April 14, 2014

Reflection

Wow, today didn't feel like the usual dreaded Monday at all. I think it's in part due to the fact that we had a mixed up schedule at school today. As much as those days interrupt prime teaching time, I secretly love a wacky schedule here and there because it breaks up the monotony of our typical day, 

"Now it's time for fluency folders because it's 11:53 and that's what we do every day at 11:53..."  

I'm approaching the home stretch of the school year in my first year as a 1st grade teacher. This year has been a roller coaster of hills, drops and loops upside down and inside out! I'm sure at the end of the year when it's all said and done for real I'll have a proper reflection, but today as I was watching my kids rehearse their first ever school concert, I couldn't help feeling so proud about the young people they are. I kept thinking, "I helped mold that child into who they are, what they know, how they think, and the kind of person they are today as a 7 year old.

They seemed so old all of a sudden standing on that stage. Those chickadees don't even know how wise they are and all that they teach me and help me see every day. The lessons I get from these kids that remind me of what life is truly all about are mind blowing sometimes. 
note left on my desk by a student after she got to have lunch with me and a friend
Yes, sometimes their energy leaves me drinking the hard stuff...
...so that I can keep up with them right off the bat, early in the morning, but I love each of them for all of their individual pizazz they bring into our room.

So here's to keeping my mind on the small yet important things and really making the most of these last few weeks with my firstie nuggets. The last day of school is going to be tough!

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