity and wants to share those gifts with each other. I noticed that when they begged for more time to share their writing!
Each group is unique and filled with such energy! I am so blessed to get to spend my days with them.
We have spent lots of time this week in our notebooks and we are having so much fun!! Yesterday, we created our margin mascots. The original idea came from Writing Fix. I tweaked it a bit to fit my students. I want the mascot to help them think about themselves as writers. We had lots of fun creating our mascots. They needed a name and a stick figure and they needed to give the mascot a voice. You can imagine some of the mascots that emerged. Some surprised me and others made me laugh! I continue to be inspired by the creativity and willingness to take risks by my students! I can't wait to get our mascots commenting on our writing. Here are a few...
Finally, I celebrate beginning a new notebook. Number sixty-four. Here's a picture of the cover and of my title page.
This title page will be my mantra. It brings me peace. I'm glad I stopped to celebrate today!