Some mornings we just have no idea. I left for work Friday in the pouring rain. In the dark. Feeling tired. Not looking forward to a weekend of report card writing. It seemed to be a Friday to finish. To get on the other side of. Instead, it was a Friday of wow moments. My smiling started before the first bell had even rung and it just got brighter. This was a beautiful teaching day. A day of funny. A day of focus. A day of inspired moments.
Sharing five favourites.
#1 Why is it so important to have a classroom library full of fantastic books? Because of moments like this. A student who brings her little sister in early to read to her.
“Should I read you this book? Okay, sit down. Let’s start.”
My classroom is a room for readers. Present, future and past. Nothing is better than that.
#2 Reading Workshop is in full swing and full of conversations that make me know it is all coming together. I had the pleasure of listening to this reader read aloud to me today. We talked about fluency. It went something like this (I took notes!).
Me: “Your reading is becoming so much smoother. You are changing your speed, your tone, your volume. It is so enjoyable to listen to you read. What do you think has helped you improve so much? What has worked?”
S: “It’s not just me. It’s you. Because you talk about all of those things and you show me when you read aloud. You teach me when you show me. And Reading Workshop really helps me. I get to read so many books and all of the words in so many books.”
Me: “So you like all of the time we have to read everyday? It makes a difference for you?”
S: “Yes. There’s a lot of books in here. Kids need lots of books.”
#3 We finished reading The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry today. Our discussion was so thoughtful and mature. It stretched into a conversation about nonfiction picture book biographies and reading preferences. I was so inspired, I think it will become a blog post. I love learning from my students.
Update: It did. Nonfiction conversations: Talking nonfiction picture book biographies with kids
#4 Math was wonderfully focussed today. We worked on representing and solving multiplication equations with multiplies of 100. Students recognized that 300 x 3 (300 groups of 3) can be switched to 3 x 300 (3 groups of 300) and more easily solved. “I’m doing the switch thing,” they kept announcing. So, wonderful. A productive math class. And then part way through lunch, 5 girls showed up. “We’ll be quiet. Can we do more math?” How do you say no to that?
#5 Every year my Mom makes hats for every child in my room. And all of the Ks and all of the 1s at my school. She also knits hats for my sister’s K classroom and the K classroom across the hall from her. Yes. Really! My students got their hats today and wore them all afternoon. We wrote poems about our new hats. We kept them on through Choices time at the end of the day. These girls are writing songs. With their hats on. I think it improved the creative process!
At the end of the day, I asked for some group pictures. Just smiling is never enough for my class. We have to pose doing various emotions. I call them out, they eagerly comply. “Show me silly.” “Show me excited.” “Now do tired.” “Big smiles.” The photo below is “shocked”
Can’t get much cuter.
This week I celebrate fantastic days that come out of nowhere. Days that make me so happy I do what I do. Days where I get knocked over by the awe and joy I feel for my students.
Thank you to Ruth Ayres, for the inspiration and her Celebration Link up that she hosts each week. I love how being a part of this #celebratelu community reminds us weekly to look for the positive and take some time for gratitude.
I love every bit of your celebration. Those moments in the classroom when amazing, revealing, rich conversations are happening- the best. And your mom’s hats are wonderful. What a special memory and keepsake for those children.
Thank you Lisa. I have a great Mom and an amazing classroom community! Lucky teacher!
I LOVE the hats (and all the books!!!!!!).
These are pretty fantastic hats. And the little readers whose heads they adorn need lots and lots and lots of books! Priority!
Every bit does make a wonderful Friday, Carrie. Your mom is a ‘wonder’, and surely is a fast knitter! the hat-giving must be one of the nicest things I’ve heard someone do in a long time, & yes, there are others. I suspect there’s magic in those hats, hence the creativity!
My Mom is a wonder! She begins knitting now for the following year. It is truly such a special thing.
I LOVE reading your blog posts. I’m always inspired by the energy, creativity, and passion that shows up in your classroom pics and descriptions. And your mom makes hats for all your students?! What?! Incredible! Now I see that you come by your amazing-ness honestly! 🙂
Thank you for this Holly! My Mom has always been my super hero.
What an amazing family and community you have!!! Such JOY just pouring forth! Thanks for sharing!
So true – amazing family and community. I am blessed.
Such a beautiful gift from you mother! I love that they got to wear them while they worked. What a great way to explain – a Friday to finish. I have been there. I’m so glad you had a day that surpassed your expectations and that you were able to see the wow moments.
Thanks Crystal I love when these days just come out of nowhere. Sometimes when we need them most.
I love how you held onto home and turned a ho hum day into a celebration….the kids + you = a celebration possibility every day.
Now that is a wonderful equation to treasure!