When I logged on to Blogger this morning, I was excited to see a new, creative linky party. Teacher to the Core is hosting a celebration/commiseration of our highs and lows of January.
Here are mine:
Upon filling out this template, I realized that I had already blogged about most of these moments. I do not want to be redundant, but hey, it makes sense that I have already documented and shared my highs and lows.
You can read about my students' great writing and the awesome Author's Celebration here and about my classroom renovation here.
As for hitting 40 followers (actually 41), I could not be more surprised and pleased. I am so flattered and honored that even 3 people (besides my family) are reading my blog. I have felt so welcomed by my fellow bloggers and already feel friendships forming. I have learned so much through these first few months and can't wait to continue this journey.
My last high moment makes tear up. My little boy who began the year on a DRA level A (beginning kindergarten level) is now...READING ON HIS OWN!!!!!!!!!
Through the intense help of the reading interventionists (and hopefully me), he has made SO much progress. He went from not even knowing his letter sounds to being able to actually sound out and read words! The best part is that he knows it! He is starting to say, "I can read now!" and is feeling so proud of himself. It's so great to see!
He still has lots of struggles, but I am so glad that he is progressing and developing confidence. It's my favorite part of teaching to see kids light up when they finally get something.
Now, for the lows. I feel like this year the climate at my school has been a bit tense. Between the scheduling issues with the reading team, the PD days this month, the lack of communication from administrators, and lots of grading deadlines, this month has just felt very stressful. All of the teachers just seem to not be able to take a deep breath and chill, including me. Hopefully, February will be a bit better, but that's probably an unrealistic dream because we have the DRA assessment and about 50 gazillion holidays etc.
My final low moment is kind of a funny one. At least, I have to pretend it's funny, so I don't feel sad or threatened. See how you would feel if a student gave you this picture.
I know that my student was just joking; however, this seemed a bit not funny to me. So, what are your thoughts? Should I talk to the anti-bullying specialist? The police? The FBI? The CIA? :-)
I would love to hear what you think. Also, don't forget to link up over at Teacher to the Core to share your highs and lows.