Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
First, I have to celebrate the learning in 202, and my fabulous group of sixth graders. This week, we brought all our research about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 together and created newspapers. Project based learning always takes more time, but I know that it’s a worthy endeavor when I hear my kids discussing the events they reported upon with confidence and interest.
Next, I celebrate #5bookFriday, which has become a wonderful tradition in 202. My kids sign up to book talk, and this becomes an event to both aspire to share as well as get excited about listening to. It’s so much better when students hear about great books from each other – they are empowered readers!
Neither Allison Jackson not I were able to make it to NCTE 15, but thanks to thoughtful friends (Fran McVeigh and Ryan Scala!), we felt included in this most kind and unexpected way:
So, I celebrate friends like these!
Twitter allowed me to stay connected to all the great learning that was going on in Minneapolis, however. Again, I am so grateful to generous colleagues who share their notes and the wise words of those we trust to bring us new and inspiring ideas with which to teach. I celebrate my fellow educators, who “get” this essential idea:
Finally, I celebrate the last of our town’s farmer’s market. It’s been a wonderful Sunday tradition to spend some time admiring the fruits and vegetables stacked in a glorious array of jeweled, joyful plenty. Today, we bid the farmer, bakers, and honey makers goodbye until next Spring: