I found many opportunities to talk with my students on Friday. Simple conversations. I listened to them, I took the time to hear their stories, to look them in the eye and to show them they are known. This is a luxury. What I mean to say is time is precious and there are many moments when I move on and I don't take that kind of time...on this day I did.
As I watched and observed my seventh and eighth grade students working on their projects, I noticed that I had two choices. I could nag and remind and complain about their choices or I could watch and encourage and talk to them. Gratefully, I chose the latter yesterday and I was treated with the most wonderful conversations and moments with my students.
One of my students who doesn't normally engage teachers in conversation started talking to me about the tv show Planet Earth. I was intrigued. He started telling me about the part with the flamingos getting frozen into the same lake, every single night. Night after night, they fell asleep in the lake and when they woke up, they were frozen into the lake! I couldn’t believe this so he said, "Let me find the video."
It's moments like these that are valuable and precious. I'm grateful that I took a beat and listened to his story. The video made me laugh and we shared a moment.
Life moves so quickly, I confess that there are many times in school when I'm not able to give a student my full attention. Holding on to these moments and noticing how brilliant, quirky, funny people my middle schoolers are...that is what makes me happy.
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