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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Success!


Celebrating my successful painting!

I've noticed, as a teacher, I can get bogged down in the day to day work of teaching and forget to celebrate student successes. As we approach the end of the first quarter, I want to stop and notice growth and success. 


1. Three students finished books yesterday.
2. One student who refused to write earlier in the year picked writing as a choice activity.
3. Another student who had been withdrawn from class participated wholly.
4. I noticed students working out differences as they collaborated on a project.
5. On more than one occasion, I saw students treating each other with kindness.
6. A student who had been very quiet easily shared with the whole class.
7. Groups worked together to finish planning on a challenging project. I saw the groups working through disagreements and finishing.


Teaching is hard. Being a student is hard. It's important to stop and notice the successes..big and small. I'm proud of my students. On my desk at school, I have a small notebook where I write and reflect on each day as it ends. It's helped me notice more even though I forget to write in it some days. 


Take a moment and think. What successes can you find in your own work, in your own classroom? 


 


This post is for my writing goal for #TeachWritetober for TeachWrite. This post is also a slice for the Two Writing Teachers Blog 

7 comments:

  1. Yay for those successes! And, man, it is so hard all around. There was a moment yesterday that I felt like crying (not tears of joy) looking at all the students who were off-task and knowing I just couldn't help them in that moment. One of me- 26 third graders- who come with complicated life stories and their own academic strengths and needs. The mountain feels impossible to climb. Yet everyday, I gather my climbing gear and try to get a little further up the mountain, a toe hold where I couldn't find one before. This post reminds me to make sure I look for the times that things went right. Thank you.

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  2. It's complicated. But so rewarding when we stop, breathe, smell the roses, and name our joys! What a great list focusing on assets!

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  3. October is so real! Seems lots of us are feeling the hard- thanks for the reminder to focus on the successes.

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  4. You have really inspired me to get out the watercolors and get them into my journal! I was playing with the painted essay last week and have paints now. Thanks for all your great work always and the reflections. I love to read your blog.

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  5. It is so important to celebrate achievements large and small. Noticing the successes that occur in and out of my classroom is what gets me through the hardest days.

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  6. What an important post, Michelle. The focus on success, both big and small, is a part of what keeps us moving forward, I believe. It is an important practice, especially for teachers, to find those golden moments that are sometimes buried in the work. Thank you for reminding us to take time and notice the good.

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  7. It is so easy to get bogged down in the problems and obstacles in teaching. This post is a good reminder to stop and look for the successes! We've had some difficulties in my library lately, but there have been some awesome moments of connection, too. I needed that smile this morning!

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