Reflection: The Fuel #sol19

For the month of March , I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (#sol19) sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. I will be slicing each day for 31 days inspired by my work as a literacy specialist and coach, my life, and my fellow bloggers.

Reflection:  The Fuel #sol19

March 27, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 8.59.58 PMFeeling a little tired after facilitating a curriculum meeting yesterday after school yesterday, reflecting on my retired colleagues’ happiness displayed over dinner last night, and three  problem solving meetings before ten,  I am definitely out of sorts.  Not an acceptable way to be in an elementary school.

Heading down the hall after missing a few groups this morning,  I stop by the door to pick up my 10:20 appointment.  His whole face lights up with a smile.

Here I am, he says.

After sending him back to fetch the book we are discussing together, we head off down the hall.  I haven’t noticed yet but my mood is already starting to lift.  We sit down head to head to catch up with Sugar and her chicken squad.

Chapter 6?  I say.

Chapter 7! my companion says assuredly.

I flip through the book pages, reading our thoughts from the preceding days. Sugar is the kind of chicken who likes to make plans that help herself.  Sugar is the kind of children who takes charge.  Sugar is the kind of chicken who has lots of ideas.  I remind him that we are the kind of readers who want to solve the mystery, but know our work for this book is to think about the character and how she changes.  We read another chapter together, whispering when the character whispers, being loud when she is loud.  Soon it is time for our final thoughts and back to class.

See you tomorrow, he says.

Can’t wait, I say.

Off then to another third grade where they are comparing two books,  Nerdy Birdy and A Bike Like Sergio’s.  One of our writers exclaims that he can’t possible write or remember all of our thinking…  Give it a try, says his teacher.  Practice with Mrs. Kennedy.  Soon my time with them is up,  then on to the next class, where we are tackling a story mountain considering Peter’s motivation for running away from home and returning.

By the time I return to the literacy center,  there is a spring in my step, happy thoughts fill my head and a smile graces my face.  The intervention teacher working in the center turns to me and smiles back.  Oh, I sign,  I need to remind myself that the cure for everything is a little while with the students.

Yes, she says, you do need to remember that.

14 thoughts on “Reflection: The Fuel #sol19

  1. >I need to remind myself that the cure for everything is a little while with the students.<

    Sometimes, it's that smile or that silly comment or even that mischievous act that puts us back where we need to be: firmly with our positive energy and with our students. This was a slice I needed for today. Thank you for sharing with us! 🙂

  2. Running meetings exhausts me too! I could go on about that. But I love how you turn it around and share the interactions between you and children. Important reminder of why we do this work and what really matters.

  3. It is so true. Focusing on the kids can turn even the worst day into a happy one. I used to work for someone who said, “If you’re having a bad day, just go spend some time in kindergarten!” He was so right.

  4. I liked how you brought us through those same emotions. I was worried that the post was going to be a rough one at the beginning. It was uplifting by the end. Thanks for that.

  5. Lovely! Your last paragraph and sentence say it all! It is true that the time we spend with the kids is the reason we are there. Meetings and daily requirements that often have nothing really to do with helping our students be more successful, experience joy, and become more independent can make us feel tired and even depressed. So positive at the end! We always need to remember what brings us joy, too!

  6. They are the incentive in change – when the going gets rough we need to remember the children. I love the snapshots with the kids – I could feel your mood lighten with each interaction. Thanks for lifting our spirits as well!

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