Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
I love Saturday mornings, even blustery and snowy ones, because it gives me a sliver of free time to pause (my OLW!) and reflect upon the week’s events. ..here is my chance to celebrate the highlights, such as:
My daughter Olivia’s a Capella group was invited to audition for America’s Got Talent! A talent agent spotted their You Tube video, and boom! invitation to audition. So, today I celebrate this trio of hard working musicians, and all the hours of practice and planning they put into this thing they love: music. (She’s the one on the left)
My kiddos at school. We finished our nonfiction partner reads this week (blog post to follow), and they worked so hard to make the most of this learning experience. There were so many moments this week when I just had to pause in my conferring rounds to sit back and just take in the work that was going on – great conversations, careful notations, all the thinking work that goes into reading non fiction. There were many steps to the process I was trying to teach them, the habits of non fiction reading, and they went along with enthusiasm and patience. So, I celebrate the readers in my room:
My friend Sue Clary, whose constantly updated Facebook page nourishes my soul with photographs like this (that’s a Harry Orlyk landscape – he’s a brilliant landscape artist):
Seeing Diane Ravitch at the Fox Lane School in Bedford, N.Y. with my good friend Bonnie Kaplan. Diane gave a wonderful speech, cautionary, insightful, and uplifting. I felt lucky to be there among so many deicated teachers who had come from far and wide, many with Ravitch’s new book, Reign of Error, ready to be autographed.
Now, to visit and enjoy other celebrations!