It is report card writing season. This weekend is the big push. I am going to be spending a lot of time on the page. It’s all about my students supposedly, but it doesn’t really feel that way. I need to assign grades. Sigh. I have big allergies to this. It feels like labels. I don’t do labels. It feels stuck. A measure of achievement. Yet, learning in our room is all about movement. Traveling along a continuum. Big leaps. Tiny steps. Looping back and then surging forward. A. B. C+ These letters have little to do with that.
I need to use language that is supposed to be specific but actually confuses everyone including me. It’s hard to be specific and remove the jargon. It’s hard to be specific and capture each child. Oh, my, my. I am going to be spending way too much time in these next few days on the page writing about my students. How can I capture the wonder of the daily in the room magic in a document like this? Report card writing season. How I despise it.
What do I celebrate this week? All of the time doing what we do everyday. The shared experiences are what the learning is all about. It is where one can watch what these learners really do. So before I have to leap into the deep end of the report card writing situation I know I can’t avoid, I am going to hold up and savour some in the room moments.
Every day, I celebrate being in the room and bearing witness.
This week, I particularly treasured:
- Reading poems aloud more than once. Oh, Joyce Sidman, you are every kind of brilliant. Having the children clamour to share their favourite lines or phrases. That they ask if we can do this everyday.
- Listening to the sincerity expressed during gratitude circle. “I am grateful for the clothing give away. Some kids got to get some new things they needed. And they were happy.”
- Having a child (once described as a struggling reader) ask me if we could have some quiet time one afternoon. He wanted to read more. His book was too good to be away from.
- Math on Thursday morning. After 35 minutes of exploring problems and various ways to represent and solve them, I correctly pointed out that I hadn’t taught a thing but simply held up fantastic solutions and led a discussion. When the learning happens from each other, well . . .
- The giggles, the singing, the smiles that is buddy reading with our Kindergarten buddies. The quiet pride that lingers in the room when the little ones line up to leave.
- When one girl, new to our school this year, told me that this school feels like home. Her smile when she said this – everything.
I will write report cards.
I will try to showcase the growth, the personalities, the strengths.
But, I look forward to Monday when I can once again be
in the moment,
with the children,
in the room.
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.