Seasons of Love
Having just completed the last set of Parent Conferences for the school year I am struck by how quickly this year is zooming by. It is my first year at a new school, so there have been many adjustments. It is the first time in a long time that I did not know most of my students before the school year started. I told several parents at conferences that at this time of year I always wish that I had told the principal that I would like to move up to fourth grade with the students. Now that we know each other better we are so productive as the students and I have history together and we can cut to the chase when we need to, as we understand much about each other’s wants and needs. A favorite song, “
A favorite song, “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent came to mind this weekend as I read their slice of life blog posts. It is interesting to think about what we will all take away from the year together. I know that our memories will vary, and what one student will take away may be something quite unintended on my part.What I hope they will take away is that we were a community for the year, but that the bond can be forever. I hope they remember that learning is exciting and individual, but also highly collaborative. I hope they remember that a growth mindset allows for even more learning. I hope that they remember that words matter and that books can take you anywhere. I hope they remember that asking questions shows that you are thinking, mistakes help in learning, and we are all learners. They are a great group of third graders and I look forward to a fantastic last quarter with them.
What I am trying to focus on is all that we have accomplished so far so that the ticking clock does not send me into a frenzied panic about all that is left to do. I want to be mindful of what matters most, and if I had to pick one word it would be community.
So, this is not really a slice of life, but a slice of what is whirring around in my brain as I look over lesson plans for the week ahead.