The pressure was building this week -- one week left to get all the assessing done, and my wonderful assistant was our sick for 3 days. And we have had a "Pink-eye" outbreak in the class -- had to send a child home every day this week until today. Plus a 2 hour faculty meeting yesterday.
Anyway, even with the help of some great parent volunteers, I was feeling like I just couldn't do a good job teaching all these kids.
This morning I got up early as usual to have time for morning devotions, and I read this verse: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." It was just what I needed, so I went to school with a new, improved attitude. And the whole day went so much better. I decided to look for the good -- and I found lots of it. We took time for more singing -- it's more fun to sing the days of the week and numbers than just drilling flashcards, (Thank you Dr. Jean and Jack Hartmann) I used the "Dojo" behavior tracker and gave lots of points -- even random points for no good reason. My volunteer stayed all day and helped a LOT.
But here's the part of the day that gave me so much encouragement -- Writer's Workshop!
Next I showed the beginnings of this train picture with the words "the litl" The writer explained that he was writing about a little book that he could read. So we talked about writing the whole sentence and he went back to his seat to finish it. He wrote "the litl puff is good book. I like i" TWO sentences!! Woohoo!
By now, the rest of the class was eager to get their own journals and start writing. This one was inspired by the train in the example, but she just wrote the list of words on the pocket chart. So I asked what she meant to say, then I drew a line for each word in her sentence and she went back to finish it -- and even added the word "Yellow" (Thank you, Heidisongs") "I like to ride my yellow train."
Yes, that is why I teach -- to share the joy a child feels when he or she realizes that they can read and write. I had to gather up a few journals to take down the hall to show someone -- but it's also very satisfying to share my excitement with other bloggers around the world.
Tomorrow my assistant will be back and we will figure out how to get everyone assessed. I hope the "Pink-eye" has run its course -- but I am going to try to remember to celebrate -- and give thanks -- for these small moments in the day!