We had the first session of our book study this morning. The conversation was lively (to say the least) since several of us having very differing philosophies about teaching reading. I said all the things that were on my heart and felt better for having spoken up. Sometimes I just sit back and stew about things, gripe
about things to my friends, and get myself all in a lather when I should just speak up right on the spot. Now, will anything I said make one bit of difference? Who knows, but at least I know I tried. It makes it easier to speak my mind when I'm fighting for what I think's right for kids.
When I got to my classroom after the meeting, I was feeling a little defeated because I just feel our school is heading in the wrong direction in literacy instruction. But . . . my students were waiting patiently by the door because they knew we had to say our "good morning" greetings to one another before going into the room!!!!!! Here it is the 2nd full week of school, and my little sweethearts know just what to do. I'm serious when I say I was touched by their behavior. Then . . . a little girl handed me a card that said, "Happy Labor Day. You are the best teacher." I thought I'd just break down and cry. About that time another little girl handed me an envelope that I thought might be her book order. When I opened it, I found a wonderful little paragraph she'd written to tell me all the reasons she was happy about being in my classroom!!!! I just couldn't believe I could be so blessed!!!!
You know I say it often, but I never get tired of reminding myself how fortunate I am to have the awesome opportunity to teach.
More later . . .