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Day Twenty-One of the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Challenge. I'm also blogging with students at Linda & Jonathan's Class Blog Tweet at #SOL15
Thanks to Tara, Dana, Anna, Betsy, Beth and Stacey for these terrific three weeks! Ten days to go!
Whew! After the previous two weekends when I wrote my students' units of study and then wrote their evaluations and prepared for conferences, I am celebrating a weekend where I can have a normal time of preparation for the next week, plus clean and straighten and read, things that have been delayed, things just for me.
As I worked through all these things, I gained a new admiration for all teachers who work so hard to do good things for their students. I hope each of you give yourselves a pat on the back for the work you do. I finished conferences, had twenty-two satisfying conversations with students and parents, readying ourselves for the coming weeks that slide swiftly to the end. It's been quite a journey, only fifteen weeks with this class working with a new teacher, different approaches and expectations. I'm so appreciative of the support and welcome from both the students and the parents. Today I'll organize my notes from each, re-visiting and again being glad of the talk that will help us finish the year well.
In addition, I'm celebrating my assistant, who sat through each conference, adding what he could to enhance our time with the students and parents. I appreciate that he was there with me.
I celebrate books and reading. When my mind is so filled with information, of talk, I find that sitting with a book is restful, a reward that ends a busy day. Often I don't manage reading for pleasure unit late in the day, and love that time of relaxation.
My students are also taking the Slice of Life Challenge, and I am proud of their persistence in writing. With only a few exceptions, every one has posted every day, they are branching out into using words to share parts of their lives in creative ways. And I celebrate that they are exploring what they write. Some are crafting poems, beautiful poetry from some who've never thought they would venture into this kind of writing.
It's been a good week, but I do celebrate that it is done! Happy Spring everyone.