Happy Tuesday friends!

I have been sharing my challenges of my large class this year (honestly, it’s only been 4 days!) I got to thinking today as I was reading some comments, that I hope I have sounded defeatist or overly negative.  Is this year a challenge unlike others, ABSOLUTELY!  Do I have a large class?  The largest ever!  Behavior challenges?  Two extreme.  ELL with no Enlglish?  Check.  But guess what?  These are my little monsters and my charges and WE CAN DO THIS!  WE WILL DO THIS!

Despite my personally observed negativity, today was a much better day!  I have mentioned my ELL friend and her challenges.  Today was a roller coaster.  She really acted out (hitting, throwing things!) and then I brought her older sister from 3rd grade and WOW did we have a major breakthrough!  She sat down in her chair!  She colored!  SHE WROTE HER NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!  She went outside and played.  And here is the best part…

I was watching her from a far (not really that far, but you get the point!)  I saw two of my sweet girls go over to her.  They just stood beside her and waited.  When my friend looked at them, they just waved and smiled.  As they stood there, my friend reached over and grabbed my shy ELL friend’s hand and they just held hands!!  And my shy ELL friend SMILED!  Then they all got on the swings!

I got some high fives from her!  She sang with us!  She lined up and walked in line!

Friends, I have not stopped smiling.  I might have even shed a small tear.  It was a GREAT day and renewed my hope that this is going to be a great year.  In fact, I know it will be a great year.


Also, I hope you will all join my linky party about the funniest things a student has said to you!

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  • Reply Laura August 8, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Aww!! What a nice day for you! I am afraid I am going to have 23 or more also (with three of those specially abled). Going to be a busy year! Hope you get another teacher!

  • Reply Jennifer K. August 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

    That is awesome Greg! I am going to take your “We can do this!” attitude and apply it my year too – it is so nice to see someone focus on the positives! Thanks for sharing )

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  • Reply Jena Snowden August 8, 2012 at 1:25 am

    You can do it and you will do it! Then you will come home and blog about it on my new favorite blog I've done. LoL!

  • Reply Kelly August 8, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Aww..wow! Your story has made my day (night!). Thanks for sharing. Nothing is sweeter than the kindness shown between children. Love it…and love reading your blog. Stop by sometime:)

    First Grade Fairytales

  • Reply CDNKTeacher August 8, 2012 at 3:10 am

    What a great story. I've been quietly reading about your first few days, completely relating. I usually have 2-5 kids with no English at the beginning of the year and, by Christmas, you'd never know! But I did have one who didn't speak a word until May. 🙂

    School hasn't started for us yet but I think I'll have 21 kids, 1-2 with special needs and about 16 ELL. It will be a challenging but fun year! Hope your year gets better and better.

  • Reply Michelle Gaetjens August 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I love your new look!

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

  • Reply Ms.M August 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Sooo, as an ELL teacher, more specifically a K/1 ELL teacher I love your story. Have you thought of making picture cards of the students and of places in your school & room? I do this and put them on a ring, for my kids, and leave it at a center. They just LOVE flipping through the pictures. Then in a week or two they can identify places and student names. It is a place to start.

    Feel free to ask me for any help or ideas with ELL kids. Always glad to help.

    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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