Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
(Some of) this week’s celebrations:
1. My students…which teacher would not want to come back to school and find a note from the substitute teacher like this:
It’s been dreadfully cold here in New Jersey, which has had an adverse effect on my fybromyalgia. By Wednesday, I knew that I would need to take a day to be off my feet and sit tight in a warm room. So, I let my kids know exactly what was up, and what the learning plan of the day was going to be on Thursday. On Friday, I found this note on my desk. When I saw Fran, she told me that the day began with a computer glitch; but while she waited for the tech person, my kids reminded her that they were also supposed to begin preparing for their nonfiction book club meetings on Tuesday, so they would just do that while they waited. Fran was impressed – and I was moved to tears. Instead of taking advantage of the situation, my kids took advantage of time to keep learning. I celebrate my kids.
2. This picture from #nErDcampNNE:
My friend Diana Marc-Aurele posted this photograph on Twitter – “authors share their process…so inspiring!” I’m thinking of all the learning fun going on right now in Maine as this teacher-generated PD goes into full swing. I’m following the Tweets as best I can, and taking notes. I’m savoring quotes such as this one, from Lynda Mullaly Hunt: “See your kids as children first before you see them as students.” And I am celebrating the fact that in this age of so much negativity directed at teachers and what we are not doing well enough in our classrooms, we go out and create opportunities for ourselves like this. Together with the writers who enrich our work, we say: this is what we are all about…pay attention to what we really do!
3. These pictures Donalyn Miller shared from her day in Colby Sharp’s classroom:
So, who wouldn’t want to be a kid or have a kid in this classroom?! Colby’s classroom radiates book love and kid love, and all the things Donalyn writes so eloquently about literacy and “wild reading”. I celebrate classrooms like this – all our children deserve them!
4. This man:
We have Monday off to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. I hope to see “Selma” that day, and try not to think of all the work he began that still remains undone.