Time to Celebrate!

It’s that time of the year, where we get overwhelmed with school work, the holidays and everything else we need to do! I don’t know about you, but my to do list keeps on increasing. I cross off one item, then I need to add five more. I’ve come to a point of not putting things on my to do list, because I think it will just stress me out more if I can’t cross it out immediately!

I think as teachers, we get so caught up in all that we need to do, we don’t stop and reflect enough on our accomplishments, how small or big they might be. I love that in reading and writing workshop, at the end of every unit, we have some sort of celebration, where we celebrate the hard work that my students have done as readers and writers. Sometimes it’s an all out publishing party with food and parents, other times, it’s a simple sharing with each other.

What if as teachers, we were required to reflect and celebrate after each quarter/semester the work that we do as teachers?

A small accomplishment that I felt proud of was when my students got really excited to read a particular book I recommended. The book I recommended to my students was Because of Mr. Terupt. I actually first heard about this book from a post from Two Writing Teachers! It has been a hit with my students. I have one copy that has been rotating around and another student just finished it this weekend. I love it when books in my class have a long waiting list and students can’t wait to read it next! My student came in and told me, “This book makes me write a lot of post-it notes.” I just smiled back. The other two students that read the book absolutely loved it as well!

My student had about 3 more pages full of post-its!

So today, stop and take a moment to reflect on the past few months and share with us one of your accomplishments! Let’s celebrate all the great work that you have been doing!

For more slice of life entries, go to two writing teachers!

Everyday Should be Teacher Appreciation Day!

My head was pounding when I woke up, I knew it wasn’t a good sign. I started getting ready for school and started feeling so nauseous, I was sitting on my cold bathroom floor, hoping that it would go away. I managed to make it to school, but as my kids started coming in, I had trouble keeping my head up. When my students were in chapel, my principal suggested I rest in the nurse’s office. As I laid down on the bed, it felt oddly weird, but comfortable lying down in school on a bed.

Afterwards, the nurse gave me some medicine, not sure what it was, but I ate it anyways and picked up my students. I couldn’t really go home, because we had our literary magazine school wide celebration that afternoon,which I wouldn’t miss no matter how sick I was. As we got back to the classroom from chapel, our room mother was there waiting for us. She brought me the most beautiful flowers and presents for teacher appreciation day! Why don’t they have this holiday in the states? (Or do they?) The actual day is Sunday, so we are celebrating today.

In addition to the flowers and present from the class, my students each made me cards! It actually wasn’t much of a surprise, because fifth graders are not good at being secretive. Yesterday, I overhead a number of students talking to one of my students, about giving him the cards and I saw a few students making cards in class. I didn’t say anything to them, because that would be kind of mean, so I pretended to not notice. I mean it was hard not to notice, they kept asking me if they could use the different construction paper.

Well, thankfully, I started feeling better after a few periods, and our literary magazine celebration went really well! We set up our gymnasium like an art museum and had all the students’ published writing pieces and artwork on display! We also had the author of the Korean book Cloud Bread come in and speak about being a writer.  I plan on writing another post about the book Cloud Bread soon!

Flowers & presents from my students!

The homemade cards! ❤

Our art exhibition with student work.

Poems my students wrote.

Artwork from one of my students!

Cake cutting ceremony for the literary magazine.

The cutest cake ever!