I have a theory...patience (and maybe a touch of Hope).
I recently took ten minutes to watch this Ted Talk by Deanna LeBlanc.
Who is your Sammy? When I listen to Deanna's Ted Talk I think of all my Sammy's, I think of the student that is on my last nerve. The student that I have redirected thousands of times. The student that lashes out for no reason. The student that has seemingly given up.
So here is the challenge, as we hit the final stretch and we are all showing signs of fatigue, how do we give more?
A couple days ago I saw one of my former student's brothers at a gas station. He had his toddler with him and I'm pretty sure he didn't even notice me. But I noticed him. I didn't ask about Michael, I already knew. I knew that a few years ago Michael was in a car accident and passed away. Michael was in my first ever classroom. I still think of Michael, I still remember him climbing out my classroom window. I remember him chasing the train at Greenfield Village. I remember him trying to be the class clown on a daily basis. I remember redirecting him time after time after time. I remember my patience wearing thin.
And I still wish I could go back and have a moment to tell him he matters to me.
For many of you your opportunity with this group of students is nearly over. I know that you have given your heart and soul to your kids. I leave you with two thoughts -
1) Stay patient
2) Cherish the moments, when it is all said and done it won't be about the test score, it won't be about the grade.
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, May 25th: Happy Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26th: AM Fire Drill
Tuesday, May 26th: 3rd Grade M-Step Makeups
Wednesday, May 27th: K-2 Assembly 8:45am
Wednesday, May 27th: 10am 5th grade to the Middle School for Move-Up Day
Thursday, May 28th: Grades 1-5 Field Day at SAU
Thursday, May 28th: Patti's Retirement Celebration after school
Friday, May 29th: IEP's in the AM
Articles Worth Reading:
Homework: An Unnecessary Evil? by Valerie Strauss
The Best Graduation Speech...Never Given... @FSonnenberg
Masters of Disguise @GenieneD
5 Tips for Helping Angry Children Have Better Days @jonharper70bd
5 Communication Tips for Educators @curriculumblog
7 Reasons it is Time to Move On and Embrace Change @marcandangel
High School Senior Suspended on Last Day over Dress Code... @HuffingtonPost
Videos Worth Watching:
Clarinet Scene from Mr. Holland's Opus (7 min)
Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx (8 min)
Never Walk Alone... (14 min)