It is Friday, it is sunny and I have a weekend planned with fun, family stuff. You might think that those are enough for my 3 best things, but no... today I am looking for the best in my classroom. My case of the February's is still lingering and I need to kick it out NOW!!! So many great things happen in this classroom all of the time and I need to take more time to appreciate that.
#1 Our unit on Civil/Human Rights is coming to an end and I finally feel like my students are beginning to understand what I mean when I say that I don't just want information that can be found in a quick Google search. I never imagined that this would be so tough. They are such bright kiddos with amazing ideas and questions, but when it comes to research, it is all just surface stuff. No digging deeper, no asking WHY again and again (even after a million discussions as well as modeling on this), but today I saw a glimmer of it. There may be hope yet before the end of the year.
#2 In addition to yesterday's math test revelation for both classes, another student also excelled on the test (after a very rough week personally for her here at school and home) and it seems to have changed her sour mood. All week she has been in a HORRIBLE mood, giving everyone so much attitude, so yesterday I gave her a hug and told her I thought she did a great job (even before I graded her test). Guess what? 97% and the smile is still on her face today. Sometimes we forget our impact and just a simple reminder of how awesome they are can make the difference in a crappy week (hers and mine).
#3 My 5th and 6th grade reading kids (unsolicited) decided to have a lengthy conversation about all of the great things we have done in this class over the last few years. I love that they remember these and enjoyed the projects as much as I do.
Today has been a very good day to be a teacher!
A part of me is beginning to regret my 3 Best Things idea. It seemed like such a great way to stay positive and really look at the best in my day. Today wasn't bad, but it was just kind of meh. If the best thing so far was that my commute wasn't bad, then is it really worth writing about. So what happens when I have a meh day? Do I write about that instead? Some days it is difficult to really find a small moment worth sharing. Like really, really difficult. If my day was boring to me, it has to sound boring to all of you. I have not even had time today to bask in the knowledge that the house will be quiet and clean when I get home. A day like today makes me want to eat junk and do nothing. Sadly, one of my 2018 goals is to cut back on the junk and I already promised my sister I would workout with her (after my 30 minute shift at our McTeacher night at McDonalds). So here are 3 (not the best, but not meh) moments from today that at least made it bearable.
#1 - In both of my advanced math classes (5th and 6th grades) one of my "lower: achieving students in each class had the highest score on our tests. I always try to cheer on the underdogs and it was so fun to see the joy on their faces when they figured out how well they had done!!
#2 - My favorite 5 year old nephew Facetimed me so that I could see his 5 year old face for the last time (tomorrow he turns 6).
#3 - Tomorrow is Friday! I feel a little worn out by two of my students this week and am dreading passing back one's math score tomorrow (he is going to lose his mind). I am not looking forward to this and hope that he surprises me, but if not, it will still be Friday.
I already know my best things for today. I have been anxiously awaiting this day for the past few days, but first let me place a disclaimer on today so that I don't come across as a heartless wife; I really do love my hubby. After almost 16 years of marriage and 20 years together I know I made a good choice. He is kind and funny and we still really like each other. He is everything I am not; spontaneous, laid back and a really good sleeper. BUT, he is also loud(loud TV, loud music, loud voice), messy, he snores and he talks way too much! Last summer we bought a new house which shrunk his commute from 1 hour down to 15 minutes so now he is home much earlier. Home during the time that used to be my quiet hour, when I could cook and just wind down from my day. He is there now; talking, watching TV, invading my space, leaving his crap laying around.
#1 - Today he leaves for Vegas on his annual boy's trip for 5 days!!!!
#2 - I do not have to cook for 5 days (I am perfectly happy with cheese and crackers for dinner but when he is home I feel like I should make a "meal").
#3 - The bed will be made every day (he is still sleeping in it when I leave for work), no dishes will be in the sink from late snacks, the TV will probably never get turned on and I will enjoy the solitude of my own clean home.
I have a feeling one or more of these might show up again on my list over the next 5 days! Did I mention that he will be gone for 5 days?