Thanks to Two Writing Teachers who every Tuesday provide space for us to share our reflections and slives of life.
Last Thursday was the start of what I call the “alphabet days.” It means we have twenty-six school days left in the year. Twenty-six days until I retire. Today is “W” day. I display a book that begins with that letter. Today it’s WISHTREE by Katherine Applegate.
I want to find ways to make the days slow down. Between the BOGO book fair happening in the library, state testing, emotional fifth graders who are also facing a transition, field trips, and teaching thrown it, it seems the time is speeding by us.
Yesterday, I felt I was wearing my crankypants when I taught my first fifth grade class of the week. After school, I reflected on the scene (I actually told the class I was sorry for being so cranky) and realized how we both at in states of transition. It made me wonder what do I want each day to be like as school comes to a close.
Do I want it peaceful, happy, in the moment? Filled with love and knowing I have done enough? (I worry about this excessively). This morning, when the next fifth-grade class came in, I began class by naming the fact that we both are facing transitions and that I want the next few classes to be filled with joy. Guess what, class went far more smoothly.