Wednesday, January 30, 2013

High and Low Linky

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.


  1. Don't die, Becky! Hahah - that is too funny. You should tell the kid to add himself into the drawing trying to rescue you :)

    Joy in the Journey

  2. I would definitely talk to that kiddo about that drawing. Maybe you could just chat about how it makes you feel. Usually kiddos respond to that kind of approach. At least you teach first grade and not high school. I would be way more nervous!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

    1. Thanks for the advice. I think that is a good idea. I do not think the kid meant any harm, but it would be good for me to share that it was not very funny.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. I agree with Jessica & Elizabeth...
    Happy to be your number 43! Found ya through the linky. ;)
    Would love for you to enter my big giveaway!
    Growing Firsties is giving away Erin Condren and more!

    1. Thanks so much for following! I love your blog and am very flattered that you stopped by and commented. I believe I already entered your giveaway. It looks great! I would love to win!

  4. And now #44!! Found you through Katie's linky and I'm glad I did! I found a similar picture one of my kiddos had drawn about another STUDENT, and yeah... it is a bit disturbing isn't it? I agree with Elizabeth- go for the "this is how you made me feel" even pull some teary eyes out if you can. It works! :-P
    ideas by jivey

    1. Wow, that's crazy that your student did that! I really like the idea of sharing my emotions with the child to help him understand that he hurt my feelings.

      Thanks so much for following!

  5. I agree with Elizabeth I would definitely chat with the student. Glad to see you getting these wonderful new followers :)

    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

  6. I loved reading your highs and lows! The picture is a little nuts-y. It also sounds like how the cartoons are these days. I have to tell you about a drawing I got. It was a very detailed drawing about a rocket launcher. The child told me about crates arriving at his home from the Middle East. Then the child announced that everyone in our room was going to die. Of course post 9-11 I think was actually 2003 about a year after Sept 11th, I gave the drawing to my principal as well as the info, and I had to meet with National Security!!!!!!!!! No joke.

    Thank you for linking up little lady!

    Katie Knight

    Teacher to the Core Blog

    1. Oh my goodness! That is ridiculously crazy and scary! I can't believe that happened. I am glad that you turned the picture in and got it investigated cause the situation sounds pretty sketchy. I hope everything worked out well.

      Thanks for hosting the linky and for commenting!