From Krissy Venosdale’s post on We Are Teachers:
“This post is about you. That’s right, you and your teaching and the difference you make. It’s not something that we like to talk about. Teachers are humble and hardworking, and behind the scenes we do whatever it takes to support our kids. But you make a difference. Every single day. On the good days, the hard days and the days that feel like some kind of crazy chaos, you make a difference.
That conversation you have with your student on the way to the cafeteria, talking with him about his dog? He’ll remember that. The way you slip a few dollars into her lunch account so she can have a hot lunch today? She doesn’t even know you do it, but she feels loved.
The excitement you show when the experiment works out and the liquid bubbles over means they all get excited too. And when that experiment doesn’t work out? They’re looking to you to see how you handle it. You show them that mistakes are what learning is about, and they learn that it’s OK.
Sharing your hobbies, your passions and your goals with your students shows them that you are a learner too. Your example ignites their passions and fires up their desire to find their own hobbies and goals.
The time you took to know each of your students on an individual level, to celebrate their growths, and to remind each and every one in some way that they are a part of your classroom? It matters so much to them all.
Your honesty when you don’t know the answer, or your desire to learn more about their questions? It’s all making a difference. A difference that you may not see for many years, or even ever know in a tangible way. But it’s there. Day by day, moment by moment. One connection at a time, teachers make the world a better place.
Day by day, moment by moment, it’s so easy for this to get lost. Lost in a stack of papers. Lost in a series of conversations about strategies and objectives. Lost in the roller-coaster downhill slope of the end of the school year. But it’s there. Connect with your kids and you’ll be reminded. The best reminder of all. You make a difference.”
Here’s our last week at a glance for the 2013-2014 school year:
Monday, May 26th
No School: Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 27th
2nd Grade & Multiage Bowling Field Trip
1st Grade Class Building @ 2:30pm (Room 100)
Wednesday, May 28th
1st Grade & 103/107 Buddies with 6th Grade (@ Lincoln)
Retirement Celebration @ 4pm
Thursday, May 29th
PreK Class Building @ 9:30am
Last Day of School (1st-3rd Grade) Full Day (Students dismiss at 2:20pm)
Friday, May 30th
Happy Birthday Tanya Disheva
End of The Year Ideas for Students (click below)