Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Celebrations





It's always good to end the week on a positive note.  Sometimes we concentrate on the negatives.  We have a choice.  Choose positive.  Choose to celebrate.  I will be joining Ruth Ayres and her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week.  Check out all the other celebrations HERE !

I haven't written in awhile, and I think after this first week of SBAC testing there is a lot to celebrate! Perfect time to write! 

Celebration #1 We made it through our first week of SBAC testing. I am incredibly proud of ALL the students persevering through this test. The students never gave up and rolled with the punches of technology, test formatting, and software glitches. Everyone put in their best effort! They didn't want time to be called and were so worried their work would be lost. I think this speaks volumes to our students desire to be academically successful! Of course, it made me even more excited to see how the students would sneak in every free minute they had during the testing block to independently read! They all wanted to talk to me about their books. How cool is that?!

Celebration #2- I nominated a friend and colleague for Teacher of the Year at my school and she won! Ironically, Jen actually gave me flowers, a kindness coin and a thank you card for nominating her! While to some it might seem like a popularity contest, I do believe that every teacher should be acknowledged for their hard work and dedication they give to students and staff everyday. A simple thank you or "Hey! Great job!" goes a long way in a profession that is under fire a lot these days.

Celebration #3 My son Nolan has begun to use more words! He's added to his vocabulary the following: "Oh lord!" "Dave!" "Batman!" and " I want me!" My other son Drew is taking another risk and convinced me to sign him up for Karate Classes. He starts Monday and is thrilled!

Celebration #4 My friend Theresa and I signed up for a workshop with Ellin Keene! My friend Christine and I are going to see Chris Lehman speak on Tuesday! 

Celebration #5 My friend and colleague, Greg, told me that for the longest time he questioned the need for a Literaxy Coach. He felt a Lit Coach should work with students and not teachers. However, after the two of us worked through teaching the ritual of closely reading with a text structure lens, he sees my role in a whole new light. Because of our work together, he sees how I am not there to judge teaching but rather to support and encourage. Greg said, " I now see how your work with teachers not just impacts struggling readers, but all readers and teachers. I have a better understanding of the CCSS and text structure because of you. I see how it makes my kids think deeper, have better conversations and written responses." 

Celebration #6 My husband,Dave, fully supports my career as a Literacy Coach. When I need to work late, attend a meeting or workshop, he's right there to take care of our boys when I can't be. I married a saint!

Thank you Dave, Greg, Jenn, Nolan, and Drew! You gave me so much to celebrate this week and next!