Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone had a great today. Before we get to Wednesday centers, I have to share a story from today.
Teaching is hard and often time thankless. There are days when it’s difficult to find a positive. There are days when we wonder if what we’re doing is working or if we’re making a difference. And then there are days like today. Days that remind us that what we do matters and what we do is changing lives and opening little minds (and big minds) to the wonders of learning and reading. Today was a day that reminds us of the power of expectations. Today, my friend Fire Drill reminded me that every child can be taught and every child can meet the expectations set before them. I have shared our challenges (and HILARIOUS moments) working with Fire Drill. Early in the year, I set a goal to teach her to read a book. That was my expectation. She would read me a book by the end of kindergarten. A book. 9 weeks ago that little pistol completely blew this teacher away when she successfully tested on a level 1 reading level. I never expected for a second that we would reach that point. Today, I was hopeful she would stay on a level 1 and not regress. I was even a little hopeful that she would make it to a level 2. Remember, expectations are powerful things. Not only did she read on level 2, but she went on to pass level 3. My friend Fire Drill, whose goal was to read me 1 book, is now reading on a level 3. In fact, she had 93% accuracy and 100% accuracy on comprehension. Expectations. That little girl has worked incredibly hard to get to this point. She never stops (EVER…always on the go and into something…), she never gives up and most importantly, she is a happy and positive bundle of happy! Today, Fire Drill reminded me that what I do matters and more importantly, she reminded this teacher that my students can and will meet every expectation that I set to them. No matter how low or how high. If we expect it, they will achieve. My new goal for Fire Drill? To read on grade level and beyond!!!! Today is a career high and a powerful reminder of the power of teaching and learning. Thank you Fire Drill.
Now, how about some math and literacy centers?! It’s been a busy week in our centers…pigs…St. Patrick’s…basketball…The Dr. Who Shall Not Be Named…vowels, compound words, QR Codes, graphing, sentences, addition and subtraction. We’ve got it covered!
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Greg I have a question for you that I would really appreciate if you answer because i'm SO curious. For your centers…. what are the labels you use? Listening center, word work, and what else? I'm starting your wheel next week and would appreciate your info!
YAY for FD! I had a great week grading my Kinder Kids writing. I know they are doing so well, because they are feeling confidant reading and are transferring those skills. This is the best time of the year, right before it ends, right when all the hard work starts to pay off and everything falls into place. Exciting.
Ms. K/1 ELL