This week was busy, but very good. As I think back, there are a few moments that stick out in my mind. These were both times when I felt greatly encouraged and affirmed of my work here. The first moment took place on back to school night. I was busy in my classroom getting everything ready. I stayed at school to print out packets for the parents and to display and organize student work. As I was preparing, I walked past the playground. Students that are not picked up after school go there until their ride comes. One of my students was there playing. When he saw me, he ran over and gave me a hug. He then asked if I needed help in my classroom. He came in for a bit and then went back outside. About an hour later, he walked back in. I was busy working on lesson plans at my desk and by the time I looked back up, he was walking out the door. I wasn't quite sure why he had come in until a few minutes later when I found a white rose bud sitting on the stool at the front of my classroom. He peeked his head back in about ten minutes later to check and see if I had seen it yet. This thoughtful gesture made me smile and reminded me of why I absolutely love teaching. It is such an honor and privilege to be someone that kids look up to and adore. They bring so much joy to my life!
The other moment took place after school. I have started helping students after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. I am working to provide additional support in order to help with foundational concepts. One first grader I have been helping has wonderful ideas when it comes to writing, but she's struggling with writing the correct letters. It's difficult to read her writing and she becomes discouraged when trying to read it out loud. I sat down with her and worked with her on letter sounds and stretching out words when writing. She completed a piece of writing with me sitting next to her and she was applying the strategies I had taught her. When her mom came to pick her up, she handed her mom her writing with a big smile on her face. As her mom read it, I watched as tears started to stream down her cheeks. When she finished reading it, she looked up at her mom and said, "Mom, why are you crying?" Her mom said, "because I could understand what you wrote!" It's absolutely incredible to watch a child feel successful with something they've been struggling with. I will never forget the smile on her face and the way she hugged her mother.
Check back again soon as I have lots to share. I am greatly encouraged that you are reading this and I feel so supported!