Time has been on my mind a lot lately. Mostly I am wanting it to slow down. Yesterday I told my fifth graders that I had been working on their reports over the weekend.
“Already?” Y. asked.
“Already! Can you believe it is almost the end of the semester, which means you are almost halfway done with fifth grade?!”
“How does fifth grade go so fast when fourth grade went so slowly?” she asked.
“Because it’s so fun,” I teased (although in truth it IS so fun!).
“The week after next, we go on our overnight and the week after that is the last week where we will have Book Week and Sports Day,” I added.
This morning I looked at my phone for a quick time check and… ack, the numbers got all fat! I updated my phone and the numbers on the screen are big. Does my phone know I am getting older and making assumptions about my elderly eyes? Is my phone trying to show me how quickly time is passing? How can I change it back to the old, familiar font?
At school today we were ready to start our book clubs, as we are beginning our fantasy reading unit. I passed out calendars so they could plan their reading.
“Some groups will read their book quickly and probably read at least one more, while other groups may take the full time,” I noted. This is partly because the books are all different lengths and complexity, but also because the students have to agree within their group.
“Something’s wrong here, how can there be so few days,” someone commented.
“That’s all the time we’ve got,” I reminded them.
The semester ends in less than four weeks. I want my time on my phone to go back to the old way, and I want our time in our class to slow down. We will lose two of our class members at the break as they move away and gain a new classmate- change is hard. We are in our November groove.
Just like last week, I am reminding myself to slow down and appreciate the now.